Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

Chinese deal for new animation series to be made in Miramar

Press Release – Pukeko Pictures
Wellington’s Pukeko Pictures has signed a development deal with Chinese entertainment group Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company to produce ‘Kiddets’, a sister series to Pukeko Pictures’ hit pre-school animated series, The WotWots. Read more »

Wild Things campaign wants families to get out into nature

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
Ten Wellington region ‘N’ature attractions have launched a summer campaign to encourage families to get out together into nature this summer to enjoy more green time and less screen time. Read more »

Tropfest announces Avalon partnership

Press Release – Tropfest NZ
Tropfest New Zealand has today announced a new partnership with Wellington’s Avalon Film & Television Studios for the 2016 festival. Read more »

Dark Starr: a lingerie and fashion show in Kilbirnie

Press Release – Venus Starr
Venus Starr is a woman of many talents – from internationally renowned tattoo model and burlesque performer to Headmistress and teacher at Venus Starrs School of Burlesque, from mother, to established producer this one woman powerhouse is set to bring yet another show stopping event to Wellington. Read more »

Magic, mind-reading, mirth, mayhem

Press Release – Mountebank Entertainments
At that time of year when we talk about the magic of the holiday season, why not celebrate with some real magic at The Monthly Mystery? New Zealand’s only all-magic-and-mystery show returns to the Fringe Bar in Wellington on 10 December at 7 pm. Read more »

AirNZ and Gallipoli drive financial turnaround for Te Papa; 1.55 million visitors

News from Te Papa
Te Papa has had one of its most successful years since opening, as detailed in the museum’s 2014/15 Annual Report, tabled in Parliament yesterday. Read more »

A Christmas Karel Čapek from the Bacchanals

Press Release – The Bacchanals

Music! Comedy! Satire! Christmas! Robots! Cookery!
“Statistics tell us that over 1,001,001 New Zealanders want our theatres to put on more plays about, by and for robots,” says director David Lawrence, “but will Creative NZ listen??” Of course not! All they care about are objectives and outcomes, like the robots they are destined to be replaced by. So be thankful that your old pals The Bacchanals Are Back!TM and ready to punch common sense in the goolies by giving you what you really want for Christmas: a Christmas show featuring Christmas and robots, performed by a combination of humans and robots! “The robots were meant to be a surprise,” laments Lawrence, “but they’re also the show’s main selling point so arghh!” Read more »

Elsie Anderson guesting at Christmas brass band concert

Press Release – Upper Hutt Cossie Club
The well established Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club Brass Band are in full swing for their Christmas Concert at the Club on Logan Street on Sunday 29 November. Read more »

Dave Murphy and wild pork burgers at Cosmopolitan Club

Press Release – Paul Lambert
Wild food , top live blues music and local craft beers come together to remind Wellingtonians the’ Craft Beer Capital “ is alive and well in Upper Hutt. Read more »

Hewitt Humphrey facing redundancy in RadioNZ restructuring

BusinessDesk report by Pattrick Smellie
One of the most recognised voices on New Zealand radio, Wellington newsreader Hewitt Humphrey, is facing redundancy in a restructuring at Radio New Zealand that the state broadcaster says is vital if it’s to break even in the current financial year. Read more »

Stages of Cheer at Bats

Press Release – Making Friends Collective

In 2013, we brought you Stages of Fear: four visions of terror from some of Wellington’s most exciting young theatre companies. We’ve decided that we’d prefer not to have coal under the Christmas tree this year, so we’ve prepared some presents for Wellington instead. Read more »

Performance Arcade back on the waterfront next March

Press Release – The Performance Arcade
“A beautifully curated programme of performing and visual art works”
– Mark Amery, Radio NZ National

The Performance Arcade returns to the Wellington Waterfront next year from 2 – 6 March. Read more »

Hip-hop trailblazer at Meow for new year partying

Press Release – NicNak Media
Hip-hop legend DJ Premier will be in Wellington to bring in the New Year and party like it’s 1999. Read more »

Cat Power at the Paramount

Press Release – Kurt Shanks
Cat Power returns to New Zealand for an intimate theatre-only performance in the Paramount Theatre in Wellington on Tuesday 2 February. Read more »

Santa in Tawa parade

Press Release – Lions Clubs Of NZ
The Tawa Lions Community Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, 5th December at 2.00pm. Read more »

Lights, flags, carols and (two) Christmas trees

News from WCC
The city council is planning fantastic Christmas celebrations for Wellington. The flags will be flying, the lights will be lit, and giant Christmas trees in Midland Park and Courtenay Place will be twinkling. Read more »

Limited edition from Craig Elliott

Press Release – Muzai Records
Having found himself lost in Amsterdam, ex-Wellington musician Craig Elliott has resurfaced from the hazy environment of Damrak with a compilation of his previous online only offerings. Abandoned Theme Park will be available on limited edition cassette tape and the usual streaming/digital services from December 11th. Read more »

Russell Howard here in 2017

Press Release – Elephant Publicity

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