Art and Stage

Creations come to life on the catwalk


Colourful and creepy creations hit the catwalk as D&A makeup design students show off their skills.

Theatre Royal tests its colours

Isaac Theatre Royal

The facade of the historic Isaac Theatre Royal was lit up for the first time this week as restoration work continues.

Music hopefuls lining up for TV stardom

Whenua Patuwai

The X-Factor music competition is returning to NZ next year and budding musicians are already lining up to enter.

Song penned for Terror to Love

Special song penned for Cup winner

Terror To Love

With three New Zealand Trotting Cups to his name there is no doubt Terror To Love has the X factor and now he has a song to prove it.

GO Live: The Eastern

The Eastern

The Eastern tour often. So much so there's a joke or two about opening your wardrobe to find the band playing in it.

Radiohead drummer recalls Christchurch gig


In 1993 Radiohead performed in Cathedral Square. A decade later, the drummer still remembers the gig "vividly".

What's your best stadium memory?

Haast eagle

Six performance artists are set to enter the old AMI stadium and broadcast every story they can find relating to the site.

'Magic' lights up the Darkroom

'Oddity' shows attract world-class performers

Skye Broberg and Pascal Ackerman

Many performers have honed their unique shows at the Darkroom Bar's magic nights.

Shihad to sing in the new year in Christchurch

Shihad among the acts for Cathedral Square gig


Cantabrians in for a great start to 2015 after Shihad, Airbourne, Cairo Knife Fight and I Am Giant announce New Year's Eve performance.

Ed Sheeran's NZ tour sells out in minutes

Ed Sheeran

Fans of the British musician snap up tickets within minutes, leading to second Auckland show being announced.

Review: Neil Finn and Bic Runga

Music legend delivers polished performance

Neil Finn

Bic Runga shone and Neil Finn delivered a polished performance in the last show on his world tour.

Fun events for the school holidays

Washington skate park

Art exhibitions, children's theatre, free cupcake workshops... there's plenty around to entertain the children over the break.

GO Live: Teen sings from the heart

Candice Milner

After losing her grandmother to cancer, Candice Milner wrote a song with a purpose - to inspire others.

Stories of jail and parole told through dance

Hagley Dance Company

Christchurch parolees' stories are being told through contemporary dance as part of the city's Body Festival.

Hip to be old: Age no barrier to hip hop

Hip Hop-eration

Young@Heart did it with rock, now a Kiwi documentary shows you're never too old for hip-hop.

The rise and fall of a music legend

Peter Utteridge

Peter Gutteridge was met by police on his return from the US, was admitted to hospital and died.

Bombshell on Broadway

Christchurch performer is no diva


She may be jetting off to New York to perform but Ali Harper says her life is anything but glamorous.

GO Live: Timaru band based in long friendship


Timaru-based trio Earthshield started out playing blues but now they are playing metal with finger-bleeding riffs.

Arthouse cinema at performing arts precinct?

Town Hall Conservation and Performing Arts Precinct Project

An arthouse cinema could be part of a proposed performing arts precinct.

TV series shows Christchurch as it is

TV presenter shocked at homelessness

Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth, award-winning director of When a City Falls, reveals Christchurch through lives of everyday people living in extraordinary times.

Free Theatre books gym time

Ubu Nights

Unique theme nights are breathing new life into the Arts Centre's Gymnasium.

The Chills' Peter Gutteridge dies

Peter Gutteridge

Record label pays tribute to "great talent" of Peter Gutteridge, a pioneer of the Dunedin sound.

Festa plans outrageous spectacle in Christchurch

Festa returns to popular LuxCity format

FESTA 2012

A dozen elevated, glowing frames will be installed on High St for Labour Day weekend.

Soundtrack of my life: Jol Mulholland

Gasoline Cowboy

Jol Mulholland is a producer, engineer and instrumentalist, and occasional member of The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy.

