Ruby and Gwen are garden gems

Gwen and Ruby Lyon performed a selection of classical, pop and musical theatre numbers in the Victorian Garden Conservatory.

This was not merely a couple of local girls earning a buck busking at a festival, writes Sam Edwards.

Taupo rock carvings have come alive

Jeffrey Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare are keen to bring their Maori rock art puppet show to Taupo children.

A Taupo couple have brought 1000-year-old rock carvings to life.

Favourite nanny flies in

Yvonne Arrowsmith and Bev Carroll check the fit of a coat for Laura Jeffares who plays Mary Poppins.

It's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's Mary Poppins!

Clarity rules in night of classic opera

Elaine Wogan, Clinton Fung and Pamela Wallace performed numbers from Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, and the Marriage of ...

The electric piano grates, but everything else was great, writes Sam Edwards.

Bouldered over for art

“I think of it as an inner journey to find out what the world is,” Poincheval explained.

The world of avant garde is alive and well: After a week inside a boulder, a French artist is going to sit on a dozen eggs.

A mug a day, the artist says

Perfecting the mishima technique on mugs led to Marita Green creating larger sculptural works, like this one.

 One mug, two mugs, three mugs, four. Keep it going, only 96 more.

Psychedelic Shakespeare is groovy fun

"If music be the food of love, play on," wrote William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night - and there is plenty of love for ...

This version of famous comedy is one you will really dig, writes Mike Mather.

Kiwi collection to fetch millions

Warwick and Kitty Brown photographed for Art New Zealand in 1978. Artworks on wall behind them by Don Driver, Robert ...

Collector says selling 300 artworks will hurt - but not as much as losing his wife.

'WTF springs to mind'

The month-long WTF! Women's Theatre Festival aims to celebrate women in the industry.

Women are still under-represented in theatre, so this month at Circa is all about celebrating them.

Power Ranger to Hula Boy

Craig Reid, aka Hula Boy, is in New Plymouth to give people a taste of Velvet.

A man in a sequined leotard walks into New Plymouth. This is not a joke.

Kapa haka "Olympics" begins

Te Matatini in Hawke's Bay will run from February 22 to 26.

"When you walk out at Te Matatini it feels like a football field."

Solo show with four characters

Jacob Dale says performing solo allows him to get his energy from the audience.

Actor Jacob Dale is set to perform his own show with four entirely different characters.

Two-year tarot card project video

Each card has a god, goddess or spirit assigned to it.

"The images I create have spiritual meaning, and so I like to create them in a spiritual space and mindset."

From ballet to burlesque

Lauren Ashton, aka Trillian, is heading to Hamilton this weekend.

"I don't fit into the mainstream commercial categories, I don't have the right body type for those things."

Sacred Space: A story of Seaview

Photographer Jim Tannock takes in the view at the Seaview Vineyard Estate in Seddon.

A vineyard that has become almost as iconic as the wine produced there.

Celebrate cultural sharing

The Folklore Chileno Latino will perform dances from South America at Lakeside Festival.

An influx of more cultures arriving in New Zealand is even more of a reason to share them, president of Auckland Multicultural Society Thuten Kesang says.

Millennials malfunction in play

Georgie Silk and Mikaela Ruegg say the play didn't intend to be a millennial moan and groan.

Theatre piece Personal Malfunction will explore the unprecedented challenges faced by Generation Y.

Young artists exhibit works for Auckland festival

Budding photographers discuss with professionals photographer the best choices to be exhibited.

Seven North Shore children will express what is most precious to them as professional artists working as a part of the Auckland Arts Festival. 

New festival for Woodhill Forest

Woodhill Forest, Auckland, will host a new music festival.

'When people think of festival venues, Woodhill Forest probably wouldn't be the first one.'

Taking taonga puoro further video

Taonga puoro artist Rob Thorne will be taking up a major musical residency later this year.

Palmerston North taonga puoro artist lands a major residency.

Shakespeare gets a '70s update

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was first performed in February, 1602.

One of The Bard's better-known comedies features in the ongoing Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Holi festival full of colour

The colourful Holi Festival of Colours is returning to the Hare Krishna Temple, Riverhead.

Colour, culture and community set to unite in Riverhead.

Shining light on violent history

Sean Coyle wants people to remember the dark histories of sites where homophobic attacks happened in Auckland and New ...

Sean Coyle is putting the dark history of homophobic violence on show in his Pride Festival exhibition.

A unique and in tents experience

To attempt to describe the way The Floating Theatre works would be to assassinate the experience for those yet to ...

One-of-a-kind show defies analysis and description in this spoiler-free review.

Len Lye Centre puts hand out

So many people are visiting New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre controlling the humidity is costing more than expected.

New Plymouth's Len Lye Centre has a few '"teething troubles".

Try hand at eel puppets

Puppeteer Anna Bailey is bringing her skills to Lower Hutt for 2017's Common Ground festival.

Puppeteer Anna Bailey is educating others about eels through her puppets

Mansfield doll's house for sale

The doll's house will be sold to raise funds for the Katherine Mansfield Garden at Hamilton Gardens.

"We hope somebody who knows about Katherine Mansfield might want it for their grandchildren."

Manawatu couple to perform in Spain

Warren Warbrick (left) accompanying Virginia Warbrick on a putorino during a performance of "Tahi80'.

Two Manawatu musicians are taking their Maori cultural performance to Adelaide and Spain.

Len Lye Centre wobbles

The Len Lye Centre is having issues around maintenance and repairs for the kinetic sculptures.

The $11.5 million gallery struggles to afford the upkeep of its big kinetic sculptures, less than two years after opening.

The comedy of bureaucracy

Comedian Sonya Kelly.

Turning the tough work of securing a visa for your girlfriend into a comedy has paid off for Sonya Kelly

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