Culture

New Zealand offers plenty to lovers of culture, including a vibrant film and theatre scene, and an abundance of galleries and exhibitions, heritage attractions, museums, arts and crafts, treasures (taonga) and performing arts. Explore the country’s unique multicultural fabric, its fascinating history and the rich, essential culture and traditions of the Māori via live theatre and other stage performances, concerts and gigs from local musicians, cultural centres, gallery visits, museum exhibitions, and much more.

 

Snowboxx Festival comes to Wanaka this September in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps

Culture - What's On

The epic annual Snowboxx event held in Avoriaz, France and now R&A organiser Alex Turnbull is bringing it to Aotearoa. Shapeshifter, ...

 

New Roger Hall comedy Winding Up coming to Christchurch

Culture - What's On

Kiwi theatre is returning to the stage this February with a new comedy from beloved New Zealand playwright Sir Roger Hall. Kicking off at ...

 

Get amongst the Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival in Christchurch

Culture - What's On

Bread & Circus World Backyard Buskers Festival kicks off this month in Christchurch, and ...

 

Shapeshifter tour New Zealand

Culture - What's On

Rave and dance to drum and bass with these Kiwi legends who have made it big at festivals around the world. Shapeshifter are touring New ...

 

Canterbury Museum exhibition highlights the diversity of Islamic culture

Culture - See & Do

A new exhibition – Mosque: Faith, Culture, Community – which aims to demystify Islam for non-Muslim New Zealanders opened December 12 at ...

 

Q&A: Dcypher

Culture - People

A mainstay of the DTR street art crew, Dcypher cut his teeth in Canterbury before spending a decade in Los Angeles working as a freelance artist ...

 

Filmmaker Gerard Smyth on When a City Rises and the rebuild of Christchurch

Culture - People

Gerard Smyth has become a chronicler of the earthquake recovery, recording hundreds of hours of historical footage and releasing two ...

 

Anthony Wright: Museums, masterpieces & matagouri

Culture - People

Anthony Wright and his partner Selene Manning recently completed the stunning home-cum-art collection Wrightmann House. All the interior walls of ...

 

Q&A: Wongi 'Freak' Wilson

Culture - People

Wongi Wilson is a street artist with a reputation for high-quality, large-scale works in prominent positions around Christchurch. What motivates ...

 

Q&A: Joel Hart

Culture - People

Joel is a Christchurch graphic designer and urban artist with a proclivity for creating art around the themes of beauty and decay. What are the ...

 

The Wrightmann Collection: A short history of Canterbury contemporary art

Culture

Spanning almost three decades, The Wrightmann Collection comprises nearly 1000 works of art and objects by Aotearoa New Zealand artists, ...

 

Q&A: Jacob Root

Culture - People

A relative newcomer to the Christchurch street art scene, Jacob Root uses stencils, screens, acrylic and aerosols to create works scaling from ...

 

Q&A: Nomi Cohen

Culture - People - What's On

For everyone who’s ever sat bored through the sports or ancient history part of a pub quiz, Nomi Cohen is bringing us a thigh-slapping, ...

 

Q&A: Jacob Yikes

Culture - People

Christchurch-based illustrator Jacob Yikes is a staple of the city’s street art scene, and also illustrates and paints in his home studio. He’s ...

 

Q&A: Rone

Culture - People

Melbourne artist Rone’s Worcester Street artwork on the side of Cathedral Junction is one of our faves. Can you tell about how the Worcester ...

 

Q&A: Visionary artist Gill Gatfield

Culture - People

Artist Gill Gatfield’s works are exhibited around Aotearoa and the world, including her work Suffragette on display in Christchurch at SCAPE’s ...

 

Q&A: Chimp

Culture - People

Organic Matters, the work of Wellington-based artist Chimp, is one of the most striking features of Christchurch’s Justice and Emergency ...

 

Van Gogh's art is coming to New Zealand in a massive interactive event

Culture - What's On

After wowing punters on Wellington’s waterfront in August 2020, the wildly popular Van Gogh Alive exhibition is returning to Wellington, Auckland ...

 

Q&A: Magician Jarred Fell

Culture - People - What's On

Witty, naughty and razor-sharp, Jarred Fell is coming to Christchurch to premiere his new show, Again. He talks street magic and sleight of hand ...

 

Getting up: Street art in Christchurch

Culture

The depictions on Christchurch’s exterior walls are a massive part of the city’s post-quake identity. Cityscape talks to a few of the artists ...

 

Q&A: George Shaw

Culture - People

What has Oi YOU! been up to in the last few years? We organised Rise in 2014 and Spectrum in 2015 and 2016. They were absolutely huge festivals, ...

 

Entertain me - Summer 2020/21

Culture - What's On

We round up great films, reads, shows to bingewatch, new albums to treat your ears to and a couple of decent podcasts to ...

 

New Zealand Opera’s 2021 season announcement brings The Marriage of Figaro and more on the road

Culture - What's On

Appropriately themed ‘navigating love’, NZ Opera’s 2021 season is set to make us fall in love with opera all over again with a variety of operas ...

 

Celebrating 150 years of Canterbury Museum: House of taonga

Culture

Canterbury Museum’s doors first opened on October 1, 1870, and over the past 150 years its collection has swelled from 25,000 items to more than ...

 

Auckland Arts Festival has unveiled its full programme and it is all-Kiwi awesome

Culture - What's On

Packing over 70 shows into 18 days in March, the Auckland Arts Festival Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki is bringing a mixture of free and premium events ...

 

All the winners from the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards

Culture

Benee and The Beths were the big winners on Sunday night, between them taking home the top prizes for Single of the Year, Best Solo Artist, ...

 

New and classic ballets incoming in Royal New Zealand Ballet's 2021 season

Culture - What's On

With The Sleeping Beauty arriving in Christchurch next week, we're amped on ballet and already looking forward to what next year will bring us. ...

 

Review: Synthony 2020

Culture - What's On

It’s the biggest, most epic dance club you’ve ever been to, and more. A thrill of anticipation and excitement rippled through the packed floor ...

 

Kiwi Concert Party: Tim Finn, Bic Runga and the Topp Twins in one showstopping evening

Culture - What's On

Bic Runga, Tim Finn and The Topp Twins will perform a two hour variety concert, together with the Hātea Kapa Haka group at Villa Maria, one of ...

 

Review: New Zealand Opera's The Human Voice

Culture - What's On

It's a short, one-woman performance that packs a palette of emotions into a small space. What's Hot New Zealand reviews the Christchurch ...

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