Christchurch Life

Review: That Bloody Woman

Kate Sheppard rock opera That Bloody Woman had its world premiere in Christchurch on Friday night.

That Bloody Woman is a rock musical bursting with wit, charm, verve and righteous energy.

Art takes back the streets video

Performers at the opening of the arts festival in Christchurch on Friday night.

The Christchurch Arts Festival took back the streets for an official opening full of fire, singing, kapa haka and eels.

Eels take over bus interchange video

School girls react to performance artist Alex Rigg, of Eel Mother, who performed in the bus interchange on Friday morning as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Christchurch's new bus interchange filled with movement, sound and mischief as part of art festival.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream a ‘triumph’

Kohei Iwamoto dances in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

It was an inspired move by former director, Ethan Stiefel, to invite outstanding young British choreographer, Liam Scartlett, to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Review: The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre opened at the Christchurch Arts Festival on Thursday night.

The Daisy Theatre is an act of magic. The cast is comprised of inanimate objects, but they come alive.

Singing suffragettes salute Sheppard

The cast of rock musical That Bloody Woman rehearse ahead of the world premiere on Friday night. Phoebe Hurst, left, Kyle Chuen, Ester Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Amy Straker and Cameron Douglas star in the show about suffragette Kate Sheppard.

A rock musical opening in Christchurch explores the life of Christchurch suffragette Kate Sheppard.

Summer Starter on crutches gallery video

Cate Grace is a personal trainer with Leap Fitness and Motivation, who positively manages living with chronic illnesses. She is now an ambassador for The Press Summer Starter.

Cate Grace smiles in the face of adversity and is encouraging others to join her.

Singing solicitor spurned Seal

Miranda Rout is a singing solicitor who battled sexual harrassment as a young performer and who is guilty of turning down a date with Seal.

By day Miranda Rout is a lawyer in both the Christchurch Family and Criminal Courts, but by night she is a singer who once associated with Seal and members of Motorhead.

Give the door staff a break

Jesse Wright was turned away from a bar for his facial tattoos. The 75 on his cheek refers to the year his mother was born.

OPINION: Refusing entry or service can be a difficult process. I've had punches thrown, tables thrown, been spat at and had my mother cursed to damnation.

Arts festival brings city to life

The Christchurch Arts Festivals begins on Thursday night.

The opening weekend of the Christchurch Arts Festival brings marionettes, singing suffragettes and a dance party to the city.

Six60: New Year's eve show in Cathedral Square

Six60 have earned six New Zealand Music Awards, achieved quadruple platinum album sales for their self-titled debut Six60. They head to America on Sunday for talks at Capitol Records, the home of many major stars.

Six60 will play a special outdoor show at Christchurch’s Cathedral Square on New Year’s eve and are heading to America this week to work with Capitol Records.

Avalanche City to tour all the wild places

Avalanche City's Dave Gibson in one of his wild places - Anawhata. He tours New Zealand in October.

If you love, love, love Avalanche City, here's some good news.

Cold Chisel 'perfect crime'

Cold Chisel have announced two New Zealand shows in December.

Aussie rockers Cold Chisel is still strutting its bogan stuff. Today they release a new song, an album’s coming soon and they play two New Zealand shows in December.

24 hour Busk-a-thon in support of charity

Erin Jackson, left, and Naomi van den Broek are organising a 24-hour buskathon for the Home and Family charity.

If you can swallow swords, dance like no one is watching or are a professional performer in Christchurch, your city needs you.

The dark side of Cirque

Le Noir has announced a Christchurch season during Cup and Show Week in November. The final show at the Isaac Theatre Royal will mark the one year anniversary of the theatre's reopening.

A show starring some of the world’s most impressive acrobatic acts will come to Christchurch in November.

Brian Jonestown Massacre tour

Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre have announced three New Zealand dates in November.

Redemption songs

Singing a new song, with The White Guitar, Scribe.

Scribe and his family boldly shine light on darkness and tell their family story in The White Guitar.

Welcome to the pleasuredome

Inside the Luminarium, in Taranaki now but heading for Auckland and Christchurch.

A four-year-old's look through the Architects of Air's Exxopolis, a giant inflatable experience heading for Christchurch and Auckland

Singing troupe brings best to Chch gallery video

The Vocal Network in Christchurch, featuring David Merriman, left), Ed Dempsey, Andrew Grieve and Aaron Chandler are fundraising to get themselves to Nashville for an international singing competition.

Singing quartet bringing the Musical Island Boys to Christchurch for fundraiser.

Festival programme adds colour to city

Escape the grey. Exxopolis will transform Cathedral Square into a world of colour.

The Christchurch Arts Festival starts today, boasting a varied and inspiring programme of theatre, music, magic, circus and arts events.

What you were wearing

See what Johanna Alliksaar was wearing in Christchurch.

What you were wearing by Ben Eldridge

Cocktails and a runway

Caroline Cooper-Dixon and Carlo Gomez are running The Colombo's luxury food and fashion evening.

Fancy a luxury night out sipping a glass of bubbly in your VIP runway-side seats?

The first stalks of spring

Rhubarb and coconut buns are perfect for lunch boxes.

The rhubarb in the garden is stirring, so here's some recipes to help you make the most of its tangy magic.

Temp housing inspires artist

Bala Patel has found solace in painting.

A gynecologist-turned-painter says art provided an escape after quakes split her Cashmere home in two.

Bob's not your uncle

Lisa Walker, Anna’s Best Friend is Russian Bob’s Mother, Photograph courtesy of The National.

Self-expression informs the work of one of New Zealand's most influential contemporary jewellers, Lisa Walker.

Christchurch Arts Festival rises again

A Spiegeltent being erected in the Arts Centre for the Christchurch Arts Festival.

The Spiegeltent has risen again. Like the first cuckoo of spring (or flutter of godwit wings), the Christchurch Arts Festival's blithe spirit has materialised on the Christchurch Arts Centre's market square.

Canty students on TV

Students Catherine O'Donnell Jackways (L), Liam Boardman, Elizabeth North (c), Andre MacLeod Hungar and Stewart Alexander, with mascot Ernie, are competing in the revived television quiz show, University Challenge.

Canterbury University students are in Wellington for TV quiz show University Challenge.

Hooked on colouring in

A fox from Animorphia, coloured by Kat Bifield

Colouring in books for grown-ups is the new black and a global publishing phenomenon.

Going nuts for ... coconut

John Drew swears by coconut oil.

Cantabrians have gone crazy for all things coconut. 

Review: The Cuban

The Cuban's decor is bold and beautiful

REVIEW: The Cuban ticks a lot of boxes but the food needs work.

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