Art and Stage

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 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.

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.

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.

Books are very good company

Gerry Walmisley

All of my books are my friends. Dog-eared and foxed many of them are. They are well-thumbed and much loved.

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.

GO Live: Song-a-month challenge

Julian Hay

Christchurch musician Julian Hay challenged himself to write, produce, record and release a song a month.

Kiwis set out to conquer Edinburgh Fringe

Fringe fest

Kiwis are getting to grips with the challenges of taking a show to the largest arts festival in the world.

NZ musician Robert Scott has a day job

Robert Scott

NZ musician Robert Scott talks about his new album, The Clean's tour plans, and life as a teacher aide.

Brother-sister duo Brood over success


Caleb Nott, of Kiwi music sensation Broods, is not sure he could deal with the same level of fame as compatriot Lorde.

Offence 'a form of political currency'

Richard King

Author Richard King, in Christchurch this month for the WORD Festival, says we are offended far too easily.

Street art showcase at demolition house

Quake-damaged house becomes art canvas

street art house

Ren Bell's house is due for demolition this week, so he asked street artists to decorate it for one final hurrah.

Cooking up new art fund

Bill Culbert

The Christchurch Art Gallery has launched an ambitious $5 million fundraising campaign to attract a new generation of art benefactors and supporters.

'Disneyfield' river precinct underwhelms

Avon River Precinct artists impression

A lack of consultation and a hefty price tag mean the Avon River precinct could fall flat on its face.

Co-workers rally for debt-hit, bereaved family

Co-workers hold fundraiser for debt-hit family

Bryce Cockroft

Bryce Cockroft turns 17 on Saturday. It will be the first birthday he spends without his mum after she lost her battle with cancer, but he is far from alone.

Dinah Lee releases song about Cathedral Square

Dinah Lee

Dinah Lee, queen of the '60s mods, has released a pop song about the iconic Christchurch location.

GO Live: Natalie Elms on a 'learning curve'

Natalie Elms

For Natalie Elms, making the move from performing covers to performing her own material has been a long process.

Miss Diamond Doll crowned


Shauva Thoms has been named Miss Diamond Doll in one of New Zealand's first alternative beauty pageants.

Quick success a surprise for Setterfield

Diane Setterfield

She had to "chivvy" herself along to get her first novel done and it seems to have paid off for Diane Setterfield.

Story of Aaron Swartz looks to inspire

Aaaron Swartz

Brian Knappenberger hopes his documentary on Aaron Swartz sparks plenty of debate both here and in US.
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