Standing Room Only (RNZ)
Dr Geoff Kemp02/21/15
Dr Geoff Kemp looks back at censorship through the ages, and how these days it's mainly regarded as the enemy of free speech. Censorship Moments: Reading Texts in the History of Censorship and Freedom of Expression is published by Bloomsbury.
Plant a tree and a bird will come, says artist Niki Hastings-McFall. But will they still turn up if you wrap the tree in thousands of artificial lei? Niki is doing just that in her new work, Fale Ula for the Auckland Arts Festival. She's hoping to...
The co-founder of the New Zealand Dance Company has been named the country's top creative entrepreneur for 2015. She talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur in the arts, the importance of mentoring young dancers, and the company's upcoming...
Dunedin Sound goes operatic
Is adapting those sparse, dark and brooding Dunedin Sound songs from the 1980s into operatic versions genius or sacrilege? Arranger and member of The Verlaines Graeme Downes reckons it's the former. Dunedin born soprano Anna Leese joins Graeme and...
Hikoi - Nancy Brunning
Actor and director Nancy Brunning bases her first play, Hikoi, on her own family story and sets it in the 1970s and 80s - the years of Bastion Point and Springbok Tour protests, predictions of the demise of Te Reo Maori, and Dame Whina Cooper's hikoi...
Costume designer Emma Ransley moved from working in the film and TV industries to creating costumes that genuinely push the boundaries of design. A video of her work has been picked to represent New Zealand at an upcoming international costume...
Tihema Baker's debut novel Watched focuses on teens linving in a dystopia who gain superpowers.
The Digital Age of DJing
Haden Gilgen aka DJ Spell is quiet and unassuming-traits that you would not expect for a man who can perform in front of crowds of thousands, as he did at last year's DMC finals held in London last September.
Multi-media artist Jade Townsend is just back from a three month residency in Beijing where she found her artworks about consumerism were a huge hit with the Chinese. She's become the first female artist to be invited to exhibit at Beijing's exclusive...
Angela Boyd is a specialist archival footage researcher for film and TV makers. After starting out at the TVNZ Archive, Angela has gone freelance to work on films and TV series including Home By Christmas, Strongman: A Tragedy, What We Do In The...
It's always great when a New Zealand film gets a big overseas release - but what happens when a big American studio insists on major tampering? Simon Morris talks to Housebound's writer-director Gerard Johnson, producer Luke Sharp, and Executive...
New Zealand is the country of honour at another of the world's big literary events - two years ago it was Frankfurt, this year Taiwan's chosen this country to introduce to its readers and others from around the world. Sam Elworthy who's president of...
High Mountain - Flowing Water
Lynda Chanwai-Earle met renowned New Zealand composer Jack Body and a group of visiting Chinese virtuoso performers at a special one-off performance in Wellington recently, to learn more about the art of collaboration with one of our very best.
Bill Carter and late night comedy
With Prime recently picking up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, we look at the massive beast that is American late night comedy. Bill Carter has written two books about some of the seismic late night television manoeuvrings. 1994's The Late...
Introducing new New Zealand literary journal, Headland made for the online generation. Laura McNeur and Liesl Nunns are the founding editors of this journal, which concentrates on short stories and creative non-fiction. Writers are currently invited...
Auckland Fringe Festival
Fringe Festivals are usually great opportunities for testing new and edgy kinds of art and performance. But this year's Auckland Fringe sees a slightly older avant-garde form making a strong comeback. Standing Room Only's Justin Gregory talks to...
Anya Whitlock - Fabric phantoms
Anya Whitlock, is an artist in her own right and she works in art departments for TV shows like the mega new fantasy TV series Shannara being filmed in New Zealand. Her new Fabric Phantom series exhibition which uses textiles collected from around the...
In just a few days Ashburton's flash new public art gallery will be officially opened, but with no art on show. How can it be? Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay explains why the building is over budget, seemingly unpopular with locals, and bereft of art.
The Rarotonga Project
There's a new artists' residency in Rarotonga, so new it's still under construction on land inherited by a couple of young New Zealand Cook Islanders. Maria Tanner is a journalist. Pouarii Tanner a writer and Sam Thomas started the artist-run space in...
NZ On Screen - music festivals
NZ on Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner has been rifling through the archives to re-visit some of the legendary Kiwi music festivals of the past.
- Wellington, New Zealand