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Prodigious composer Salina Foster06/27/15
Composer Salina Fisher must be running out of room on her mantelpiece to hold all the awards she's won, and she's still only in her early 20s. She won the NZSO Todd Young Composer award in both 2013 and 2014. She's the 2015 Auckland Philharmonia...
A design for life
Sennep - taking its name from the Norwegian word for mustard - is an interactive design studio that was stared over a decade ago by Creative Directors Matt Rice and Hege Aaby. Matt and Hege will be speaking at the Semi-Permanent design conference in...
James Cook's Lost World
Graeme Lay has written a trilogy of novels charting Captain James Cook's life. There are a lot of gaps to fill in - not about the voyages which were thoroughly documented, but about his personal life. James Cook spent most of his life at sea, leaving...
The Umbrella Movement
A 4m high wooden figure holding a bright yellow umbrella became a symbol for the thousands of Hong Kong protesters last year. Umbrella Man led to the Umbrella Movement, referring to the canopies protestors used to protect themselves from pepper spray....
The Laugh Track - Beth Stelling
Beth Stelling is a Los Angeles based stand-up who has appeared on many late night TV shows and toured throughout the US. She's just recorded her first standup special for Comedy Central. This year she's taking her show to Australia, Ireland, and New...
Towards a New Zealand dramaturgy
Auckland writer Dione Joseph is on a mission. She wants to know what we mean when we talk about dramaturgy in New Zealand and she's been interviewing actors, directors, dancer and that rare beast - dramaturges - to find out. She tells Justin Gregory...
The future of The Arts Centre of Christchurch
The man who's leading the charge to rebuild Christchurch's historic arts centre, André Lovatt has ambitious plans beyond restoring the bricks and mortar. He's spearheading the 290 million dollar rebuild of New Zealand's largest collection of heritage...
Contract disputes over Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore...
There's a heated debate over the Silo Theatre production of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography's decision to change the ending of Australian writer Declan Greene's play so the actors only strip to their underwear rather than completely. Greene's...
The Year of Falling
Wellington writer Janis Freegard gives her protagonist Selina a great life - she's dating a hot celebrity chef and her career as a graphic designer is going well. Then she has a spectacular fall from grace, despite the best efforts of her supportive...
The Invisible Mile
Competitive team cycling and warfare are inextricably linked in David Coventry's debut novel, The Invisible Mile, set during the 1928 Tour de France. This was the first time an English-speaking team had taken part in the gruelling competition, and it...
Evan Roth is an artist and researcher and also defines himself as a hacker. He's based in Paris and is heading our way to take part in the Semi-Permanent Design conference in Auckland in a couple of weeks. He's collaborated with Jay-Z on the first...
Séraphine Pick has been painting for more than 20 years and she has a distinctive, lyrical style. Now she's doing something that could be seen as dangerous... going in a new direction. Her works often meditate on dreams, memory and psychology. For her...
National Flash Fiction Day is a celebration of extremely short fiction (works consisting of 1000 words or less), and this year micro fiction - works consisting of a word count of 100 words or less, puts writers through their paces in a category called...
Creative New Zealand's released the results of its three-yearly survey into New Zealanders' attitudes, attendance and participation in the arts in 2014. Nine out of ten Kiwis have either attended or participated in at least one arts event in the past...
When Lucien Rizos isn't rehearsing or playing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra he's wielding a telephoto lens. He's been taking photographs on the country's streets for several decades… now he's zooming in on people in their cars at traffic...
Graham Fagen at Venice Art Biennale
Graham Fagan is one of Scotland's best known and influential artists, and he has recently showed works at the Venice Art Biennale. One of Graham's installations this year brings together four giant TV screens showing a Robbie Burns song about slavery,...
A Line of Sight
Hunting accidents are far too common in New Zealand, but this is part of the main storyline of Wellington writer Adrienne Jansen's fourth novel. A Line of Sight is about the fatal shooting of a cannabis grower on farmland in a small community.
Lyttleton's Loons circo-theatre company is going back to school, a primary school that is. Loons Founder, Mike Friend, and producer Darryl Cribb having been making shows together since 2006 but Loons has been homeless since the Canterbury Earthquakes.
It's taken twenty years but the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes finally has its own music and arts centre. Te Oro wants to bring young people together to, in their words, perform, practice and learn the arts. Facility manager Jenni Heka tells Justin...
BAFTA winner Kimberley Hikaka
Kiwi Kimberley Hikaka's CV in film production includes work on the hugely successful British ITV series Downton Abbey and now a BAFTA as co-producer of a drama series about a man wrongly accused of murder, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. And...
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