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Pina Bausch company coming to Wellington for four shows in NZ Festival

News from New Zealand Festival
The festival’s Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza tonight confirmed the Festival will present a season of performance and film honouring the great artist Pina Bausch (1940-2009). The season is to be part of the 2016 New Zealand Festival (26 Feb – 20 Mar), which is also the 30th anniversary of the event. Shelagh said the Festival had been waiting three decades to bring Bausch’s company Tanztheater Wuppertal to New Zealand. Read more »

Moon Duo at San Fran in November

Press Release – Moon Duo
As night ascends… fall through the psych side of the Moon Duo in solar transit to southern realms. Ripley and Sanae return to Wellington this November as a trio with John Jeffrey now firmly on drums. Read more »

Michael Houstoun explores influence of Bach at MFC next month

Press Release – SWPR
Revered New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun explores the musical influence of J.S Bach in Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘Kaleidoscopes’ with a concert in Wellington in September. Read more »

Wellington’s Thunderbirds rating well, with exceptional toy sales

Press Release – Pukeko Pictures
As ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Wellington’s Pukeko Pictures continue to build upon the international reach of its highly successful new boys’ property Thunderbirds Are Go, the firms today share details of the brand’s success in New Zealand and Australia. Read more »

Barbarians revitalising bowling club with nine-day mini festival

Press Release – Barbarian Productions
Wellington theatre company Barbarian Productions has a new home at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club in Brooklyn. Read more »

Puppet playground at Capital E for school holidays

Press Release – Capital E

Kakapo in Kiwi Moon-Please. Credit: Stephen A’Court

Immerse yourself inside a world of manipulation at Capital E these September/ October school holidays. Puppets from all walks of life including string, marionette, digital and even the little white kiwi from Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Kiwi Moon will be coming out of the box to play. Read more »

Midsummer Night’s Dream a hit for RNZB

Press Release – Royal New Zealand Ballet

Dancers: Tonia Looker, Harry Skinner. Credit: Stephen A’Court

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has a major hit after the sell-out world premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington last night. Read more »

Why does Robbie need the council’s help?

basin robbie williams

by Lindsay Shelton
Why does the city council want me to buy tickets to Robbie Williams’ show at the Basin Reserve? And not just any tickets. It’s telling me that I should buy the most expensive “reserve lounge” package. Read more »

FringeFest registrations open 27 August

Press Release – New Zealand Fringe Festival
The NZ Fringe Festival is set for 12 February – 5 March in Wellington and registrations for shows and events open via the website ( on 27 August and close on 8 October 2015. Read more »

Sounds like Winter from Sydney to Wellington in September

Press Release – Deathrock
Describing their music as “a cold soundtrack for the disaffected… crafted from a love of post-punk and 80s darkwave synth”, Sydney’s Sounds Like Winter have just dropped their stonking new video single, ‘Ishmael’s Bones’, and are set to embark for a show in Wellington this September. Read more »

Playshop returning to Improv Festival

Press Release – Pippa Drakeford
PlayShop Performance Company will be a Wellington company not to miss at the New Zealand Improvisation Festival. Read more »

David Blyth retrospective at Nga Taonga

Press Release – Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s season of Horror Unleashed! is the first major retrospective of films from the controversial director David Blyth. Read more »

Te Papa named as one of the world’s 500 best places to visit

News from Lonely Planet
Nine of the world’s all-time best places to visit are in New Zealand, and one of them is Te Papa, according to leading global travel authority Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist, published today. Read more »

Wellington’s vampires will return – ‘Shadows’ sequel being developed

A sequel is being developed for the popular movie about Wellington vampires, What We Do in the Shadows. Read more »

8,000 children at Artsplash this month

News from WCC
Artsplash Festival kicks off this month and behind the scenes of New Zealand’s biggest primary and intermediate event is the energetic Mary Prichard who has been helping to organise and coordinate it for 28 years. Read more »

PHOTO: Massed choir of 800 voices sings as climax to NZ’s biggest choral contest

big sing mass choir
Photo: NZ Choral Federation

New Zealand’s biggest choral contest ended in the Michael Fowler Centre last night with the magnificently unique sound of a massed choir of 800 voices. Read more »

Lucid Effect announces new EP, and tour

Press Release – The Lucid Effect
Wellington singer-songwriter The Lucid Effect is heading out on tour – the EP release “I Came From A Dark Place” is the latest in a line of releases from frontman Declan Ramsay. Originally from London, by way of New Plymouth, Ramsay has been releasing music since the age of 17 and shows no signs of stopping. Read more »

No man drought in Wellington – dating site attracts more men than women

Press Release – Trademe
Despite reports pointing to a ‘man drought,’ New Zealand’s premium online dating site FindSomeone is not seeing any signs that women need to worry about a lack of potential partners. Read more »

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