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“Dazzling” comic novel wins VUW creative writing prize

Kate Duignan, Damien Wilkins, Verna Adam, Rebecca K Reilly

News from VUW
A comic novel has been awarded the 2019 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). Read more »

30th Fringe is bigger and better – 150 events

Press Release – New Zealand Fringe Festival
Hold onto your creative bits! The NZ Fringe is turning 30, and it will be the largest, most diverse festival ever. Read more »

NZ orchestras appoint first Assistant Conductor in Residence

Press Release – Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) is delighted to announce the appointment of New Zealander Vincent Hardaker as the first ever Assistant Conductor in Residence for the group of professional orchestras of New Zealand. Read more »

Wellington spends $311,000 for diversity, creativity and vibrancy

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The environment is the big winner in the latest Council funding round. The council’s Grants Subcommittee has allocated funds to recipients reflecting the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of the capital – and many projects that don’t cost the earth. Read more »

JoJo Rabbit – how it originated in Wellington

Taika Waititi, Christine Leunens and Carthew Neal at the premiere of Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)

News from VUW
The award-winning movie Jojo Rabbit was written and directed by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington alumnus Taika Waititi, but it began with a book called Caging Skies, written by alumna Dr Christine Leunens. Read more »

Christof van der Ven and Jed Parsons at Moon

Press Release – Jed Parsons Music
Christof van der Ven (UK) and Jed Parsons (NZ) join forces from opposite sides of the globe to bring their ‘Together At Last’ tour to New Zealand. Read more »

Allen Stone in Shed 6 next April

Press Release – Bluefest Touring
A great R&B singer with a Stevie Wonder vibe to himNPR
After an incredible tour in 2019 which still has his fans talking, soul and R&B singer ALLEN STONE is making a highly anticipated return next April. With a new album to share, Allen is set to lure audiences with his dulcet tones in Wellington and Auckland. Read more »

500 musicians in CubaDupa’s CubaSonic

Press Release – Cubadupa
Since its establishment in 2015, CubaDupa has been a festival of creative people, a time to connect ideas and experiences, and a weekend that defines community through music and performing arts. For the 2020 CubaDupa, the free celebration takes things to the next level with its most ambitious project yet — a mass musical performance called CubaSonic. Read more »

Curtain rises in February for the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre

Press Release – Kapiti Performing Arts Centre
The date for the opening of the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre has just been announced. The Centre on Raumati Road is near completion and will be open for the public to explore on Saturday 22nd of February. Read more »

Boy & Bear at Hunter Lounge in April

Press Release – Live Nation Entertainment
Australian indie-folk band BOY & BEAR make their return to New Zealand in support of their latest album, Suck on Light. Read more »

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