Art and Stage

Woolston Brass rally for champs video

Christchurch's Woolston Brassband perform at Wigram Air Force Museum under the direction of Tyme Masters.

Prestigious Christchurch band Woolston Brass prepared for the national championships with a special gig.

Theatre: Botch up won't cost us

The panels had to be craned into place on Gloucester St.

Isaac Theatre Royal bosses say they won't pay extra costs as construction firms squabble over delays.

Canterbury Smokefreerockquest winners

Alternative rock band Altero, from left: Bede Barrie, Jared Whiting, Miceal Wilson, Min-Young Her, of Lincoln High School. Winners of the 2015 Canterbury regional final of the Smokefreerockquest competition.

Altero, a four-piece alternative band from Lincoln High School, have won the Canterbury regional final of Smokefreerockquest.

Pregnant Brooke Fraser's stage outfits

Brooke Fraser is happy to be home

Three Kiwi designers help an expanding Brooke Fraser to fit into her stage outfits.

Honest drawing appeals to Douglas Stichbury

Douglas Stichbury has work in an exhibition titled Paper Plus in Christchurch this month.

Winner of the 2014 national drawing award, the Parkin Prize, Douglas Stichbury says that he likes drawing because of its honesty.

Orchestra drops concert hall plan

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performing in the Town Hall in 2005.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has dropped plans for a new concert hall after the council voted to restore the Town Hall.

Performing arts building opens

Rangi Ruru dance teacher Hannah Clarkson, right, shows off the new Fitzgerald Dance Studio to Kerri Fitzgerald. The studio was named after Fitzgerald, who taught dance at the school.

Rangi Ruru's new performing arts building has been officially opened.

Ghost Shark 2: An unexpected journey

Johnny Hall stars as ghost shark hunter Tom Logan in Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws

A movie about a ghost shark has taken two Canterbury filmmakers on a six year journey of self discovery through the world of exploitation film

Teen play a New Zealand first

12062015. News Photo. Stacy Squires/Fairfax NZ.
For Mainland Live.The Invisibles: Dan Bain and Luke Di Somma (at piano)have co-written The Invisibles - an anti musical, which will be premiered by St Margaret???s College at the end of Term 2 this year. Leads Gabby McDonald and Tom Nye.

A new school musical highlights real pressures faced by Kiwi teenagers.

Music can still surprise you

Whether it's Tchaikovsky or the Eagles, music discovery continues to be an exciting journey.   (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Never assume that you have heard or tasted everything because just around the corner.

Adventures in skater art with Chippy and Dirk

Auckland artist Dirk in residence at Embassy earlier this month as part of the First Thursdays event.

Auckland zine artists, printmakers and illustrators, Dirk Peterson and Chippy (Chris Hutchinson) made their first visit to Christchurch earlier this month and were enthused about what they discovered.

'Hatbeard' returns to the stage

X Factor NZ contestant Stevie Tonks.

Stevie ''Hatbeard'' Tonks performs his first shows in hometown Christchurch after competing on The X Factor reality show.

Niu Sila sharp and funny

Actor Gregory Cooper stars with Semu Filipo in Nui Sila at the Forge Theatre in Christchurch.

REVIEW: Niu Sila is a story full of compassion and laughter, bought to life by a talented crew and cast.

The grandad of grunge goes quiet

Strumming my pain with his fingers: Chris Cornell goes acoustic

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is coming to new Zealand for a solo acoustic tour.

Review: Footprints/Tapuwae

Free Theatre Christchurch's bicultural opera Footprints/Tapuwae.

Free Theatre Christchurch, Arts Centre.

Sydney v Christchurch art

Everything about Australia is better says his Sydney-side friend.

When a Sydney friend said that he envied artists in Christchurch, I assumed that he was adding a heaped teaspoon of Australian cynicism to our morning coffee.

Neil Dawson on public art

Neil Dawson's sculpture Fanfare montage in situ at Chaney's Corner at night. Image courtesy of Neil Dawson.

Sculptor says Christchurch has made progress in its relationship with public art.

Rock N Roll Thursdays

Solid Gold Vol II is a pop-up exhibition of album-cover inspired artworks at Penny Lane Records. The exhibition is part of a programme titled Paper, Scissors Rock N Roll being held as part of the First Thursdays event in Sydenham on June 4.

Sydenham is going back to the 1950s with family-friendly events at four locations.

Artful post-quake 'lines'

Artist in her studio. Natalia Saegusa wears 6x4.

Four weeks after Natalia Saegusa moved to Christchurch the 2011 earthquake struck.

Vivid ideas for Christchurch

Vivid Ideas: Brainstorming at 'Upskill to Upcycle', Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay

Christchurch could be inspired by Sydney's Vivid Festival of light, music and ideas.

Footprints - Free Theatre Christchurch stages bicultural opera

Free Theatre Christchurch rehearse bicultural opera Footprints/Tapuwae ahead of a series of shows starting June 2.

This week Free Theatre Christchurch is staging Footprints/Tapuwae, a unique bicultural opera.

Salute performance 'emotionally charged'

NZ Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Ballet's collaboration in Salute, a WW1 commemorative programme.

Salute, the New Zealand Ballet’s commemorative programme marking the World War One centennial is choreographically diverse and emotionally charged, presenting a multitude of challenges for the company’s dancers.

Sleeping Beauty on Ice cancelled

Imperial Ice Stars' Sleeping Beauty on Ice will not come to Christchurch and Dunedin

Shipping error forces cancellation of South Island Sleeping Beauty on Ice shows.

Dancing with Utopia

Eden Mulholland is playing shows in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in May.

Musician Eden Mulholland has freed himself from putting his creations into boxes and labelling them. He brings his Utopia tour to New Zealand this week.

Memorial sculpture 'leading rebuild'

Extant sculpture pays tribute to those killed in the CTV building.

Christchurch developer places memorial to those killed in the CTV building at the centre of his rebuilt business.

San Andreas coming to Chch video

Rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) heads to San Francisco to save his only daughter.

Are Christchurch cinemagoers ready to see a blockbuster movie about a devastating earthquake?

'Anti Groovy' artworks painted on gallery walls

Mark Braunias' installation Anti Groovy is on show at Jonathan Smart Gallery.

Artist Mark Braunias has painted creatures and mysterious forms directly only the walls of a Sydenham gallery.

Anika Moa and Julia Deans celebrate friendship

Anika Moa and Julia Deans.

It’ll be a triumphant homecoming for two Canterbury rock divas when Julia Deans and Anika Moa join forces with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for a concert in June.

Quake-shattered home reborn

First Contact, First Installation exhibition in Bealey Ave, Christchurch

How did artists and curators, Sophie Bannan, Sophie Davis and Grace Ryder manage to establish the artists-run space, North Projects in seven days with a six month exhibition programme?

CSO’s Baroque Festival a resounding success

Benjamin Northey, conductor of the CSO, created a stellar programme for the Baroque Festival.

REVIEW: David Sell reviews the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra's Baroque Festival final performance, Brilliance.

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