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.

 

Christchurch's shiny new convention centre is getting a shiny new piece of public art

Culture - Word on the street

The stunning white ngutu (ceremonial entranceway), will welcome visitors to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, and be the location of formal ...

 

Don't miss NZ Opera's Semele in an exclusive big screen showing

Culture - What's On

New Zealand Opera has gone full multimedia with this cinematic treat! It's Semele on the big screen, it's showing just three special fundraising ...

 

Open Christchurch - one weekend of architecture

Culture - What's On

Open Christchurch is a revolutionary architecture festival, geared around giving people access to the buildings of Ōtautahi. What's Hot New ...

 

Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist)

Culture - What's On

Ralph Hotere was a prolific figure in New Zealand art through the late 20th Century, charting his journeys around Aotearoa and the world and ...

 

Christchurch Art Show

Culture - What's On

At Christchurch’s largest art show you can view and buy original artworks from established and emergent New Zealand artists. Thousands of high ...

 

Q&A: Estère

Culture - What's On

In a spare moment on her new album tour, Estère took a moment to talk psychology and inspiration with What's Hot New Zealand. Your new album ...

 

Bravo Amici

Culture - What's On

The world’s first opera band, Amici Forever, was founded by New Zealand tenor Geoff Sewell, and he now brings his group of international West ...

 

The Veils Nux Vomica tour

Culture - What's On

Hailing from Auckland's Devonport, these indie rockers released their second album, Nux Vomica, in 2006, marking a darker, heavier and more ...

 

The Pink Floyd Experience

Culture - What's On

Delivering a world class show for 22 years, The Pink Floyd Experience has become a household name in New Zealand and Australia, a breathtaking ...

 

Giselle

Culture - What's On

The quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle first toured New Zealand to sell-out audiences in 2012, and has captivated audiences and critics the ...

 

Q&A: Lorna Coll - Volts

Culture - What's On

What's Hot New Zealand talks new music and festivals with Lorna Coll, vocalist for Christchurch band Volts. You released your first single ...

 

Alien Weaponry and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra mega-gig coming to Hamilton and Christchurch

Culture - What's On

Aotearoa stars Alien Weaponry, hailed as one of the most exciting young metal bands in the world, are getting together with NZSO for two special ...

 

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 ...

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