Kia ora tatou,
After today’s announcement from our Prime Minister, BATS’ doors will continue to be closed to the public until we are able to reopen them. However, we are still working. We meet daily (albeit remotely) and work together as a team to stay on top of this ever changing situation.
Today we discussed our strategic plan and how pertinent it is that BATS continues to deliver to this regardless of the current climate.
Our vision: Live art lighting up lives.
Our Mission: To create safe spaces for artists and audiences to expand possibilities.
BATS has always been a place to innovate and experience new forms of art. This has not changed- alongside the talent and resourcefulness of our community we will continue to create safe spaces for expression.
With an ever changing performative landscape, we will continue to connect Wellington with live performance. BATS is more than the building - we still have the opportunity to showcase local and national talent on a larger global scale.
When we first closed to the public on Thursday there was a huge desire to continue to still get as much fringe in your face as we could. We rallied together, borrowed some gear from our mates, and through some generous donations from our whanau, we were able to subscribe to some software, enabling us to showcase George Fowler and his team’s work to the world. We had people from Kilbirnie to Germany, and Canada to Te Anau tuning in. Luckily the internet has no fire safety numbers so we could cram more audience into the room than ever before. This is a testament to their team and ours to work quickly and dynamically in response to this new atmosphere.
It was lovely to join in the Fringe Award celebrations last night, both online and in person. We would love to congratulate all of the nominees and winners (but especially our beautiful BATS shows).
We have been heartened by the way in which our community has banded together at this time, and especially the way that people are turning to BATS to express their love, and desire to continue to make.
Obviously things will change and we are ready for it. Let’s keep talking to each other.