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Piano player comes home

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by Harry Hodgman
My last memory of Wellington before moving to Melbourne was performing three consecutive concerts at Tuatara The Third Eye, the final gig being about twelve hours before my one-way flight to Melbourne. Read more »

Bookings now open: 164 features in Wellington’s 50th film festival next month

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News from NZIFF
Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has announced its full programme for Wellington, with the festival beginning here on Thursday 4 November. Read more »

‘Trouble In Paradise’: photo exhibition on Pacific climate change

News from National Library
A new exhibition revealing the impacts of climate change on Pacific communities will be unveiled at the National Library this November. Read more »

Sargeson Prize winners from Picton and Wellington

Press Release – University of Waikato
A story about the harm patriarchal communities can do is the overall winner of this year’s Sargeson Prize. The University of Waikato sponsors the short story competition and announced the winners at the annual Frank Sargeson Memorial Lecture, which was streamed online tonight due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Read more »

NZ Ballet making covid changes in Opera House for its Wgtn season

News from Royal New Zealand Ballet
With a little Kiwi ingenuity, Wellington’s Opera House has made a swift pivot for the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s (RNZB) Ryman Healthcare season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening 28 October. Read more »

James Bond and the pandemic

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by Lindsay Shelton
I went to see Daniel Craig’s last film as James Bond at the Embassy the other night. The big 700 seat theatre was sold out – there were about 300 of us, spaced out in all directions. Read more »

Film Festival confirms Wellington, but cancels Auckland

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Wellington.Scoop
The New Zealand International Film Festival today confirmed that its fiftieth annual event in Wellington can go ahead next month, under Level 2 rules. The 50th Wellington Film Festival is due to start at the Embassy on November 4 with the premiere of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which won best director at the Venice Film Festival. However NZIFF has had to cancel this year’s Auckland Film Festival, because Level 3 restrictions make it impossible. Read more »

Local arts groups get $65,000 from council

Press Release – Wellington City Council
The South Coast Arts Trail, the Glamaphones Matariki show, StarJam’s end of year concert, and PARK(ing) Day 2022 are a selection of the wide range of projects to receive funding from the recent round of the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). Read more »

Lower Hutt artist winner of IHC Art Awards

Press Release – IHC New Zealand
Dannilee Kokiri from Lower Hutt has won the IHC Art Awards for 2021 and a $5,000 prize. Dannilee’s ‘The Chakra Forest’ was judged number one out of nearly 400 entries from artists with intellectual disabilities. Read more »

Mayor suggests arts insurance scheme

News from WCC
It’s time New Zealand thought about an arts and events sector insurance scheme, not unlike that in the United Kingdom, says Wellington Mayor Andy Foster. Read more »

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