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Creative Bay of Plenty Launches Artist Podcast Series

A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
A new streaming interview series hosted by Eric Holowacz that explores Bay of Plenty creative identity
General Manager Eric Holowacz sits down with the region's artists and creative people to discus life, place, inspiration, and identity...

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Just in time for another pandemic lockdown, Creative Bay of Plenty is invading the airwaves with a brand new podcast series, Creative Patapatai. Hosted by General Manager Eric Holowacz, the streaming audio show features conversations with fascinating creative people from across the Bay of Plenty. The podcast discussions explore local arts identity, sense of place, creative and cultural memories, and that magical thing known as inspiration.

"Right after the first Covid-19 lockdown, our organisation began expanding the ways that we feature, promote, and celebrate our region's artists," says Holowacz. "And with this new podcast series, we take a deeper dive and learn more about background, creative process, and influences."   

Following the mid-2020 disruptions, Holowacz and his team began expanding the Bay of Plenty Creative Directory—an ever-growing digital reference and listing of Bay of Plenty, artists, performers, venues, and cultural organisations. From that source, the regional arts agency evolved a new in-depth written interview series called Creative Patapatai based on twenty curious and provocative questions. As that written content grew, and the online interviews began to populate the Creative Bay of Plenty website, it seemed logical to expand to a recorded interview format—and the new podcast series designed to stream right across lockdown and into home audio bubbles was born. 

To make it happen, Creative Bay of Plenty assembled a project team of local creatives. Holowacz engaged young Tauranga creative leader Kendra Stone to serve as project producer, and partnered with Grant Hislop at Mood Media—based in Tauranga Historic Village—to oversee the technical and studio elements for the podcast. Marketing Lead Rose Treadwell then worked closely with Mount Maunganui designer Charlotte Rose and Lovely Creatures to build a strong graphic identity for the Creative Patapatai podcasts, while also developing mass distribution platforms to bring the interview series to the world. 

"It was a truly wonderful spirit of collaboration and project management," says Holowacz, "With everyone working throughout the pandemic and with a sense of mission and creative support over the past six months." 

Creative Patapatai the Podcast is now streaming on Spotify, iTunes, and on the Creative Bay of Plenty website. The first three interview episodes feature film-maker and creative director Louie Bolton, emerging curator and museum professional Ellie Smith, and photographer and visual communicator Kendra Stone.  Each episode is between a half hour and forty-five minutes in length, and additional interviews are now being planned. 

"This has been one of the most meaningful and rewarding projects to have come out of our pandemic work," says Holowacz. "The subjects have been gracious and engaging, the conversations have been fascinating, and the project team was simply awesome in every way. And now we offer these new podcast interviews—and Bay of Plenty creative voices—to the world!" 

Further information: 

Creative Bay of Plenty is one of New Zealand's leading regional arts and cultural development agencies, and works to ensure a thriving creative community in Tauranga and the Western Bay. The organisation was founded in 1969, and is led by General Manager Eric Holowacz, Arts Marketing Manager Rose Treadwell, and Funding Advisor Annie Hill. The non-profit charity provides support to the region's artists and cultural organisations, fosters new creative placemaking initiatives, connects community, and promotes people, organisations, projects, and events in the Bay of Plenty. 

Contact details: 
hello@creativebop.org.nz

Written by

Eric Vaughn Holowacz

30 Aug 2021

Eric Vaughn Holowacz was born in Princeton, New Jersey and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Irmo High School, and was a member of its National Championship academic Quiz Bowl Team in 1986.