Shihad give back to Christchurch

Shihad concert

Kiwi rockers Shihad last night played their new album to enthusiastic fans in Christchurch.

'It's all about the music'

Live music fans in for a treat

Tarquyn Read

Allen St is set to open soon in Christchurch, promising great music, good times and friendly doormen.

Another round of changes for buskers festival

World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival at a turning point with new director, funding cuts and plans to move shows back to city streets.

Shihad Live Chat - read their answers


Shihad's Phil Knight and Karl Kippenberger talk about Christchurch, favourite records and the importance of white towels.

Shihad talk Christchurch, karaoke and Jimmy Barnes


Band explain why they chose Christchurch for one-off show tonight - and even front a live chat for fans.

Review: Bob Dylan in Christchurch

Bob Dylan at Horncastle Arena

OPINION: The appreciation of a live performance depends on how it meets your expectations.

Bob Dylan lands in Christchurch

Legendary singer often books four hotels

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has apparently arrived in Christchurch by private jet, ahead of his concert at Horncastle Arena tonight.

Developers asked to include art

paint brushes

Developers asked to include works in new buildings as part of a scheme to generate work for local artists.

Out of the blue, Black Keys to perform in NZ cities

Black Keys

The Black Keys will play in Christchurch and Auckland next year as part of their world tour.

Stories to tell young women

One guy asked: 'Where are the scones love?'

Jess - Architect

New book and website exposes challenges for women working in all-male environments.

Following Jean Watson's passage to India

Auntie and the Star People

Author Jean Watson's long-standing relationship with India has become the topic of a feature film.

Empire brings the wow factor

Circus meets burlesque in amazing show


Mixing up somersaults, slapstick and striptease, Empire will be a hot ticket in Christchurch next month.

Council's grey space awaits art

Chch council building

OPINION: Look for any tangible sign that the council building is one of Christchurch's pivotal cultural hubs, and you won't find much.

New director to juggle buskers festival

Glen Pickering

World Buskers Festival appoints new director as the popular event prepares for major changes.

GO Live: Band pen ode to Tom Selleck's 'tache

Black Fox Trio

A Christchurch band may be the first to create a song dedicated to the star of '80s TV show Magnum P.I.

Buskers eye return to city streets

World Buskers Festival

World Buskers Festival could be fully reintegrated back into central-city streets by 2017.

WORD festival offers new views on quake city


OPINION: People from outside Christchurch can help Cantabrians to see their strange, ruined and hopeful city in new ways.

WORD festival the most successful yet

Nicky Hager

Sold-out shows and thousands of attendees have made this year's Christchurch writers festival one of the most successful yet, its organiser says.

Hager's relationship with hacker revealed

Nicky Hager

The hacker who helped Nicky Hager did it because he thought Whale Oil blogger "was a p****".

Whitleblower's author and literary stars draw crowds

Writing stars draw crowds

Eleanor Catton

Book lovers and political junkies were out in force at Word Christchurch events last night.

Nicky Hager in Christchurch

Investigative journalist 'funny in real life'

Nicky Hager

The author and investigative journalist, whose latest book landed like a bombshell into election campaigning, will be speaking in Christchurch tomorrow.

If your boy won't read try Captain Underpants

Alex Fulton

Alex Fulton, 7, loves reading and devours books in bed - the more outrageous the better.

Go Live: Music 'a therapy' for Pat Dugan

Pat Dugan

Pat Dugan performed his first gig in Christchurch in 1936 and has barely been off a stage since.

Campaign to bring Fanfare to Christchurch

Fanfare sculpture

A public fundraising appeal will be launched on Monday to bring a 24-metre sculpture to Christchurch.

Architect first up for festival

'It was much, much stronger than I expected'

Shigeru Ban

Within the cardboard structure of the cathedral he designed, architect Shigeru Ban opened Christchurch's biennial writer's festival.

WORD festival a success before it starts

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton and other well known writers are in town for the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival.
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