Short film going a long way

Miguel Efondo

A Waikato student's short film about sadness and loneliness felt by youth will be screened at the upcoming Uni Shorts International Short Film Festival.

Entry to Contemporary Art Award 'on hold'

Bus shelter

Entry to the 2013 National Contemporary Art Award is on hold until a sponsor is confirmed.

When it comes to fashion, don't follow the crowd


World of WearableArt founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff on making bold fashion choices.

Designer cinema

REVIEW: Richard LaGravenese is no slouch as a screenwriter.

Bilbo's coming back again

martin freeman hobbit

Bilbo left but now he's coming back again with Martin Freeman confirming he's heading to NZ to film more of the trilogy.

Mill St and Wintec wall 'no place for art'

Wintec wall

As Hamilton's arts scene abuzz with what's next for Passing Red and the Wintec wall there are those arguing: why do anything?

Thursday Throwback: Ida Carey

	 Ida Carey

Few have left such a lasting cultural and artistic legacy to the city than Ida Carey.

Playing Romeo 'a guy's dream'

Romeo and Juliet

When hundreds of Waikato schoolgirls revealed they were "desperately seeking" Romeo, a dozen young men were ready to sweep them off their feet.

Art and debate are linked everywhere, not just here

Arts Festival

OPINION: We may not all be card carrying members of the city's literati but we love, celebrate and support this place in all its colours and idiosyncrasies, writes Denise Irvine.

Thursday throwback: 1987 Danish royal tour

royal tour

Do you know these young men from Tūrangawaewae Marae who greeted Queen Margrethe in 1987?

Six60's big sound is going global

They started out as a love-'em-or-hate-'em band, but as time goes on and their successes build, more and more people are jumping on the Six60 bandwagon and those boys are driving it straight to the top.

Gig guide: February 28 - March 6

Your guide to what's happening this week.

Passing judgement on Passing Red

'Love or hate it, it's doing what art should.'

OPINION: Whatever the future of Passing Red, the most important thing is that it has a future, says Creative Waikato's Sarah Nathan.

Hotere legend lives on in Hamilton

New Zealand has lost one of its great artists, but Ralph Hotere's name is legend that will live on in the Waikato.

Budding star builds on TV show fan base

Mihirangi rehearses with Hamilton drummer Waka Peri, who will join her on the Waikato leg of her tour.

It's been said before, but all cliches aside, Mihirangi is one of a kind.

Film review - To Rome with Love

Woody Allen fans can be broadly divided into those who appreciate the prolific film-maker's acting as well as his writing and directing and those who would rather he stay behind the camera.

Sick as a brick

‘‘This is probably going to sound funny, but I never thought of myself as playing blues. I thought I played hillbilly music or something. Like a train wreck, you know?

Siena Yates profiles a musician who is unprepared for fame.

Sanctuary for being and doing celebrates 20 years

Organisers say Prana is for seekers of metaphysical and spiritual insights.

It flies pretty low under the radar, despite being held at one of the most beautiful beaches in the region and at New Year it will mark 20 years of "conscious celebrations".

Best films of 2012

Michael Haneke's Amour - If cinema has ever produced a more direct and honest reflection on mortality I am unaware of it.

In writing up a 'ten best' list or otherwise considering the superior films seen in any calendar year there's always a problem with New Zealand's slightly delayed distribution system.

Clever musical revue hits festive notes

Forbidden Broadway

This is an ideal package for your Christmas function, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Kimbra wins ARIA for second time

WHIRLWIND YEAR: Kimbra clutches her second ARIA for Best Female Artist, awarded to her last night.

Kiwi songstress Kimbra has again won Best Female Artist at Australia's top music awards.

Master of Arts

Awards for Richard O'Brien and deputy mayor

Richard O'Brien

What do Riff Raff and Hamilton's deputy mayor have in common?

Shakespeare experience ahead for St John's pair

Two picked to go to London

GLOBE TROTTING: St John’s College student Zac Leet-Guinan and drama teacher Jacqui Wheeler have been selected for a Shakespearean trip to London.

After dropping drama for the "more academic" subject of biology this year, a Hamilton high school student is amazed to be among an elite few selected to study at London's Globe Theatre.

Gig guide - Oct 25 to 31

Lauryn Hill

Check out what's on during this weekend.

Powell shows his skills as cast nails taxing Fo play

Accidental Death of an Anarchist


Something very special is happening in Hamilton's theatre scene.

Not dead yet

DE LA SOUL: From left, Vincent Mason (Mase, Maseo, Pasemaster, Plug 3), Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos, Pos, Plug 1) and David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy, Plug 2 or, more recently, just Dave).

