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

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. ...

 

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Review: Synthony 2020

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 ...

 

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

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 ...

 

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Review: New Zealand Opera's The Human Voice

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 ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Artist Heather Straka on women in power

Heather Straka’s art series Dissected Parlour is not in a gallery, but rather on the walls at Mod’s Hair in Merivale, Christchurch. She talks to ...

 

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SIX60 announce nationwide Saturdays 2021 tour

Start laying down your 2021 plans Kiwi music lovers, SIX60 have added a six-show Aotearoa-wide tour to the upcoming banging summer of Kiwi ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Amanda Atlas from The Human Voice

Kiwi soprano Amanda Atlas sung her way around the world before settling back in New Zealand. She talks about her upcoming performance of NZ ...

 

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Art in the open: SCAPE Public Art Spring Season begins

SCAPE Public Art is adorning Christchurch’s city centre with thought-provoking pieces under this year’s theme Secrets and Lies. Get ready to ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Joel Shadbolt talks L.A.B.'s rise to fame

Listen-Able Band? Legs And Butts? Joel Shadbolt from chart-topping Kiwi band L.A.B challenged us to come with an acronym. Like A Boss? It’s ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Thomas de Mallet Burgess on the future of New Zealand opera

New Zealand Opera’s general director Thomas de Mallet Burgess waxes lyrical on his upcoming productions The Human Voice and Eight Songs for a ...

 

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Q&A: Donna Jefferis on creating incredible costumes for Royal New Zealand Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet's end of year performance of The Sleeping Beauty is approaching, and RNZB head of costume Donna Jefferis has been busy ...

 

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Acclaimed Beethoven concert coming to a living room near you

Whether you like to spend your Friday night with a glass of wine on the couch or soaking in some culture, on Friday 14 August you can combine ...

 

Culture

Backyard Buskers Festival coming to Christchurch

Bread and Circus – World Buskers Festival is back! It's coming to Christchurch in January 2021, and will be a special home-grown edition, ...

 

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Kiwi legends Split Enz top the charts in 2020

Talk about a comeback! The remastered anniversary edition of Split Enz’s legendary album TRUE COLOURS has reached the #1 position on the ...

 

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Women take the lead this year in ballet

This Royal New Zealand Ballet season represents a new era in dance, with the powerful programme’s full repertoire choreographed by women. The ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Aro’s Emily and Charles

Husband and wife musical duo Aro’s upcoming bilingual EP He Manu Anō celebrates tales and melodies of Aotearoa’s native birds. Emily and Charles ...

 

Culture | People

Q&A: Flox AKA Hayley King

Flox, AKA Hayley King is one of New Zealand’s coolest contemporary artists and we’re seeing her distinctive spraycan handywork all over the ...

 

Culture | See & Do

RNZB: Venus Rising

The Royal New Zealand Ballet continues to deliver beauty and grace across the stage for 2020. This season represents a new era in dance – the ...

 

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Your 2020 Matariki events

Matariki is rising next month, with the star cluster appearing in our skies from July 13 and bringing with it the Māori New Year. The Matariki ...

 

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New Zealand International Film Festival is coming to a home (or venue) near you

As 2020 got off to a rocky start, NZIFF decided to stream its films for viewers to watch when and where they want. You can also catch selected ...

 

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The show must go on: New Zealand Opera is back

You can stop holding your breath, the opera is back! New Zealand is leading the way with the imminent return of live opera performances. New ...

 

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Q&A: musician Jed Parsons

What's Hot New Zealand talks to Kiwi singer songwriter Jed Parsons. You learned the guitar and drums from your brothers. What else do you think ...

 

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Q&A: Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine

What's Hot New Zealand spent five minutes with Sēmisi Fetokai Potauaine, whose 16-metre tall sculpture VAKA ‘A HINA, will take up residence in ...

 

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New Zealand Theatre

New Zealand has been on the professional theatre touring circuit since the 1860s. In the 1960s, Downstage Theatre in Wellington was established ...

 

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Timeline of NZ History

1642 Abel Tasman anchors at Golden Bay. 1769 NZ is sighted by Captain James Cook aboard the Endeavour. 1840 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed. ...

 

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New Zealand Music

New Zealand’s musical tradition dates back to the nation’s earliest settlement, and in recent times local artists have mixed popular ...

 

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New Zealand Literature

New Zealand’s relative isolation means that although themes similar to those of other postcolonial nations have slipped in, there are features ...

 

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On the Art Trail

New Zealand is perhaps best known worldwide for its spectacular natural landscapes, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cultural wasteland! Far from ...

 

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Stay Overnight at a Māori Village

New Zealand’s Tamaki Māori Village experience in Rotorua started with the proceeds of the sale of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and has since ...

 

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New Zealand Cinema

New Zealand’s diverse and dramatic landscapes are a major drawcard for filmmakers, including the country's own Peter Jackson, who filmed both ...

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