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Thu, 16 Nov


Cultural Conversations

‘Aya and the Butterfly’ by Birdlife Production

A puppet and music show for ages 3 to 9 years and all the family. A child’s journey back to happiness with puppetry, music and more!

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‘Aya and the Butterfly’ by Birdlife Production
‘Aya and the Butterfly’ by Birdlife Production

Time & Location

16 Nov 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cultural Conversations, Morrison Square, 244 Hardy Street, Nelson


About the event

With the help of creative New Zealand funding, award-winning children’s theatre company Birdlife Productions are creating a new puppet and music show for children, using exquisite puppetry, live music, lots of joining in, and giant caterpillar fun, promising a poignant experience for children and their whanau.

‘Aya and the Butterfly’ is based on a children’s book by Ōtautahi/Christchurch based author Dr Maysoon Salama, who wrote the story for her young granddaughter Aya, after Aya lost her father in the Christchurch Mosque attacks in 2019. Dr Salama has been working closely with Birdlife Productions as a cultural advisor, to help bring her story to the stage.

Although it touches on feelings of sadness and grief, it also encourages ‘letting go’ and laughter, resilience building and dealing with change, all metaphorically reflected by the life-cycle and metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly. Designed for families and ideal for children aged 3 to 9 years.

At this challenging time of the reopening of the Coronary Hearing for the Ōtautahi/Christchurch Mosque attacks and amid the devastating events unfolding in Gaza, Aya’s story is more important now than ever. Come and meet Aya at Cultural Conversations and be part of the movement for change!

A recent article in The Education Gazette about Birdlife Productions and ‘Aya and The Butterfly’  Capturing emotions and imagination through live theatre – Education Gazette

Review quote “Everything about this show is perfect” Birchwood kindergarten Leader, Aug 2023

Suggested donation $5 to $20

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