Hip-hop emerged as a rebellion against disco, but De La Soul's DJ Maseo tells Tracey Cooper, it wasn't all bad.

Are you old enough?

EARLY DAYS: Dragon in the late 1970s, with Todd Hunter on the right, hiding behind the walrus moustache.

Dragon have created some of the most memorable songs in New Zealand music history and they will be playing them all on their latest tour.

A travelling Film Five report

Some things, quite simply, make a great life even better.

Waikato conservatorium comes of age with a veritable feast

Waikato conservatorium comes of age

Congratulations to the University of Waikato music programme, because it has grown into a full conservatorium of music.

While you were sleeping

Germans are crazy about all things Kiwi

Waikato University humanities lecturer Norman Franke reports on New Zealand's role at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Classic Datsuns

BOOGIE BOYS: The Datsuns, from left, Ben Cole, Christian Livingstone, Dolf de Borst and Philip Somervell.

The Datsuns release their fifth album tomorrow, 10 years after being hailed as the saviours of rock 'n' roll. Tracey Cooper talks to drummer Ben Cole.

Aussies at it again, pinching Dr Who

First it was the Pavlova, then it was Russell Crowe and now it's Doctor Who

Doctor Who

With a trick as dastardly as any the evil Daleks can muster, Australian Doctor Who fans are trying to stop the Tardis materialising in New Zealand and have the show filmed in Australia instead.

Kimbra in running for six music awards


Hamilton pop darling Kimbra leads the chase for this year's Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards as a finalist in six categories.

Performance was winner

This year's winner of Concerto Competition, Andrew Leathwick, gave an assured, riveting performance of the virtuosic Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 in C.

Gig Guide: September 27 - October 2

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Your weekly guide to what's on in Hamilton this week.

Film Review - Ruby Sparks

Ruby Sparks

A cross between the old 1980s comedy Weird Science and the more recent post modern drama Stranger Than Fiction.

Something about Mary

EXPERIENCED: Matt Lee plays Bert in Mary Poppins by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh.

The Mary Poppins stage show has broken all sorts of records in Australia and is set to do the same when it opens in Auckland next month.

An award-winning story - Of Dust

Read Sacred Heart Girls College student Emily Hunter's award-winning story Of Dust.

Nelson band wins Smokefreerockquest

'An embarrassment of riches'

Smokefreerockquest national finals at Founders Theatre in Hamilton on Saturday night.

Nelson band New Vinyl has won the the Smokefreerockquest national final.

Gig Guide: September 20 - 26


Your weekly guide to gigs happening in the Waikato.

Cello says goodbye

BOWING OUT: Allan Chisholm on cello playing Song of the Birds (Pablo Casalas) at the Christopher Doig memorial service in Christchurch.

He hardly remembers living in Hamilton but we'll still claim Allan Chisholm as one of our own.

Fringe Festival is back

TOP ACT: Don McGlashan will be a big attraction at this year’s fringe festival.

Seems like just a year ago the Fringe Festival was knocking on our doors and dragging us out to see all manner of weird and wonderful performances around this fair city.

Rebuilt robots to play at festival

"It's visually quite mad"

ROBOT REBOOT: Greg Locke tunes up an earlier incarnation of his robot band The Trons.

After spending the last year disassembling and rebuilding his robotic band, Greg Locke is back with The Trons who are sporting new arms, instruments and a supercharged control system.

Left unfulfilled after cinema classic feast

Tizane McEvoy

This Hamilton Civic Choir concert included St Paul's Collegiate Big Band and Tizane McEvoy; a previous winner of the Choir's Associate Artist Award.

Gig Guide: September 13 - 19


Your weekly guide to what's happening in the Waikato.

Film review - Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Andersons's latest feature, opened at Lido Cinema around the midpoint of Hamilton's International Film Festival.

Glam rock Gods

COME AND GET IT: Steel Panthers with lead singer Ralph Saenz aka Michael Starr out front.

You can tell a band is really rock 'n' roll when their latest CD arrives in a brown paper bag with a leopard skin print g-string tucked in beside it.

Improv host Nick knows whose line it is anyway

IS THAT OUT OF 10?: Nick Wilkinson, MC for the 2012 Improv Combat season that starts at the Meteor Theatre on Sunday night.

There isn't much Nick Wilkinson hasn't done in Hamilton theatre.

On song

Tenor Amitai Pati is joining up with his brother Pene and Moses Mackay for a fundraising concert at Waikato University on Monday night.


Hamilton's own wearable arts fashion show, ReStyle, is on at the Founders Theatre on Saturday.
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