Monday, March 31, 2014

Catalyst Pallet Pavilion season finale!

Yes, we've had a fine run at the Pallet Pavilion (2 out of 4 ain't bad?) weather aside, we've loved hosting the open mics at their summer home of the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion.

Now it's the final week at the iconic pile of pallets as it prepares for deconstruction next week and we're part of a week long celebration of the best of the Pallet Pavilion.

Note the early start time as we're double-billing with some live stand-up comedy for a bumper night of spoken word.  Last chance to perform poetry at the Pallet Pavilion, bring yer stuff and your friends and come have a glass of wine with us.

Who knows where we'll turn up next?...

Catalyst Poetry Open Mic
Wednesday 2nd April 6-8pm
Pallet Pavilion (cnr Kilmore and Durham Sts)
entry by koha.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Next Catalyst Open Mic: Weds 19th March, 7pm - the Pallet Pavilion

Note the early start time! We will start at 7pm sharp as it gets a bit chillsome after dark (we find a few wines helps with that!)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Catalyst presents: Lyttelton Poets at the Outspoken Festival

Lyttelton Poets, loungin' at Tommy Chang's bar in Lyttelton.  Photography by justynrebecca

Throughout January and February, Wanaka is playing host to the Outspoken Festival of words and storytelling.  Catalyst is proud to be sending a contingent known as the Lyttelton Poets on a road trip to the fine Lake District of the South Island.  The poets will be appearing at the iconic Cinema Paradiso - cinema, bar and venue on Tuesday 4th February at 6pm - tickets $20.

Sharing the stage with a showcase of Wanaka's finest, the Lyttelton Poets will bring a bit of gritty volcano life from the little port that shook but still rocks.

Lyttelton Poets & Wanaka Showcase

Outspoken Festival

Tuesday 4th February, 6pm

Cinema Paradiso


Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Return of the Return of the Open Mic!

Live at the Pallet Pavilion

Announcing the second, or maybe third coming of the legendary Catalyst open mic.  We're having a summer season at iconic Christchurch venue - the Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion (you can't miss it, it's a giant blue construction made out of wooden pallets) located on the corner of Durham and Kilmore Sts known as 'The Commons'. 
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Fortnightly Shows!

That's right the summer season will feature fortnightly shows on Wednesday nights starting 5th February at 7pm and hosted by Doc Drumheller and Ciaran Fox.  Entry is by koha (donation).  We look forward to seeing everyone again - open mic slots will be limited, first in, first served.  Come along and keep poetry alive in the CBD!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Happy New Year!

Greetings and salutations for 2014.

We couldn't resist it, another quick showcase in the Road Show style to kick off 2014.

Tomorrow (Saturday) 4th January 1pm - 2pm 
at Art Beat 
in Re:START mall.
Catalyst’s first show of the New Year features live music and readings from: Ben Brown, Andy Coyle, and Doc Drumheller.  Copies of Catalyst Literary Arts Journal and books by the poets will be available for sale. A limited edition chapbook will be offered as a free gift for each copy sold of the journal. Hurry while stocks last!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Catalyst Road Show 7 - it's a party! (and a book launch!)

The Road Show is chugging into its final destination as our first ever suburban poetry crawl reaches its climax during Art Beat in Christchurch's world famous container mall Re:START.

Road Show 7 is a very special show marking the culmination of our year-long 10th birthday celebrations.  And we're doing it in style - not only will we have the seventh in our chapbook series  known as 'Catalyst Road Show' but we're actually launching a new volume of the big daddy journal Catalyst.  That's right - a brand spanking new volume of the literary arts journal under our brand spanking new imprint The Republic of Oma Rāpiti Press.  We'll post a separate article focusing on volume 10 soon.

The Catalyst Road Show is a performance poetry and musical experience where poets and songwriters collaborate on the stage. The focus of these events is to provide opportunities for emerging artists to present their work in a setting different from open mics or poetry readings.

Our main objective has always been to provide opportunities for new and emerging writers with a focus on performance. The Road Show is an extension of our mission to make poetry more accessible and available to our community.

Road Show 7 will feature a line up of poets from past and present issues of Catalyst accompanied by the songs and music of Catalyst co-founder Doc Drumheller.

Copies of Catalyst vol. 10 will be available for sale and a limited edition chapbook (Road Show vol. 7) of poetry selected from Volumes 1-10 of Catalyst will be available as a free gift for each copy sold of the journal.

It's a daytime show on Saturday 7th December from 1pm to 2.30pm in Re:START mall on the Art Beat stage - if you're in Christchurch (and even if you're not) come and help us celebrate ten years of literary lava!

Catalyst Road Show 7
& volume 10 book launch
Saturday 7th December, 1pm
Art Beat music stage
Re:START container mall