'World-class' start for theatre

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is coming to Blenheim in March.

Renowned opera singer coming to Blenheim in March.

New Maori festival rounds out Auckland scene

Maori arts and culture will be on display at a new Auckland festival, coming early 2016.

The inaugural Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival will take place early next year, celebrating Maori culture in Auckland.

Notes to bank on?

Delia Clare shared these original bank note concepts via her Facebook page.

With all the hoopla surrounding the new bank notes, we think these cool currency concepts better fit the bill.

Glen Innes’ art revolution

A 2014 Bradley Lane mural painted by artists Askew One and Elliot Francis Stewart.

An outdoor art project that uses the walls of businesses as canvases has become the first event in Glen Innes to be included in the Auckland Arts Festival.

Weta Workshop creations help stage Disney classic

Calum Davies as Beast and Prue Brown as Belle.

Costumes by Weta Workshop will be the finishing touch for three teenage performers as they sing on stage for the first time at the ASB Theatre, in Beauty and the Beast.

Shark wall or the golden nugget? gallery

Woman of Words, by Virginia King, is a finalist in the Wellington Civic Trust Awards people's choice category.

Have your say in the awards that recognise Wellington's most wonderful and wacky sculptures.

A drummed up idea

West African drummer and dancer Robert Fugah and musician Jennifer Moss have formed a new group, Awherika, with six other musicians.

A group of musicians from all over the country with a passion for West African music will be coming together in Palmerston North for their first live show.

Golden age of gaming celebrated video

Chris Mason, back and John-Paul Pochin play classic console game Pong at their exhibiton The Arcade being held at the Refinery ArtSpace in Nelson.

An art exhibition inspired by 80s video games is entrancing gamers young and old.

Dancers shine in reserved Lake

Lina Seveliova plays the role of Odette and Odile in The Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Swan Lake.

REVIEW: More risk-taking would have made The Imperial Russian Ballet's Swan Lake even more impressive

Art brings long distance lovers together

Danbi Shin, left, and Li Seok.

She lives in the US. He lives in Korea. However, they share intimate moments as if they were side by side.

Long-lost Faulkner play resurfaces

The play is about a free-spirited woman who is wooed by two men.

A one-act comedy written by William Faulkner has been published for the first time.

We treat the Bard too seriously, yo

Mark Rylance suggests performers should do Shakespeare in rap.

Shakespeare is performed with too much reverence when it should be more like street slang, says a veteran theatre actor.

City horse memorials - it's war!

Official Defence Force artist Matt Gauldie's war horse concept drawing.

Plans to erect two war horse memorials in Hamilton has divided the city's arty types.

A capital Robin Hood

The cast of Roger Hall's Christmas Pantomime Robin Hood, from left, Gavin Rutherford (Motherhood), Acushla-Tara Sutton (Maid Marian) and Simon Leary (Robin Hood).

This time he's seeking shelter in the Kingdom of Wellywood's town belt.

Virtuoso pianist to play Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival

Musician Jamie MacDowell and "human beatboxer" Tom Thum are also on the billing of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Virtuoso pianist to take centre stage in packed festival line-up.

The time for celebration is near

The Christchurch Art Gallery is scheduled to reopen to the public next month.

OPINION: Why the imminent re-opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery is cause for celebration

Influential art dealer who walked his own path

Art dealer Peter McLeavey soon after recieving his Queen's Birthday Honour.

Peter McLeavey began as an impecunious nobody, and became one of New Zealand's foremost art dealers.

Belle bursts forward

Cartoon character hard at work promoting her author's new book, Belle.

Palmerston North cartoonist Brent Putze is launching his brand new comic book Belle tonight.

Child's play turns into a career

Joseph Herscher as Jiwi.

A whip-smart and whimsical child, Joseph Herscher grew up to make a career from his crazy machines.

Steiner leaves mark on Wellington gallery video

Steiner went from being a naughty spray-painting kid to a successful street artist.

American street artist Steiner paused briefly in Wellington to leave his mark on Burger Liquor while travelling the country.

RNZ plans job cuts

RNZ chief executive Paul Thompson confirmed staff had been sent memo outlining the proposed changes at the state-owned broadcaster on Tuesday.

The national broadcaster could shed 13 jobs by the middle of next year, including some newsreaders.

Painting reality

Kees Bruin, Insurgent, 2008, oil on canvas.

Allusions marks Kees Bruin's first Christchurch exhibition in almost a decade

Onehunga artist pursues Dada Movement

Warwick Brown and Laurence Couchman install a piece of Couchman's original Dada-inspired art.

Laurence Couchman has made a "genuine" change of direction after more than 50 years as a painter.

Goebel's short film a collection of dance video

Glen Eden Intermediate School students Aja Salamo-Tu'ua, Ada Solimani and Olivia Lasike mimic a still from a Parris Goebel and Justin Bieber music video collaboration

Parris Goebel's short film Purpose: The Movement features a music video shot at Glen Eden Intermediate School

Album launch full of Paekakariki flair

Album launch shenanigans at the Paekakariki Hall. L-R: Francis Mills, Hilda Prasad, Michael O'Leary and Sir Jon Trimmer.

A new album full of Paekakariki artists had been launched.

Director eyes popstar for Clueless musical

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless.

Clueless film director reveals her choice to play Cher in the upcoming musical remake of her 90s hit film.

State of the Arts

2015 Billy T Award winner Hamish Parkinson

The Sunday Star-Times' weekly wrap of arts and entertainment news

The power of the human eye

A 1970s black-and-white photograph of Russell Clark's South Westland painting failed to show up his signature, causing brief controversy in the New Zealand art world last week.

OPINION: What we've learned from The Mystery of the Red Moniker.

'He had a wonderful life'

Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey has died.

Wellingtonians pay tribute to the late Peter McLeavey, whose name has long been at the forefront of New Zealand art.

Gentlemen's club sells artworks

The Gottfried Lindauer painting of Ana Rupene is expected to sell for up to $80,000.

Lindauer painting up for auction not a fake, expert says.

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