Art and Stage

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.

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.

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.

Robin Williams 'a gentle man, a wild wit'

Robin Williams with Vincent Ward in 1998

Christchurch filmmaker pays tribute to Robin Williams, saying his friend had 'extraordinary talent and wicked humour". | 'He was my hero'

Colourful names capture cultural heritage

NoViolet Bulawayo

"Superstar author" NoViolet Bulawayo brings colourful stories of Zimbabwean culture to WORD.

Two Kiwi films in festival spotlight

Everything We Loved

A pair of Kiwi films provide the highlights of today's programme at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Search for NZ's Living Doll beauty

Sophia Lee

15 women are vying for a beauty crown with a difference and prizes including candy floss and a tattoo voucher.

Alternative beauty pageant subject of abuse

diamond doll

Organisers of an alternative beauty pageant battle online hate campaign. | Living Doll

GO Live: AhoriBuzz spreads simple truth


''It doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter where you live, we all share the same sun,'' says Aaron Tokona.

Health scare inspires dancer's new work

Neil Ieremia

One of NZ's most respected choreographers is working on a new piece inspired by his near-death experience.

Simon Gault at Christchurch writer's festival

Simon Gault

Is Simon Gault a career chef, a businessman, or just mad about slaving over hot stoves?

Kiwi zombie show may go on to scare world

Press reporter's confusing night in Kiwi thriller

Charlie Gates as zombie

A New Zealand zombie thriller has proved such a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that it could now tour the world.

Christchurch duo takes on Amazing Race

Amazing Race

Don't be fooled by their song and dance - Christchurch siblings Emily and Jono are in it to win it.

Arts shows different side to NZ

Aaron Kreisler

Video of driver doing burn-outs and portraits of vegans among the Kiwi works at major Edinburgh art show.

Eleanor Catton's stellar success

Eleanor Catton

The rampant success of The Luminaries has turned the New Zealand publishing world upside down.

Kiwi zombies and dancers invade festival

HAKA: A New Zealand kapa haka performer takes part in the popular Haka how in Edinburgh.

Zombies, modern dancers and haka groups are leading a New Zealand invasion of the largest arts festival in the world.

Imag_ne artwork plays on creativity

Acclaimed installation comes to ChCh


An interactive piece of art playing on people's imaginations has been installed in Christchurch.

Golden girl Kimbra gets real


Only a Kiwi girl could find a sheep farm in the middle of Los Angeles.

Art lies in the eye of the beholder

Leigh Martin

OPINION: There's nothing like a robust, no-holds barred cultural debate over the age-old question: What is art?

Steampunk style a nod to consumerism


Cashmere High School student has high hopes for entry in South Library's steampunk competition.

Annual feast of cinema returns

Scarlett Johansson

Christchurch cinema-goers will be among the first in the world to see the hottest slices of international cinema.

Arthouse meets digital at Metropolis


The Tannery's Metropolis, set to open next year, heralds the return of arthouse cinema to Christchurch.

Heart leads with soul not vagina



Vicki Anderson talks to pioneering rock chick, Ann Wilson, of '70s band Heart.

GO Live: Headed for stardom

Chch singer to record at famous studio

Maya Payne

Maya Payne is attracting international attention with her music.

Kenny Rogers coming to Christchurch

	 Kenny Rogers

The man who has made a life out of reading people's faces is heading to Christchurch.

Pharrell loves Kiwi retirement home's version of Happy

Al Pharrell Williams

Kiwi retirees' charming version of Happy gets a big lift after a shout out from the man himself.

Christchurch to get a fringe festival

Sam Fisher and Jordan Jones

Except to see some quirky and original acts at Christchurch's first fringe festival this October.

Russia 'like a beguiling black hole'

Luke Harding

Despite being kicked out of the country, journalist Luke Harding remains fascinated with Russia.

Vocal coach Amy Bowie shows how it's done

Amy Bowie

A Christchurch-based singer, songwriter, actress and vocal coach, Amy Bowie has a passion for musical theatre and writes and sings in multiple genres.

What should I do this weekend?

Your guide to what's happening around town


Go naughty with a burlesque show, get conscious at the climate summit, or just go rock out this weekend.

City sculpture uses quake-salvaged wood

New sculpture made from quake-salvaged wood

Wood from the Trees sculpture

Artist Regan Gentry today craned in the final pieces for his Wood from the Trees sculpture being installed in central Christchurch.
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