Art and Stage

Trio of big musicals for Chch

A production of Evita was staged by the Hamilton Operatic Society earlier this year.

A trio of blockbuster musicals are coming to Christchurch next year.

Dawn French announces 4th Christchurch show

Dawn French

Tickets to Dawn French's additional Christchurch performance are on sale. 

Rieu waltzing back to Christchurch in 2016

Renowned Dutch violinist Andre Rieu is bringing his orchestra to Christchurch for a one-off concert in late 2016.

Andre Rieu returning to Christchurch for the first time in five years

Making the difficult look easy

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are promising New Zealand audiences a "shopping trolley dash through the archives of musical history" during their current tour.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's NZ tour offers a shopping trolley dash through the archives of musical history

Classic with a modern twist

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

Two jokers feature in the latest version of Swan Lake to visit New Zealand

An enchanting evening

The CSO signed off their 2015 Masterworks series in style on Saturday night.

REVIEW: CSO's Masterworks season ends on a fine note

Review: Mary Poppins

Jan Di Pietro plays Bert in the Court Theatre's lavish production of Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins is the most challenging and ambitious show the Court Theatre has ever staged, but the company pulls it off with dazzling charm.

The 'prince of Lyttelton'

Marlon Williams, a Christchurch singer based in Melbourne, has five nominations at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Who is the man hailed as New Zealand's next international success story?

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

Fundraising success for Loons

Loons Theatre Trust director Mike Friend receiving money from Lyttelton Main Primary school children.

Loons Theatre Trust raises more than $95,000 to help fit out its new venue.

Marlon Williams wins two Tui awards

Marlon Williams, 24, won the Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year Awards at the 50th annual New Zealand Music Awards.

Lyttelton's prodigal son wins major awards at 50th annual New Zealand Music Awards.

Buskers back in black

Christchurch's World Buskers Festival made a surplus this year.

Christchurch's World Buskers Festival made almost $50,000 this year, despite a drop in council funding.

Hip-hop crew Caribbean bound video

Polaroids dance crew member Sarah Faithfull will compete at the hip-hop world championships in December.

A Christchurch dance crew is preparing to tackle the world hip-hop stage.

Williams: A breakthrough with bravado

Marlon Williams is a front-runner for the Album of The Year, Best Male Solo Album, Breakthrough Artist of The Year, Best Alternative Album and Single of the year categories in the NZ Music Awards.

Lyttelton crooner Marlon Williams a front-runner in Thursday night's NZ Music Awards.

Rites and Rituals

Jaime Martin is joining the NZSO for their Rite of Spring concerts around the main centres during the next week.

Acclaimed conductor Jaime Martin wanted to study the violin but couldn't find a teacher so picked up the flute instead.

Painting reality

Kees Bruin, Insurgent, 2008, oil on canvas.

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

Windswept and interesting

Margaret Stoddart New Brighton (undated). Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, gift of William Ainslie Reece, 2011

Christchurch's windswept beaches source of inspiration for local artist

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.

K-Culture Festival wows crowd

Jia Belcher, 15 months, soaks up the sights and sounds of the 2015 K-Culture Festival at the Transitional Cathedral.

Korean culture puts best foot forward to wow hundreds in Christchurch.

Le Noir truly spellbinding video

Sabrina Aganier is a contortionist who works from a suspended hoop with Le Noir-The Dark Side of Cirque.

REVIEW: Le Noir left our hands sore from clapping. 

Theatre marks first year with ‘dark’ circus video

Le Noir performer Gediminas “Geddy” Pavlovicius defies gravity with his Rolla Bola act.

Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque will feature death-defying performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Theatre Royal shines bright

Kevin Cawley's award-winning facade lighting of Isaac Theatre Royal.

Kevin Cawley wows with theatrical facade lighting at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Mary Poppins ready for takeoff

Mary Poppins star Laura Bunting and co-director Ross Gumbley admire hundreds of costumes created for the new Court Theatre show.

The Court Theatre's new production of Mary Poppins is the biggest show they have ever staged, reports CHARLIE GATES.

Near five-year wait almost over

Christchurch Art Gallery technician Scott Flanagan begins the process of reinstalling the gallery's artworks in preparation of next months' re-opening, by hanging John Gibb's Clearing up after rain, foot of Otira Gorge.

Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper reveals why she can't wait for next month's reopening

Fringe erosion of festival

Christchurch's World Buskers Festival used to be an event primarily fuelled by direct contact with its audience. Not any more, believes Christopher Moore.

OPINION: Buskers Festival being marginalised by Hagley Park siting

International guests add spice to NZSO

Peruvian guest conductor
Miguel Harth-Bedoya  added colour and music depth to the NZSO's latest visit to Christchurch.

REVIEW: NZSO delivers Bold programme with style

The Bhoy is back

Comedian Danny Boy is returning in February 2016 for a five-date New Zealand tour.

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy is happy rolling with the punches, or punchlines.

Buskers back in the park

Kiwi double act Zane and Degge entertain crowds in New Brigton during the World Buskers Festival in January. The Iron Chicken winners will return next year.

World Buskers Festival retreating to Hagley Park because city centre still not ready to host major events, organisers say.

Reihana a good choice for Venice

Lisa Reihana's in Pusuit of Venus [infected] has been wowing audiences at the Auckland Art Gallery since it opened there in May.

OPINION: Lisa Reihana's Venus represents both contemporary art and a closure on past ideas

Street art festival wants your wall gallery

This artwork created by Rone on Worcester St is one of many commissioned by the Spectrum Street Art festival in Christchurch city centre.

A Christchurch street art festival is looking for building owners who want to turn their walls into works of art.

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