NZ Festival 2014

Born again with bikes

Rising from the ashes

TOM CARDY - The Dominion Post

A new documentary looks at the story of a former champion cyclist who trained the post-genocide Rwandan cycle team.

Festival lights up capital stats

World famous light and sound experience Power Plant will transform the Botanic Gardens

The Doctor Who symphony and the Power Plant light show proved the biggest drawcards at this year's New Zealand Festival, for Wellington business.

Review: Kelemen Quartet

Kelemen Quartet

They've only been together three years, but the Kelemen Quartet were remarkably assured in the final music event of the NZ Festival.

Review: Frente Cumbiero


Argentinian world music titans Frente Cumbiero played with passion, but improvisation with lacking.

Review: Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

Any Yo La Tengo concert has moments of heart-aching beauty, and the band delivered with a powerhouse finale.

Farewell to the Festival

Now is the time to say goodbye

It's always a sad moment when the festival comes to an end and we say goodbye to the artists, says artistic director Shelagh Magadza.

Review: Five by Five - Concert Five

The NZSO's rendition of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was absolutely beautiful.

Review: Age

Festival Age

The cast give of Age gave intense and dynamic performances.

Preview: Kelemen Quartet

Kelemen Quartet

When the Kelemen Quartet's cellist broke her wrist, the group had to advertise for a replacement two weeks ahead of their tour.

Review: Once We Built A Tower


Once We Built a Tower is a thoroughly, good old-fashioned musical documentary in the tradition of Mervyn Thompson's to Uncle Scrim and Temperance!

Preview: Yo La Tengo

yo la tengo

James Mcnew remembers well his first gig as the bassist for Yo La Tengo. It was March 23, 1991, and he was filling in for a show at the trio's spiritual home, the recently shuttered Maxwell's Hoboken in New Jersey.

Review: An Iliad

An Iliad

Lighting, music, acting and oration combine in An Iliad, which tells the story of the Trojan War.

Review: Neko Case

Neko Case

Neko Case impressed again at the James Cabaret, with her soaring voice and wide range of material.

Review: Rian


Eight stunning dancers and five brilliant musicians make Rian a perfect fusion of skill and joy.

Preview: Frente Cumbiero


While Colombia has a musical tradition stretching back 200 years, Frente Cumbiero are very much about making music for the 21st century, writes Tom Cardy.

Preview: My Stories Your Emails


Saran Goldie-Anderson never knew a spur-of-the moment decision to take a sign language paper at university would change her life.

We need an Artists Week

Joanna Braithwaite art

OPINION: The New Zealand Festival does some things well but, when it comes to the visual arts, it could do better.

Review: The Demolition of the Century

Duncan Sarkies

Duncan Sarkies and Sean O'Brien aka Joe Blossom creatively perform extracts from Sarkie's latest book.

Preview: An Iliad

An Illiad

An Iliad director Lisa Peterson isn't a big Greek mythology buff, but was drawn to An Iliad because she loves poetry.

Review: Between Zero and One


I must admit it is quite a few years since I experienced Strike, and it is clear they have come a very long way since.

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