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Bookings now open for Renee Fleming with NZSO in September

Press Release – NZSO
Glamour will sweep into the capital when Grammy Award-winning super diva Renée Fleming makes her debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in a one-off show on 12 September. Read more »

Wellington hip hop crew chosen to represent NZ in Caribbean

Press Release – Zion Studios
Four crews from Zion Dance Studios competed at the Hip Hop Unite (HHU) competition in Wellington on Saturday, with their senior crew, Polaroids, taking out the top spot and being selected to represent New Zealand at the World Championships in the Caribbean in December this year. Read more »

Launch of te reo music video made in Porirua

Press Release – Porirua City Council
A new te reo music video shot on location in Porirua is being launched to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, which starts today. Read more »

Korean festival, including K-pop contest, on waterfront this Saturday

News from WCC
Korean food, drums, kite-making, K-Pop and hip-hop will feature at Wellington’s first K-Culture Festival on Saturday at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront from 11am to 4pm. Read more »

Buggy walk in Upper Hutt

News from Sport Wellington
Sport Wellington Buggy Walks are a free event occurring every month. The walks take place at a different location every month and aim to provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to discover some of the many buggy friendly walking tracks throughout the Wellington region. Read more »

15,000 at Parliament to see light show celebrating capital’s 150th anniversary

beehive light show
Twitter photo from James Shaw

News from WCC
Fabulous weather coupled with the opportunity to explore some of the city’s rarely seen treasures proved a hit with the public today as Wellington celebrated 150 years as the capital city. More than 15,000 people watched the spectacular Big Birthday light and sound show at Parliament. It included performances by Dave Dobbyn and the Orpheus Choir. Read more »

2324 people visit Te Papa’s storehouse in Tory Street

Press Release – Te Papa
Te Papa threw open the doors of its Tory Street storehouse today, welcoming 2,324 visitors. Thousands more visited Te Papa on the waterfront, where tours took people to the back of house areas, normally closed to the public. Read more »

Melbourne Cup rides the cable car, and visits Weta Workshop

Press Release – Melbourne Cup
Residents of Wellington today celebrated the arrival of the ‘People’s Cup’ when the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour visited the capital as part of its New Zealand leg. Read more »

Film Festival’s opening night sold out; 37 other screenings also fully booked

The annual New Zealand International Film Festival starts today in Wellington, with its opening night feature at the Embassy Theatre already sold out. Read more »

Colossal Chorale at the Cathedral

Press Release – Orpheus Choir
The Orpheus Choir is delighted to present two choral masterpieces in one short winter concert: Poulenc’s playful Gloria and Bruckner’s sublime Te Deum. Read more »

Simon O’Neill returning for major role in NZ Opera’s Tosca in October

Press Release – NZ Opera
NZ Opera General Director Stuart Maunder’s new production of Tosca brings home New Zealand’s most celebrated living tenor for his first major opera role here in over a decade. Simon O’Neill, who has studied the role of Cavaradossi with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, says it is some of the greatest music ever written for a tenor. “I am just delighted to come back home and sing when, I hope, my voice is on the way to its peak. Puccini is such a great joy to sing – it’s like Italian olive oil on the vocal cords.” Read more »

Earl Sweatshirt plays to sold-out Bodega

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Scoop report and photos by Francis Cook
The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega tonight – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming started, which then broke into yelling as they rapped along to “Pre” with Earl. Read more »

Dancer from Tawa improvises a solution after shoulder injury

Press Release – University of Auckland
Sometimes life does not go according to plan. For twenty five-year-old Tawa-born Jonny Almario, a career as a dancer was temporarily derailed following a severe shoulder joint injury. Read more »

Sirocco Kākāpō, a rare bird, arriving for six weeks at Zealandia

News from Zealandia
New Zealand’s national spokesbird for conservation, Sirocco Kākāpō. arrives in the capital next week ahead of his six-week stint at Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Read more »

Julie Lamb Band with the Spines at the Fringe Bar

Press Release – Julie Lamb
Two of Wellington’s inveterate originals bands – the Julie Lamb Band and The Spines – will perform at the Fringe Bar in Allen Street on 31 July. Read more »

World premiere of new RNZB ballet in Wellington in August

Press Release – Royal New Zealand Ballet

The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In an unprecedented artistic coup the Royal New Zealand Ballet has commissioned one of the world’s most sought after choreographers working today – Liam Scarlett – to create a brand new ballet for the company. The Vodafone season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have its world premiere on 20 August in Wellington ahead of a five centre New Zealand tour. Read more »

Courtney Barnett at Bodega in November

Press Release – Great Things
It’s just ten months since Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett played her first New Zealand show at a sold-out Kings Arms. She returned in January to play St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and will bring her band to Wellington for a show in November. Read more »

Anna Coddington and Lips at Meow

Press Release – Noise PR
Solo artist Anna Coddington and NYC-based duo Lips announce a headline tour where they will take to the stage as a three-piece for the first time. Read more »

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