15 Feb 2022

/rītaha/ - Touch Compass's 25th Anniversary Celebration


Shed 10, Queens Wharf


Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, Touch Compass has rescheduled our 25th anniversary celebration, /rītaha/, to the 15th of February. We are delighted to have found an alternative date in 2022, with the help of our event sponsors Auckland Council and Auckland Live.

Tickets are free/pay-what-you-can, and are currently on sale. Click here to reserve your ticket!


Join Touch Compass as they celebrate their 25th anniversary on 14 September in Tãmaki Makaurau Auckland, and bring together past, present, and future productions under one roof for a gala evening of ground-breaking entertainment in performing arts festival /rītaha/.

/rītaha/ is a smorgasbord of digital works, tactile installations, improvised and choreographed dance, innovative theatre, and thrilling aerial performance, featuring new work from the multi-award-winning artists Lusi Faiva, Rodney Bell and Suzanne Cowan, as well as showcasing many other fantastic established and emerging artists.

/rītaha/ aims to honour accessibility as well as art. The event will have sign language interpretation, live audio description through headsets, theatre performance incorporating audio description, braille programmes for a seated theatre piece, accessible signage, haptic (touch) elements, a quiet breakout space, gender neutral toilets,  and to ensure everyone can access the event, /rītaha/ will be free/pay-what-you-can. There will also be a food truck and a bar to keep people sustained over the course of the evening.

Ka mua ka muri: Walking backwards into the future.

/rītaha/ celebrates the past, heralding Touch Compass’s future, integrating multidisciplinary work into Touch Compass's programming, and inviting disabled and non-disabled artists from other creative disciplines into the Touch Compass korowai.

/rītaha/ - to lean on one's side.

In te reo Māori, this describes the action disabled people take to be part of society. Touch Compass celebrates the true meaning of tangata mana whaikaha - people of power and presence pursuing strength. We break down physical and psychological barriers so all people who have a passion for the arts have a platform to express it, bringing together Pasifika, Māori, and disability-led artistry.

Touch Compass would like to acknowledge the generous support of Creative New Zealand, Auckland Council, and Auckland Live, without which this event would not be possible.

Come celebrate this amazing event with Touch Compass!


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