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Extra $16m needed to complete work on St James Theatre

Report from RNZ
The cost to fix one of Wellington’s most important theatres is likely to be $16 million more than first thought. Read more »

Drama School’s director leaving after seven “heart and soul” years

News from Toi Whakaari
With sadness, the Board of Trustees of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School has accepted the resignation of Director Christian Penny. Penny took over the leadership of the school in 2011 after more than nine years as Head of Directing. Prior to that, he had been a successful freelance theatre director and co‐director of the company Theatre at Large. Read more »

Le Moana launches Measina Festival at Te Auaha

Press Release – Le Moana
Wellington-based Pacific Dance Company Le Moana is launching the annual Measina Festival, a springboard for Aotearoa’s cutting edge dance and theatre. One of the only festivals in the world that is committed to the growth of Contemporary Pacific Arts in Aotearoa. Read more »

A less than great journey


by Lindsay Shelton
We took one of KiwiRail’s Great Journeys at the weekend – the much-promoted Northern Explorer which runs three times a week from Auckland to Wellington. The experience was okay, but it fell a bit short of the promised greatness. Read more »

Biggest cruise ship in Wellington

Press Release – Royal Carribean Cruises
Ovation of the Seas, New Zealand’s biggest cruise ship, makes her first New Zealand call for the season to Wellington today. Read more »

NZSO perform Mahler’s Seventh Symphony this weekend

Article – Howard Davis

Gustav Mahler, photographed by Richard Specht in 1907

In the summer of 1900, Gustav Mahler was wandering around the outskirts of Vienna when he stumbled upon a fairground. In a woodland glade, blended among the cacophony of street criers, shooting galleries, and Punch and Judy shows, a military band and a male choir were performing nearby and taking no notice of each other. Mahler was immediately enchanted. Read more »

Countdown begins for Performance Art Week

Press Release – Performance Art Week Aotearoa
The countdown has begun for Performance Art Week Aotearoa (PAWA), which launches next week. The Wellington-based performance art festival runs from November 14-18 and brings together a wide variety of artists from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. Read more »

Maximising the gains from the Avatar sequels


by Gordon Campbell
By now, I’m sure we’ve all noted in our diaries the release dates (and alleged working titles) for all the Avatar sequels. But just in case…… Avatar 2: The Way of Water is due in theatres on December 18, 2020 followed by Avatar 3: The Seed Bearer on 17 December, 2021. After a three year gap, if things go according to plan, Avatar 4: The Tulkun Rider will emerge on 20 December, 2024, with Avatar 5: The Quest For Eywa due on 19 December 2025. Be still our beating hearts. Read more »

Beer event returning to Basin Reserve

Press Release – Beers at the Basin
After a sold out crowd of over 5,000 people attended the inaugural event in 2017, Beers at the Basin is to return to Wellington’s iconic cricket venue on 1 December. Read more »

Five Tui awarded at Artisan music awards

News from NZ Music Awards
The backbone of Aotearoa’s music industry was recognised tonight at the third annual Artisan Awards at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington. Read more »

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