NZ Festival 2014
TOM CARDY - The Dominion Post
A new documentary looks at the story of a former champion cyclist who trained the post-genocide Rwandan cycle team.
The Doctor Who symphony and the Power Plant light show proved the biggest drawcards at this year's New Zealand Festival, for Wellington business.
They've only been together three years, but the Kelemen Quartet were remarkably assured in the final music event of the NZ Festival.
Argentinian world music titans Frente Cumbiero played with passion, but improvisation with lacking.
Any Yo La Tengo concert has moments of heart-aching beauty, and the band delivered with a powerhouse finale.
Now is the time to say goodbye
It's always a sad moment when the festival comes to an end and we say goodbye to the artists, says artistic director Shelagh Magadza.
The NZSO's rendition of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was absolutely beautiful.
The cast give of Age gave intense and dynamic performances.
When the Kelemen Quartet's cellist broke her wrist, the group had to advertise for a replacement two weeks ahead of their tour.
Once We Built a Tower is a thoroughly, good old-fashioned musical documentary in the tradition of Mervyn Thompson's to Uncle Scrim and Temperance!
James Mcnew remembers well his first gig as the bassist for Yo La Tengo. It was March 23, 1991, and he was filling in for a show at the trio's spiritual home, the recently shuttered Maxwell's Hoboken in New Jersey.
Lighting, music, acting and oration combine in An Iliad, which tells the story of the Trojan War.
Neko Case impressed again at the James Cabaret, with her soaring voice and wide range of material.
Eight stunning dancers and five brilliant musicians make Rian a perfect fusion of skill and joy.
While Colombia has a musical tradition stretching back 200 years, Frente Cumbiero are very much about making music for the 21st century, writes Tom Cardy.
Saran Goldie-Anderson never knew a spur-of-the moment decision to take a sign language paper at university would change her life.
OPINION: The New Zealand Festival does some things well but, when it comes to the visual arts, it could do better.
Duncan Sarkies and Sean O'Brien aka Joe Blossom creatively perform extracts from Sarkie's latest book.
An Iliad director Lisa Peterson isn't a big Greek mythology buff, but was drawn to An Iliad because she loves poetry.
I must admit it is quite a few years since I experienced Strike, and it is clear they have come a very long way since.