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Wellington trio in national finals of Chamber Music contest

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Wellington ensemble Trio Funky Dumky is one of 12 semi-finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest National Finals. Read more »

260,000 visitors – best year yet for Wellington Zoo

Press Release – Wellington Zoo
After 110 years, Wellington Zoo is thrilled to have had its best year ever. With great community support with the highest ever visitation numbers, Wellington Zoo has built on its strong foundations to support more local and global conservation and community programmes than ever before. Read more »

Capital E presents family favourite Hinepau for school holidays

Press Release – Capital E
Capital E National Theatre for Children brings a fresh take on Hinepau to the Hannah Playhouse from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 July for young people aged 7+ and their families. Read more »

Whitireia students going to dance festival in Portugal

Press Release – Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Passport – check. Dancing shoes, well actually…. bare feet ready to move – check. They’re off! Young, talented Māori and Pacific Island dancers from Wellington’s Whitireia Polytechnic are tweaking their moves as they prepare for an international dance festival in Portugal – and there’s little under three weeks till lift off. Read more »

Ice rink opens on waterfront, 20,000 skaters expected

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington’s waterfront will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Saturday when the City Council hosts the Resene Cool Colour Ice Rink & Slide for the second year running. Read more »

Sharon O’Neill, Sharon Laing plus two at Old St Paul’s in September

Press Release – Civic Events
The 2016 Church Tour presents four legendary New Zealand songwriters, recording artists, and performers together on stage in a unique concert collaboration: Sharon O’Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood & Hammond Gamble. Read more »

Orchestra Wellington presents Capriccio, with Anna Leese

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
New Zealand soprano Anna Leese is coming from Italy to sing one of Kiri Te Kanawa’s favourite roles with Orchestra Wellington. Read more »

Midsummer Night’s Reality Show at Gryphon Theatre

Press Release – Backyard Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Reality Show
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the camera
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St Petersburg Ballet Theatre at St James next year

Press Release – SWPR

For the first time in more than 15 years, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to Wellington in December to present their full-length classic production of the world’s most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake .

First performed in St Petersburg in 1895, the immortal and enchanting Swan Lake, with its unrivalled “white acts”, its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story, is the ballet that towers above all others.

The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake at the St James Theatre in Wellington from Thursday 5 January 2017. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 1 July.

Founded in 1994, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers but also for its stunning, grand, full-length productions. The Company travels internationally complete with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. It is the only classical ballet company in the world that is completely independent of government financial aid or sponsor funding. The Company has in its repertoire the classical masterpieces Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand that it gives 200 to 250 performances every year.

Tour producer Andrew Guild said: “The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is truly traditional Russian classical ballet at its very best. We’re delighted to be bringing this superb company back to New Zealand after more than 15 years. This is the real thing; grand-scale Russian ballet and a complete classical full-length work. If you see only one ballet in your life, let it be this.”

The 60-member St Petersburg Ballet Theatre comes to New Zealand from sold out seasons in London and Paris and has toured to six continents with performances in Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macau and Taiwan. The Company last performed in New Zealand in 2001.

The New Zealand seasons are part of an international tour that includes performances in Singapore, Macau, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

“A world class triumph! Not to be missed!” The Sunday Express (UK)
“Extraordinary. A phenomenal night out.” The Sunday Times (UK)
“A Company with style, restraint and elegance. A Company to be treasured.” Sunday Telegraph (London UK)
“A triumph.” The Times of London

“The St Petersburg Ballet has left a considerable mark on the history of world ballet” Danse Magazine (Paris France)
“Getting full houses at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris.” Journal du Dimanche (Paris France)
“A Night to remember.” The Scotsman (UK)

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The Kills: Wellington selling fast, Auckland sold out

Press Release – Mushroom Promotions
Following overwhelming demand for their first New Zealand visit in seven years, Frontier Touring can confirm that the highly anticipated return by rock & roll duo The Kills to Auckland is now officially sold out – with tickets to their Thursday 28 July show at the Powerstation all snapped up. Read more »

Early riser’s second Aro Valley novel focuses on mathematicians

News from VUW
Danyl McLauchlan rises early every day to write before he heads off to his day job as a computational biologist at Victoria University. His early-morning discipline has paid off. Read more »

Bodega closing at the end of the year, after 25 years of music

Press Release – Bar Bodega
From the owners of Bodega Murray Hepple and Catherine Popert.
It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington. Read more »

Show at the Circus Hub includes trapeze, contortion, magic and more

Press Release – Wellington Circus Trust
Come and watch what some of our circus students and other guest artists have prepared for the occasion. An evening packed with creative, impressive, memorable acts performed by beautiful and talented people in a wide variety of circus skills. Read more »

Film Festival programme launched – details of all films online


News from NZIFF
The Wellington programme for this year’s NZ International Film Festival was announced tonight and is now live on the festival website. Read more »

Internationally renowned NZ choreographers debut new works

Press Release – Footnote Dance Company
Footnote New Zealand Dance presents Transfer; a double bill comprised of two new contemporary dance works from esteemed New Zealand choreographers Jeremy Nelson (New York) and Joshua Rutter (Berlin). Read more »

Seven Wellington ensembles in Chamber Music regional final

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
Seven Wellington ensembles compete in the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest Central Regional Final in Napier on Sunday. Read more »

Fly My Pretties – extra show added at Paramount

Press Release – LOOP Recordings Aotearoa
Fly My Pretties have today added the final shows to the String Theory Tour in August at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre, and Wellington’s Paramount Theatre.String Theory will see FMP perform and record a brand new show, which will result in their sixth album. Read more »

Kerry Prendergast replacing Dame Patsy Reddy as chair of NZFC

News from NZ Government
Former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast has been appointed chair of the New Zealand Film Commission. Read more »

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