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Soar set for Wanaka stage

Wanaka singer Jenn Shelton and dancer Rachel Erichsen are directing SOAR, a music and theatre production a the Lake Wanaka Centre on July 10-11.

The directors of Wanaka's musical theatre production SOAR, Rachel Erichsen and Jenn Shelton, have a vision for developing the town's talent.

Arthur's relatives moved by show

We Will Remember Them tells the story of soldiers from Tapanui who fought in World War 1.

The relatives of Tapanui World War One veteran Private Arthur Gordon were treated to a performance of We Will Remember Them - a show based on his wartime diaries, on Sunday.

Multicultural council to focus on support gallery

Members of the Southland Multicultural Council, from left, Meggy Bartlett-McBride, Jason Nguyen, Jasmine Campbell, Rukman Babaranda, Thembi Mabunda, Ferenc Szucs and Madhu Redman.

The Southland Multicultural Council needs to focus more on being a support service for both migrants and locals, its new leadership team says.

Carcosa enjoying whirlwind year

Invercargill band Carcosa on stage at the New Zealand Battle of the Bands in 2014.

One of Invercargill's newest bands has just finished recording its first EP after a whirlwind year of playing gigs.

Southland's art hotspots revealed

Nigel Brown's 'Three Pots for Pahia' which was gifted to the Eastern Southland Gallery by the artist along with three other works.

Southland is full of hidden treasures; reporter Caitlin Salter chatted to local arty people to find out where the art hotspots are.

Southern children getting involved in the arts

Ascot Community School students, from left, Kady Gill, 10, Ani Tengu, 11, and Tia Grant, 12, play snakes and ladders for the Glengarry shopping centre as part of the Glengarry Community action project.

Whether they're creating giant board games or singing their hearts out on stage, Southland youngsters are more involved in the arts than ever.

North take out Battle of the Trax

Invercargill singer Liv McBride on stage at the Battle of the Trax.

A crowd of 550 filled the Corinthian Convention Centre for The Battle of the Trax: North Invercargill v South Invercargill on Saturday night.

Art an escape for Southland painter

Southland Artist, painter Tony Bishop.

Southland painter Tony Bishop opens up about what makes him tick.

A lengthy love of pottery

Marie Washbourne inside the Invercargill Potters clubrooms.

Reaching temperatures of one thousand degrees, the Invercargill Potters club have been firing away for years.

Blood treatment offers hope

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma treatment at Queenstown Regenerative Medicine for her two labral tears.

It is surprising what lengths you can go to when backed into a corner with no end in sight.

Summer Concert Tour acts announced

American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who is coming to New Zealand for the 2016 Summer Concert Tour.

Gibbston Valley will once again rock to the sounds of world-class acts this summer including Mellissa Etheridge.

A 'joyous day' for America - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge will play three shows in New Zealand in January 2016, touring with Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon.

Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon headed for NZ this summer.

Artist collaborates with children for Utopian Republic

St John's Girls School pupil Martina White, 11, with her art work inspired by Dunedin artist Aroha Novak.

Dunedin artist Aroha Novak had the elections on her brain when she was thinking about her latest exhibition.

Meet Phantom of the Opera cast video

Alex Derbie, who is playing two parts, in the Phantom of the Opera in Invercargill next month.

The Invercargill Musical Theatre is counting down the days until opening night of The Phantom of the Opera at the Civic Theatre from July 10 to 25.

Art in the Community

Invercargill entertainer Liv McBride.

OPINION: Southland musician and Inverca.st co-creator Liv McBride shares her thoughts on being a judge at the Gold Guitars. 

Artist of the Week: Kayla Mahon

Country musician Kayla Mahon.

Country musician Kayla Mahon has been busy since her stint on the X Factor NZ earlier this year.

Hasta la Vista to Players, baby

Musician and Hasta La Vista event organiser Jordan Cossill, left, and Players Entertainment Centre manager Vicki-Rae Robinson ahead of the venue's closing weekend gig.

Invercargill entertainment centre Players is closing its doors for the final time this weekend.

Band of the week: Otepuni Moonshine video

Southland band Otepuni Moonshine.

A tight five-piece band has squirreled itself away in the Invercargill to tweaks it EP, "Lost, Lore and Liquor" EP.

Resisters bring back the blues

Resisters guitarist Mark Stallard with drummer Dave "Bang-Bang" O'Connor.

Never heard of the Resisters? You're in good company.

Actor visits Hairspray's birthplace video

Hairspray cast members Paul Johnstone (Edna) and Hugh Armour (Wilbur) rehearse for the Gore production.

Paul Johnstone has done more than most to make sure his character development is spot on.

Band of the Week: Tangled Strings

Gore-based violin duo Tangled Strings, Michaela Roy and Vanessa Harvey.

Gore fiddlers Vanessa Harvey and Michaela Roy, both 19, have been playing Irish/Country music together as the duo Tangled Strings for the last four years.

Fibre Octave dazzles for another year

The winning costume at Fibre Octave, 'Tuesday's Wasted Art', made by Kelly Wills, Alison McLellan, Priscilla Gear, Marlene Thornton, Julie O'Byrne, Karen Wilson and Lisa Gear.

The winning costume at the Fibre Octave wearable arts extravaganza had multiple creators.

Artist of the Week: Jenny Mitchell video

Gore country musician Jenny Mitchell

Gore country musician Jenny Mitchell could not be happier with her debut album, The Old Oak.

Enter Stage Left: Taylor Barrett

Invercargill actor Taylor Barrett, who will star in the play Punk Rock at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre.

Q: How are you preparing for your latest role?

Southland: a new arts hub?

Invercargill City Gallery manager/co-ordinator Aleisha Toomey

They lack space and funding, but could Southland art galleries be growing in appeal to artists outside the region?

Southlander ready to recreate battle

Southlander Alan Larsen, left, at Bolsover Castle with French historical riding group 'Les Ecuyers'.

A former Invercargill man, who has built a career on his love for historical battles, is about to take on his most prestigious role to date.

Climber releases Going Up Is Easy

Lake Hawea climber and author Lydia Bradey.

Wanaka climber Lydia Bradey's book is "a balance of laughter, humour and epic adventure".

Fibre Octave shows off creative flair

Jordan Skelt models Mad Hatter's Tea Party made by the Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill, at the Fibre Octave wearable arts show.

Friday night's 2015 Fibre Octave wearable arts show was a hit with the crowds as 40 handmade creations graced the stage. 

Funder not yet convinced on museum

Southland Museum and Art Gallery 3D Cutaway Section (West) - as proposed under the redevelopment plan.

A compelling case for museum redevelopment needed, ILT says.

Hall of Fame opens for seven rockers

Dave McMeeking sings Beautiful Day to open the Southland Entertainment Awards.

Seven leading lights of southern music will be inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

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