Dancing strongest feature of festival

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Marlborough dancers took on some of New Zealand's best over seven days of competition at the Marlborough Performing Arts Festival in Blenheim last week.

From water balloons to WOW

Labour of love pays off for designer

Nicki van Asch,

The Marlborough Express

While her two young children were sleeping, Nicki van Asch stayed up late at home, meticulously threading together thousands of water balloons that had been stockpiled over many months.

Dancers step up for arts fest

Week-long song and dance festival in full swing

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Dancers are putting their best foot forward for judges at this week's 2014 Marlborough Performing Arts Festival in Blenheim.

Cathedral Choir to double voices

Biggi G

Members of the Nelson Cathedral Choir will double the number of choral voices singing Evensong in the Church of the Nativity on Sunday.

Biggi G back in Blenheim

Biggi G

On Thursday Auckland-based DJ Biggi G returns to his hometown of Blenheim with more electro, house, and hip hop music for under-18 groovers.

Handbag changes last days

What would you think if your elderly mother suddenly spent $11,000 on a handbag?

Fun is common theme

"Fun" is a word used by two artists with separate exhibitions opening in Blenheim on Saturday.

Teen tale - and so much more

 Denis Teeling

ANGELA CROMPTON - The Marlborough Express

Teenage hormones are high in a New Zealand stage comedy opening at the Boathouse Theatre in Blenheim tomorrow night.

Brass band's window on the world

 Denis Teeling

ANGELA CROMPTON - The Marlborough Express

As New Zealand's political future goes down for the count on Saturday night the Marlborough District Brass Band will offer people in Blenheim a more global view.

Let's talk about glass

Caroline MacDonald-Haig

Glass used by artists in ancient and modern times will be discussed in Blenheim on Thursday by English glass lecturer Caroline MacDonald-Haig at the Marlborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Radio theme captures imagination

Caroline MacDonald-Haig

A quirky take on New Zealand's century-long love affair with radio is coming to the Millennium Art Gallery in Blenheim on Saturday.

New era of music for Blenheim


"Upbeat" programme of works planned for inaugural concert at St Andrew's Church this weekend.

Opera in surround Sound

Three New Zealand opera singers will fill the five-star Bay of Many Coves lodge in the Marlborough Sounds with opera, operetta and musical theatre next month.

Artist is doing what he 'loves'

Norman Sinclair

Artists need to create work that people want to look at, says high-country painter Norman Sinclair.

Quartet to open festival

The Europe-based Faust String Quartet will open the three-day St Andrews Music Festival in Blenheim on Friday.

Colourful tribute to Abi

'A bit of beauty in a world of sadness.'

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A Blenheim interior designer is spreading colour to mark the life of her goddaughter who was killed in a car accident earlier this year.

Homemade with inspiration

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In the second part of a series on DIY art, Sophie Preece finds a Marlborough woman looking outside the square and inside the frame.

Little Oceans in bigger pond

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A new recording grant confirms that former Marlborough band Little Oceans are on the right track.

High flying dancer to showcase skills

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Ballet dancer Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson wowed The Nutcracker audiences in June and will show off other dance skills when he performs in Blenheim again on Saturday.

Home is where the art is

Archie Matheson

SOPHIE PREECE - The Marlborough Express

When a wealth of creativity hits an expanse of bare wall, the result can be stunning.

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