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ON the beat: Dusky Sounds – 5 reasONs to see The Blue Moments Project (review) 0
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ON the beat: Dusky Sounds – 5 reasONs to see The Blue Moments Project (review)

ANNABEL WILSON attended the first stop of The Blue Moments ‘Blue Spaces’ three-town tour of  Otago and shares five reasons to catch their show. Because of the words. First, there was the words. The Blue Moments Project (now in its third iteration following a 2015 development showing then 2017 Festival of Colour premiere) begins and ends with the fine words of Laura Williamson. […]

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Ten reasONs to get to the TUKI festival 0
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Ten reasONs to get to the TUKI festival

Your best day of summer? New Zealand’s longest-running music festival, Rippon, served up a lot of people’s “best day of the summer” for a very long time. Held at Rippon Vineyard near Wanaka, Rippon was launched in 1998 and over the years became downright (sorry to say it) iconic (because it was). It was famous for the gobsmacker of a […]

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ONstage: Christchurch’s Ubu nights – the best thing about Fridays in the shaky city 0
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ONstage: Christchurch’s Ubu nights – the best thing about Fridays in the shaky city

ANNABEL WILSON drops into the Arts Centre’s refurbished Old Gym for Free Theatre’s Ubu night. Housed in the heart of old Christchurch, the Free Theatre is the vanguard of post-quake cool. The first arts organisation to return to the restored Arts Centre, the company have taken over The Gym where they produce experimental theatre (having just finished their successful season […]

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ON the beat: Rhythm and Alps – A veteran’s guide 2
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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 […]

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ON the beat with Rhythm and Alps returnee Cory ChampiON 2
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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 […]

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Rhythm & Alps leads music festival technology 0
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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 […]

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ONstage: Five reasONS to see ‘Look At Me’. 0
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ONstage: Five reasONS to see ‘Look At Me’.

ANNABEL WILSON caught Juliette Burton’s show ‘Look At Me’ at Bats theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and shares five reasONs why you should too. 1. Because of her honesty. Multi-award winning performer Juliette Burton has been “fat, thin and everything in between”. A journalist at heart, Burton lays bare her history with anorexia, over-eating and bulimia […]

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ON satire with James Nokise – writer of NZ’s premier political comedy 2
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ON satire with James Nokise – writer of NZ’s premier political comedy

This week, the latest installment of New Zealand’s premier political satire Public Service Announcements (PSA) takes flight at Bats theatre. It’s an infamous work that is known to sell out due to its outrageous dialogue, plot-twists and hilarious caricatures.  ANNABEL WILSON catches up with the show’s writer, James Nokise to get the lowdown on this long-standing lambasting of the nation’s […]

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YAMI summit champiONing the future of Kiwi music 0
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YAMI summit champiONing the future of Kiwi music

It’s been a winning week for the staff at YAMI Sounz Summit, with all Junior and Youth places sold out, and a grant received from Otago Community Trust. Otago Community Trust has donated $4740.00 to assist with funding the workshops and evening public performances. “We’re beyond stoked”, says Assistant Director Martine Harding. “This can really help lift the event, along […]

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ONstage: Something interesting happens every 10 seconds with the Red Bastard 1
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ONstage: Something interesting happens every 10 seconds with the Red Bastard

Red Bastard is a dangerous seductive comedy monster. America’s number one bouffon spreads through the audience like a big red virus, challenging everyone to play along. Red Bastard is halfway through his kick-ass series of shows in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and warns spectators to be prepared for anything to happen when you go to see him. The brainchild of […]

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