Five reasONs to fall in love with Valdivia, Chile

Five reasONs to fall in love with Valdivia, Chile

Named the City of Rivers after the waterways that run through or around it, Valdivia is the vibrant capital of Chile’s newest region, Los Rios XIV. ANNABEL WILSON discovers its wilderness, beaches, wildlife, graffiti and bars. To visit Valdivia, the pearl of Southern Chile, is to be surrounded by water and wildlife. The Calle Calle river that bisects the historic […]

ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review

ON the scene: Splendour in the Grass 2016 – review

ANNABEL WILSON offers her perspective on Byron Bay’s infamous music festival. A music festival experience is a series of encapsulated moments. A collection of vignettes loosely linked to form an overall impression. Every punter’s showreel of recollections is unique, with a few collective overlaps. They’re the kind of highlights you chatter about when debriefing with fellow attendees afterwards. They’re what […]

ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike

ON your bike: Riding the peaceful vision with Lucid Dream Bike

gONzo journalist ANNABEL WILSON bedazzled her BMX with fairy lights, glo sticks and a luminous orange rabbit for Lucid Dream’s Bike Carnival of Lights and Motion in Wellington. I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date… It’s 6:50 on a still winter’s evening. Hooning around Wellington’s CBD on a BMX I bought for 10 bucks from Trash Palace, I’m anxious I […]

ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

ONstage: Shot Bro, Confessions of a Depressed Bullet

ANNABEL WILSON reviews Rob Mokaraka’s one man black comedy about his struggle with depression and how he ended up being shot…bro. In 2009, award-winning actor Rob Mokaraka was shot in the chest during a confrontation with police at his Point Chevalier home. In a manic episode brought on by long-hidden depression, he had dialled 111 then threatened attending officers with a meat cleaver and perceived ‘concealed […]

ON the shelf: The Girls, I Love Dick and Wasted book reviews.

ON the shelf: The Girls, I Love Dick and Wasted book reviews.

The Girls – Emma Cline ***** RRP $37, Chatto & Windus / Penguin Picking up THE GIRLS it’s immediately obvious that Cline is writing a fictitious tale of a young girl’s encounter with Charles Manson and his ‘family’ during the summer of 1969, and how it shaped her life in the years since. A single woman drifting from house sitting […]

Onstage review: The White Guitar – a show of strength and vulnerability

Onstage review: The White Guitar – a show of strength and vulnerability

“I represent the thousand souls that never made it this far,” Malo Luafutu (best known as Scribe) explained at the opening of the 2016 season of The White Guitar at Hannah Playhouse last night. Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty and presented by The Conch and Tourmakers, The White Guitar is a living history told by Scribe, his father […]

ONstage: Hotel Europa – fractured spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations

ONstage: Hotel Europa – fractured spaces of colliding cultures, memory, aspirations

ANNABEL WILSON reviews the final show of  Hotel Europa at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. On the eve of the Brexit vote, third year Toi Whakaari actors performed the last show of their season of Goran Stefanovski‘s Hotel Europa. Directed by Anna Marbrook working in collaboration with designer Kasia Pol, the graduand students explored questions of home, power, ego, nationalism, the […]