Entertainment News

Local artists join Kia Mau lineup

Press Release – Tawata Productions
With New Zealand’s only contemporary indigenous theatre and dance festival Kia Mau Festival returning to Wellington from Friday 2 – Saturday 24 June, Tawata Productions are proud to announce the second wave of confirmed artists in the 2017 programme. Read more »

4000 at Featherston Booktown

Press Release – Booksellers NZ
Scores of primary school children clutching $10 vouchers, eager to choose books from more than 15 new, second hand and antiquarian booksellers in Anzac Hall, was an outstanding feature of the third Featherston Booktown this the weekend. Read more »

Light festival has 5 precincts

News from Lux
LUX Light Festival, which opened tonight, is a free public light festival that turns Wellington into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design. Read more »

World expert on Bach to lead ensemble in Wellington concert

Press Release – Chamber Music New Zealand
“Musicianship is, to be sure, Mr Suzuki’s greatest strength … a subtle ear for color, a keen sense of harmonic direction, and an ability to make phrases breathe and rhythms live.” – New York Times Read more »

Dreamy big eyed dolls at Art Show

Press Release – Autumn McGrail
Wellington pop surrealist artist Autumn McGrail has been selected to be part of this years NZ Art Show at Wellington’s TSB Arena from June 2-5. Read more »

Music School students recording with Park Road Post in Seatoun chapel

News from VUW
Students from Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) have had a taste of the film industry this week, as they composed, performed and recorded with the internationally-renowned post production facility Park Road Post Production. Read more »

At last, a Music Centre partnership

by Lindsay Shelton
It’s been a long time coming, but at last Victoria University has committed to join a partnership (with the City Council and the NZSO) for a Music Centre to be based in and around the Town Hall. Read more »

Gaylene Preston’s Helen Clark documentary in first titles announced for film festival

News from NZIFF
The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today reveals the first eight films of the 2017 programme, which will begin in Wellington on 28 July. Read more »

Louis Baker releases new single, coming to San Fran

Press Release – The Label
Independent singer songwriter Louis Baker is one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years from New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape. Working with the bare essentials and crafting his work with a deep artistic integrity, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Everyone from India Arie (“Louis Baker, you sing my soul,”) to the international music community (BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Earmilk) have shown love for what he is, and has become. Read more »

Te Papa signing a deal with Circa – “endless opportunities”

News from Te Papa
Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis will tomorrow sign an agreement that will see the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa join forces with neighbouring professional theatre Circa Theatre to foster and develop a closer working relationship between the two organisations. Read more »

San Fran named as NZ’s best small venue

Press Release – Music Managers Forum
Music venues were in the spotlight at the Music Managers’ Awards tonight, with the ‘OneMusic Best Small Venue’ award going to San Fran in Wellington, and the ‘One Music Best Large Venue’ award going to Auckland’s Powerstation. Read more »

Black Grace at Opera House in June

Photo credit: Duncan Cole & Neil Ieremia.

Press Release – Black Grace
Black Grace presents the national tour
Dance by Neil Ieremia Read more »

Do not pass go: Monopoly adding a Wellington game in November

Press Release: Hasbro
Wellingtonians will no longer need to play games or buy property on the streets of London, with the announcement that New Zealand’s capital is to be immortalised with its own official Monopoly board. Read more »

A leap into the unknown at the Bats annual fundraiser

Press Release – Bats Theatre
Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen? Read more »

The Basement Tapes at Bats

Press Release – Bats Theatre
“The most visual medium for me is radio. There’s nothing more visual than sitting in the car while the radio is playing”– Robert LePage. Read more »

ACC to cover the Lions Series

Press Release – Alternative Commentary Collective
The Alternative Commentary Collective (ACC) are once again swapping stumps for set pieces as they put their game calling experience to use during the upcoming Lions Series. Read more »

Beth Orton at Opera House

Press Release – Civic Events
Civic Events is thrilled to announce the return of British singer-songwriter Beth Orton. Last on our shores for two sold out performances in 2013, this June will see Beth play three shows across the country including Wellington. Read more »

One night only: Simon & Garfunkel Story

Press Release – Phil Bathols and Tim Woods
Following a sold out season on London’s West End and various cities across Europe, the UK production of The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns to NZ for a four centre national tour. Playing one night only in Wellington in July, the production was a sell-out smash hit in Auckland in 2016 and is back by popular demand. Read more »

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