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Italian Film Festival in November

Press Release – Cinema Italiano Festival
Movie buffs prepare: the Italian Film Festival is coming to New Zealand. Featuring a heady selection of films that celebrate Italian life in all its forms, The Cinema Italiano Festival will begin its six month national tour in June. Read more »

International Dance Day (free) at Te Papa

Press Release – Youthdance
YouthDance Education Trust present International Dance Day, free dance workshops, films and performances. Read more »

The legendary voice of the Moody Blues

Press Release – Skip Ink
14 October
Michael Fowler Centre

One of the world’s most celebrated prog-rockers, Justin Hayward – the legendary voice of THE MOODY BLUES – announces a tour of New Zealand in October. Read more »

“Powerhouse” Wellington doubles its film production revenue to $644m

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
New Zealand film production revenue doubled in 2016 to more than $1 billion, Stats NZ said today. A bounce-back from a quiet 2015 by Wellington’s movie sector was mainly responsible. Read more »

Wellington’s famed Marmalade Studios failed, owing $183,000

BusinessDesk report by Jonathan Underhill
Marmalade Audio, the Wellington music and post-production studio whose output included Dave Dobbyn’s 1986 hit with Herbs Slice of Heaven and Telecom’s Spot the Dog campaign, failed owing just $183,000, the liquidators’ first report shows. Read more »

Te Papa’s Gallipoli exhibition seen by 1.3million people, so far

News from Te Papa
More than 1.3 million visitors have explored Te Papa’s Gallipoli: The scale of our war in the two years since it opened. Read more »

Te Papa’s bugs exhibition closes, after 130,000 visitors

News from Te Papa
Te Papa’s spectacular science exhibition about the genius of bugs closes, after a hugely successful four month season, on Easter Monday. Read more »

Council gives $65,000 to community groups

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council has been busy allocating grants for organisations and community groups all over the capital – supporting initiatives to encourage creativity, develop cultural projects, and celebrate diversity and innovation. Read more »

Upper Hutt aquatic centre maintains its safe accreditation

Press Release – H2O Xstream
Upper Hutt’s H²O Xtream has again been recognised as aPoolSafe facility. Being PoolSafe means the complex has passed a series of tests and checks to ensure it is meeting industry standards for safety to limit serious harm in pools. Read more »

Razor-sharp dance by RNZB

Press Release – Royal New Zealand Ballet
Energy and rhythm are just some of the hallmarks of young Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s acclaimed dance works to be presented by the RNZB this May and June. Read more »

Wellington to host its biggest Jazz Festival – 250 musicians, 150 gigs

Press Release – Wellington Jazz Festival
The capital is getting ready to host its biggest ever jazz festival in June. Read more »

Remembering John Clarke

VUW photo

News from VUW
Victoria University of Wellington is saddened at the death of John Clarke. John was a comedian, writer and satirist who first became known in New Zealand during the mid to late 1970s for portraying laconic farmer Fred Dagg. Read more »

Composer Sessions in MFC

Press Release – SOUNZ
The eight works selected for the 2017 NZ Composer Sessions will be rehearsed and recorded at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre this week. Each work will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, and recorded by Radio New Zealand Concert to create up to 90 minutes of high quality NZ orchestral recordings. Read more »

Jimmy Buffett chooses Opera House for his Wellington show next week

Press Release – Chugg Entertainment
When US singer songwriter and ‘King of Margaritaville’ Jimmy Buffett was invited to play at the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest, he decided to make good on his cancelled 2011 New Zealand shows, following an accident while performing at his Sydney show the night before he was due to land on our shores. On the opening of the touring window, Jimmy decided to do some research on where to play in New Zealand. Read more »

Upper Hutt Brass Band returns to national competition

Press Release – Upper Hutt Brass Band
The Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Band Brass Band will return to the contest stage on 21st and 22nd April at the 137th New Zealand Brass Championships in Wellington. Read more »

Disco legends Boney M coming to Opera House in June

Press Release – Classic Promotions
Boney M were a phenomenon in the 70s, and to this day, the their hits – ‘Daddy Cool’,‘Ma Baker’, ‘Rivers of Babylon’, ‘Rasputin’– are still the life and soul of the party. Read more »

The Stranglers bringing their classic collection to Wellington next February

Press Release – NicNak Media
One of the UK’s most important musical exports, The Stranglers announce their return to New Zealand in 2018 with their biggest tour in 30 years, ‘The Classic Collection’. Read more »

Joe Pug at San Fran in July

Press Release – Isaac Promotions

Following his appearance at last year’s Southern Fork Americana Fest, Joe Pug announces his return to New Zealand for his first headline shows with his new album ‘Windfall’ – performing at Wellington’s San Fran on July 19. Support for the show will come from Ryan Adams endorsed singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, in her first solo performance in New Zealand. Read more »

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