ON the beat: Iceland comes to Wanaka for the Festival of Colour

ON the beat: Iceland comes to Wanaka for the Festival of Colour

Last night, audiences at Wanaka’s biannual Festival of Colour were metaphysically transported to Iceland by Blackbird Ensemble’s Björk – All Is Full of Love show and then the phenomenal JFDR. Designed by composer and multi-instrumentalist Claire Cowan, All Is Full of Love is a homage to the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk. Opening the songbook of the world’s most well-known Icelander (beloved for […]

Thank F*** it’s Friday with Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble

Thank F*** it’s Friday with Claire Cowan of Blackbird Ensemble

ONmag caught up with the musical magnate Claire Cowan to find out the nitty gritty on All Is Full of Love – Blackbird Ensemble’s star-studded show which opens Björk’s songbook and makes it their own. Read ON to find out what inspires and drives Cowan, what’s in her fridge and where you can catch one of the Ensemble’s upcoming South Island gigs. […]

ON tour: Arma del Amor with their killer debut album, Onna Bugeisha

ON tour: Arma del Amor with their killer debut album, Onna Bugeisha

Following their debut album release from Arma Del Amor on May 11, the Onna Bugeisha tour sees the Wanaka-based live electronica band hit six intimate venues around New Zealand this June and July. Arma Del Amor will perform their meticulously crafted shows to connect with their audiences and share the spoils of their delectable new album. Securing number one on […]

On the road: Secrets of Sri Lanka’s South Coast – Stella Beach House

On the road: Secrets of Sri Lanka’s South Coast – Stella Beach House

      ANNABEL WILSON spent a week on the southern shores of Ceylon, and shares insights on its charms. Her first review is of Stella Beach House – one of Dynamic Lives‘ portfolio of luxury villas in Ibiza, Formentera, Mykonos and Sri Lanka. Perfectly situated for exploring Sri Lanka’s south coast, Stella Beach House is a luxury hideaway between […]

Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs

Freeze defrenzies at Aspiring ConversatiONs

Freeze (verb) To find stillness. Defrenzy (verb) To eliminate clutter, chatter, distraction and agitation.  “Bring your own stone,” the programme said. We’re carrying rocks we collected from the beach at Mt Aspiring look-out that morning. It’s a crisp Central Otago day, the second day of the Aspiring Conversations festival of ideas, coined a “time for thinking”. We find seats on […]

ON the road: Six of the best… Dunedin beaches

ON the road: Six of the best… Dunedin beaches

Spanning 480 kilometres of coastline, the City of Dunedin boasts a bevy of wild and romantic beaches. Whether it’s sunsets, surf, wildlife, swimming or a stroll you’re after, any visit to the Edinburgh of the South should include a sea-side session. Here are six of the best recommended by ONmag. St Clair is the most popular surf spot, worth a look […]

Seven reasONs to visit Rotokura/Cable Bay, Nelson

Seven reasONs to visit Rotokura/Cable Bay, Nelson

Drive fifteen minutes east over the rolling hills out of Nelson and you’ll find the turn-off to Cable Bay, a charming cove well worth a day trip or a longer stay. ANNABEL WILSON shares seven reasons to explore the bay and its history. Wild walks – The Cable Bay walk starts at beach level and winds up through cabbage-tree studded […]