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Southland band of the week: Zutto

Zutto's logo

Invercargill rock band Zutto are surfing a zen wave.

Enter Stage Left: Maree Beker

Southland artist Maree Beker.

Enter Stage Left: Pukeko Alley Gallery owner Maree Beker, in Fortrose, reveals what she loves about south Catlins.

Polyfest eyes funding sources

Bluff school senior Kapa Haka group, front three from left, Eden Foggo, Sharvae Te Huia-Goodma, and Jasmyn Pollock.

As Polyfest wraps up organisers are trying to secure funding for the event next year.

Auckland Grammar Stage Band tours Southland

Vocalist AG Fernando performs some Johnny Cash with the Auckland Grammar Stage Band at a public concert at Northern Southland College in Lumsden on Saturday afternoon, before entertaining the crowds at a show in Te Anau on Saturday night.

There won’t be much of Southland left unseen after the Auckland Grammar Stage Band concludes its whistle stop concert tour of the province this week.

Southern kids take stage by storm

The Rakiura Rockers from Halfmoon Bay School perform at the Rockshop Bandquest in Dunedin on Wednesday night.

They may be young, but southern kids sure know how to rock.

"Open mic" night at library

Invercargill City Council.

An "open mic" night will be held at the Invercargill City Library on Friday to celebrate National Poetry Day.

CLiK spellbinding in concert

CLiK - The Ensemble 
From left: Edward King, John Chen and Natalie Lin

REVIEW

Hairspray star battles illness

Rachael Scott

In theatre circles they say the show must go on, but rarely has a leading lady given more to the cause than Rachael Scott.

Prestigious Moffitt works donated to Gore gallery

Enyth Good of Auckland is donating this Trevor Moffitt painting, Mackenzie with Dog Swimming in the Clutha River, 1966, to the Eastern Southland Gallery. It is one of 35 works from the artist being donated.

A collection of work from one of Gore's most famous artistic sons will be housed permanently at Eastern Southland Gallery.

A Splotch of Ink gallery

Southland cartoonish Shaun Yeo.

Cartoonist and dedicated Stags fan Shaun Yeo is a full-time graphic artist who signs his illustrations simply as YEO. 

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Hair stylist takes top spot

Invercargill apprentice hairdresser Hannah Oxley with her mentor and internationally renowned hair stylist Richard Kavanagh at New Zealand Fashion Week

Invercargill apprentice hairdresser Hannah Oxley has taken out the top spot in a New Zealand Fashion Week competition.

Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival ready to go

Artists teaching their tskills in the Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival (At rear, from left) Spike Wademan (portrait painting), Deb Lind (Remarkables Theatre), Sue Patterson (singing), Ali Soper (art journals) and Kristel Maroszek (dreamcatchers and mountain art for children) with (at front) Sadie Richens (cake decorating), Sarah Harris (creating arrows and lamps) and Sue Wademan (fabric collage).

It started with a blank canvas. Now 30 artists have created the Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival.

Enter Stage Left: Tapanui artist Norma Parks

Norma Parks, Tapanui artist

After a long involvement in music, Tapanui artist Norma Parks has transferred her creativity into the visual arts, winning the People's Choice Award at the West Otago Art and Craft Exhibition earlier this year. She talks about her journey into art and creating in a rural setting.

Second Bryan Townley show after first sells out

Bryan Townley heads the cast in the Spring Country Showdown.

High-profile Southland country singer Bryan Townley has added a second, matinee concert next month after his Spring Country Showdown sold out within days.

Peaches and Weet-Bix: Dave Conner's tales of a travelling drummer

Dave Conner

You need a drummer for a jam? Dave Conner is good to go, any where, any time, any place.

Donald Brown says goodbye

Some of the Auckland Grammar School's Stage Band in rehearsal. The band will tour the south next week for the final time.

Auckland Grammar School's Stage Band will bring its music south next week in what will be its last visit to the province.

Gore artist celebrated

Elisabeth Buchanan, Land and Lake III, 1985, acrylic on canvas, Eastern Southland Gallery Collection.

Eastern Southland Gallery to exhibit local artist's work.

Bluff to rock for Nepal

Graeme Woller, left, and Liv McBride from Into The East will perform at 'Bluff Rocks for Nepal' in October.

Bands from all over New Zealand will rock Bluff for more than seven hours in October to raise money for Nepal earthquake relief.

Rock 'n' roll turnout sets record

Joe Terrill and Maggie Manson, left, compete against Izaak Saunders and Dani Terrill in the junior novice final at the Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club's annual championships on Saturday.

A record number danced the night away at the Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club's annual championships.

Elston Lea designs winning cloak

Elston Lea Kindergarten pupils Kaia Marino-Wilson, Israel Henwood, Natalya Iyer and Luisapeta Sanerivi, all 4, inspect their winning cloak as a part of the Polyfest art exhibition.

Elston Lea Kindergarten pupils are an artistic bunch, creating a Maori cloak with a twist.

Trip to Texas pays off for Craig

Craig Adams with his Male Vocalist of the Year award in Texas.

The great news is - Craig won the 2015 Male Vocalist of The Year.

Band of the Week: The Silence Machine

The Silence Machine artwork

They're called The Silence Machine but they make quite a racket.

Drama students poke fun

Mt Aspiring College year 12 drama students form a tableau during rehearsal for their production, Revenge of the Amazons. 
Back from left: Johnny Brebner, Callum Rennie, Lewis Brooks, Erin Greenwood. Front from left: Carlin Richter, India O'Donnell-Fluit, Miri Hight, Tully Stevens, Ava Hughes, Annabella Bruce, Samantha Haines, George Davenport, Luis Munro

Year 12 drama students at Mt Aspiring College hope to entertain and challenge in next week's production: Revenge of the Amazons.

Retirement? Maybe not

Isla Grant

It seems Isla Grant doesn't have time to stop touring.

Wins for southern singers

Wanaka country-pop artist Jody Direen at Lake Hawea.

Wanaka country singer Jody Direen has won a top national country music award.

Enter Stage Left: Jay Sellwood

Jay Sellwood.

We should have free concerts at Wachner Place.

Senior queens unite for festival

Former Senior Blossom Festival Queens Pat Lines, of Clyde, and Judy Elliot-Hall, of Alexandra.

Two former senior queens of the Alexandra Blossom Festival are joining a drive to promote the competition.

Whale surfaces in the south

The whale's tail sculpture at the entrance to Russell Square in Invercargill.

The long-awaited south city sculpture has at last taken its place over the entrance to Russell Square in Invercargill.

Youngsters get creative for Polyfest

Before the Polyfest Art Exhibition was opened at the museum, a prizegiving was held at Centre Stage in Invercargill

About 30 art pieces created by Southland youngsters went on display at Southland Museum on Sunday in celebration of Polyfest.

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