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Another record attendance: 79,000 admissions at film festival in Wellington

News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has once again exceeded attendance records, with over 79,000 cinema admissions in Wellington. Read more »

Introducing the Discovery Garden

News from Wellington City Council
An area being designed for children in the Wellington Botanic Garden has been officially named as The Discovery Garden – Te Kaapuia o Te Waoku, we are all part of nature, after consultation with local iwi and other stakeholders. Read more »

Doll’s House marks sponsor’s 30 year partnership with Circa

Press Release – Circa Theatre
The production of A Doll’s House marks 30 years of Chapman Tripp’s sponsorship of Circa Theatre. The production, re-imagined from Ibsen’s original by writer Emily Perkins, is showing at Circa until 2 September. Read more »

Name UL releases a “super organic” winter in Wellington song

Press Release – Name UL
My first song of the year came up today! Read more »

The sad centenary of the Paramount


by Lindsay Shelton
Wellington should be celebrating this month’s hundredth anniversary of the Paramount, which is New Zealand’s oldest operating cinema. Instead, the city is allowing the centenary of the Paramount to be marked by its closure. It’s a dismal situation. Read more »

Anika Moa at San Fran in October

Press Release – Great Things

The fans have asked (repeatedly) for it, and Anika Moa has listened. The beautiful, witty and talented singer/songwriter today announces four concerts for her fans. Read more »

Paul Kelly at the Opera House in November

Press Release – Frontier Touring Company

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that one of Australia’s most loved and respected artists Paul Kelly will embark on a three-date national tour this November and December. Touring in celebration of his album Life Is Fine (out now through Universal), which just debuted at the top of the ARIA Album Chart and rocketed to #1 on the NZ Heatseeker Chart, Kelly will play theatres in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Read more »

What’s happened to the movie museum?


by Lindsay Shelton
It’s now a year since the Wellington City Council voted to spend $150million to build Peter Jackson’s movie museum, with a convention centre on the top floor. A year later, there’s no explanation of why work hasn’t started. Read more »

A treat from Whitireia students

Press Release – Whitireia NZ
Whitireia Stage and Screen Arts students present ‘Sapai and the Yam Snatchers’ by Michelanne Forster and Leilani Unasa Read more »

Review: Romeo and Juliet

Review by Rachel Pommeyrol

Photo Stephen A’Court

Romeo and Juliet, perhaps Shakespeare’s best-known coupling, was never intended by the author to be danced, but rather to be declaimed. Nonetheless, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. Francesco Ventriglia, who ends his collaboration with the RNZB with this production, has proposed a choreography that matches Prokofiev’s poignant music, lyrically interpreted by Orchestra Wellington under Hamish McKeich direction. Read more »

Acclaimed American singer to deliver devil of a performance in MFC

Press Release – NZSO
American Eric Owens, one of the world’s greatest living bass-baritones, will perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington this week in a performance of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. Read more »

Angus and Julia Stone at the St James

Press Release – Live Nation
Australian folk rock/indie duo ANGUS AND JULIA STONE will return to Wellington this December during their Snow Tour. Read more »

Music Showcase at Bats

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Wellington Independent Music Showcase (W.I.M.S)
27th – 30th September – Bats Theatre
4 acts, 4 consecutive nights, 1 intimate venue.
Read more »

Political Cutz: free haircuts and election discussion at pop up salon

Press Release – Joint Press Release
A collaboration between quirky theatre makers and chatty hairdressers will see the return of Political Cutz, a pop-up hair salon offering cheap coffee and free professional haircuts in exchange for political discussion in the lead up to the General Election. Read more »

Stagecraft premieres ‘Wonderland’ musical

Press Release – Stagecraft
Stagecraft is inviting audiences to the freak show, with the premiere of a locally written musical, Wonderland, opening 30 August at the Gryphon Theatre. Read more »

Six60 with Nico & Vinz

Press Release – Great Things
SIX60 are teaming up with Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz for The New Waves World Tour – taking the two acts across Europe in October and November, before heading downunder for four massive New Zealand dates in January. Read more »

Wellington Pride Festival to feature 32nd year of queer fair

Press Release – Wellington Pride Festival
The annual Wellington Pride Festival | Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara is to return next year, a two week long festival celebrating the LGBTIQ+ community in Wellington. The much loved ‘Out in the Park’ queer fair will open the festival on 24th February. Read more »

Stubbornness took quirky author to victory in book awards

Press Release – NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Ten years of hard work, a truckload of stubborness and a sympathetic press helped take fledgling author Julie Lamb to victory at the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain won Lamb the brand-new Best First Book Award at the awards event in Wellington tonight. It is published by up-and-coming Wellington publisher Mākaro Press. Read more »

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