ON stage: Southern Lakes locals lure crowds to Festival of Colour

ON stage: Southern Lakes locals lure crowds to Festival of Colour

A record number of Southern Lakes locals will participate in the acclaimed Festival of Colour, which kicks off in Wanaka next week. Known as New Zealand’s ‘best little arts festival’, the seventh biennial event launches on Monday, April 3 with bonfires, storytelling and song on Wanaka’s lakefront. More than 160 locals are either performing, volunteering or working behind the scenes […]

ONstage: 26 Cats Destroy The Patriarchy (Review)

ONstage: 26 Cats Destroy The Patriarchy (Review)

‘26 Cats Destroy the Patriarchy’ is more than a contemporary historical or socio-political drama, it is an intergenerational homage to feminism and family, in particular to women raising women. Ellen Anderson reflects on the show’s recent premiere season at BATS theatre as part of the NZ Fringe Festival. Not only does each character represent their generation within a modern matriarchy, […]

ON design trend: How a shaggy bag changed my life

ON design trend: How a shaggy bag changed my life

Winding down after a busy working day used to be hard. Until my brother Ben and his wife Amanda  (of Wilson & Dorset) gave me a sheepskin shaggy bag for my birthday. It’s like a bear hug waiting in the lounge for whenever I need to chill out, fast.  Taking the bean bag idea to a whole new level, the […]

ON the beat – Quintessentially Rhythm and Alps (Review – with photos)

ON the beat – Quintessentially Rhythm and Alps (Review – with photos)

“One for peace, two for unity, three for we. And here it is. The place is Wanaka 2017. Raise your hands! Raise ’em all!” – Opiuo What makes the music festival Rhythm and Alps unique, #sorhythmandalps? What drew this year’s crowd of 7000, 4000 of whom camped on site? What makes R&A what it is today? ONmag’s writers ANNABEL WILSON […]

ON the beat: Rhythm and Alps – A veteran’s guide

ON the beat: Rhythm and Alps – A veteran’s guide

Now into her fourth year of sending it deep at the South Island’s answer to a New Year festival, EMMA SIMPSON spills her secrets to a successful R&A.  Here are some of her lessons learnt (quite often the hard way) from Rhythm and Alps.  1) Do your admin. I know it’s Captain Obvious but you are one of around 7000 […]

ON the beat with Rhythm and Alps returnee Cory ChampiON

ON the beat with Rhythm and Alps returnee Cory ChampiON

Wellington musical wunderkind Cory Champion is pointing the compass south for New Year’s Eve, to play with Pacific Heights at Rhythm and Alps. ANNABEL WILSON gets the skinny on what keeps bringing him back to R&A, his obsession with cymbals and a few of his other favourite things… You’re becoming a mainstay of the Rhythm and Alps event. What brings […]

Rhythm & Alps leads music festival technology

Rhythm & Alps leads music festival technology

Rhythm & Alps revellers will be treated to an incredible experience of sound, light, optical illusion and art, thanks to world-leading stage technology. The highly-anticipated New Year’s party and music festival, held  on December 29-31 at Robrosa Station near Wanaka, has already achieved an outstanding international reputation for producing innovative stages. This year’s event will see the bar raised even […]