Entertainment News

‘Give a Home’ concerts for refugees starting in Wellington

Press Release – Amnesty International
A thousand musicians will be performing in people’s homes in more than 200 cities for a first-of-its-kind day of concerts to unite people in welcoming refugees, Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds announced today, marking World Refugee Day. Read more »

13 bands chosen for rockquest final

Press Release – Smokefreerockquest
Wellington Smoke Free Rock Quest heats:
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Annual gospel concert at St Andrew’s

Press Release – St Andrews on The Terrace
Gale Force Gospel will present its annual concert at St Andrew’s on The Terrace on Friday 7 July at 7.00pm. The choir which sings acapella (unaccompanied by instruments) will delight their audience with a musical programme of trains, chariots and wheels in the Gospel tradition. The evening will also include some songs by small ensembles from within the larger choir. Read more »

Jane Campion’s six-hour TV series to premiere at film festival next month

News from NZIFF
The festival’s first-ever premiere of a long form television series has been announced today for the New Zealand International Film Festival which starts in Wellington at the end of next month. Read more »

Anika Moa’s Chop Chop show at Hannah Playhouse

Press Release – Great Things

Where witches and taniwha try to eat little girls and little girls turn into little boys. Welcome to the terrific, wonderful and magical show of Anika Moa and the Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Tour, visiting Wellington this July School Holidays. Read more »

Reactivate – a fund-raiser for Radio Active

Press Release – Radio Active
40-year old Wellington alternative radio station Radio Active 88.6FM has been given a new lease of life with the formation of a charitable trust to rescue the iconic station from imminent closure. A loud and proud supporter of local music and creative communities for four decades, Radio Active now calls upon its listeners and the wider Wellington community to donate in support of the station as it works back to financial stability. Read more »

Fun-filled School Holidays at Capital E

Press Release – Capital E
We’re jam packed with great activities for children and young people at Capital E during the July School Holidays, from inspirational storytelling to musical adventures and 360 degree cameras, our range of options will light their creative spark! Read more »

Photographers join forces with WOW

Press Release – World of WearableArt
What happens when photography and wearable art collide? Magic. New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) and World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) are coming together for a special project, highlighting the skills and talents of the extraordinary New York fashion photographer Lindsay Adler. Read more »

How We Survive: a feminist poetry show

Press Release – Cavern Club
How We Survive is a feminist spoken word performance featuring internationally acclaimed poets Olivia Hall and Carrie Rudzinski. Read more »

NZSO playing Lions’ share of great music from Britain

Press Release – NZSO
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra brings the best of British music and two of its biggest names to Wellington as part of a special festival. Read more »

Michael Houstoun performing two concertos in one Wellington concert

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington
New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun is performing a musical ultra marathon in Wellington next month. Read more »

Burlesque meets Pacific, in memory of Teaiwa

Press Release – Le Moana
After a successful first showing in 2016, The Purple Onion is back for two nights only, as part of the Kia Mau Festival and in memory of Teresia Teaiwa. Read more »

Rodger Fox Big Band Invited to Monterey Festival – support needed

Press Release – Roger Fox
The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September. Read more »

Jonathan Crayford wins award for best jazz album

Press Release – Recorded Music NZ
The Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Album and APRA Best Jazz Composition for 2017 were awarded as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival tonight and recognised the work of two Kiwi jazz greats. Read more »

A Doll’s House: re-imagined by Emily Perkins at Circa

Press Release – Circa Theatre

The re-imagining of the Ibsen classic A Doll’s House by Emily Perkins will be staged at Circa Theatre this August, directed by award-winning director Katherine McRae. This modern take on a much-loved classic picks up Ibsen’s gauntlet and drops it into present-day New Zealand. Read more »

Albion Place at Meow in August

Press Release – Noise PR
In celebration of their brand new single Easier, Dunedin-based rockers Albion Place are hitting the road with a four date tour around the country. Read more »

New album from Black Seeds

Press Release – The Label
The new album from The Black Seeds
Out this September
Available on pre-order now Read more »

Howard Davis review: Dianne Reeves’ true versatility

Opinion – Howard Davis

Stephen A’Court

The Wellington Jazz Festival continues to attract jazz luminaries from around the globe. In the past two years we have been privileged to hear Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Wayne Shorter’s quartet. This year, we got to enjoy three more stellar jazz performers – Bill Frisell, Dave Weckl, and Dianne Reeves. Read more »

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