Culture

New Zealand offers plenty to lovers of culture, including a vibrant film and theatre scene, and an abundance of galleries and exhibitions, heritage attractions, museums, arts and crafts, treasures (taonga) and performing arts. Explore the country’s unique multicultural fabric, its fascinating history and the rich, essential culture and traditions of the Māori via live theatre and other stage performances, concerts and gigs from local musicians, cultural centres, gallery visits, museum exhibitions, and much more.

 

Christchurch's Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival confirms dates for April

Culture - What's On

Warm up your applauding hands and prepare to be amazed, because Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival is back on Christchurch's event ...

 

Christchurch singer Mousey on new music, girl power and water buffalos

Culture - People - What's On

She’s for all the girl power things, water buffalos are her personal heroes, and her music career’s taking off at speed. What's Hot New Zealand ...

 

Q&A: Clap Clap Riot guitarist Dave Rowlands

Culture - People - What's On

Clap Clap Riot are heading around the country on a tour in February, and guitarist Dave Rowlands tells What's Hot New Zealand that it's going to ...

 

5 minutes with artist Heather Straka

Culture - People - What's On

Heather Straka is tickled by the irony of being isolated in Auckland and unable to attend her own Isolation Hotel exhibition in Christchurch. ...

 

Q&A: Ladyhawke

Culture

She’s got new singles on the airwaves and a new album on the shelves. Ladyhawke is back and she’s talking to What's Hot New Zealand about ...

 

A bit of everything, please: Upcoming shows at Christchurch's The Court Theatre

Culture - See & Do - What's On

The Court Theatre’s 2022 season has got something for theatre lovers, culture vultures, belly-laughers and audiences of all descriptions. With ...

 

Q&A: Barbara George, Court Theatre Chief Executive

Culture - People

Barbara George is captain at the helm of The Court Theatre in Christchurch, steering this great theatrical ship through three years’ worth of ...

 

The Court Theatre: Creating theatre in the heart of Christchurch

Destinations - South Island - Culture - See & Do

A 21st Century home for New Zealand’s largest producing theatre company. The Court Theatre is officially moving back to Chistchurch's central ...

 

RNZB's A Midsummer Night's Dream is coming to a living room near you

Culture - What's On - Word on the street

The Royal New Zealand Ballet production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was unfortunately cancelled in all locations but Wellington due to ...

 

Royal New Zealand Ballet's Venus Rising returns for 2022

Culture - What's On - Word on the street

The Royal New Zealand Ballet's 2022 season will open with Venus Rising - a spectacular programme of three female-choreographed ballets that was ...

 

Hollie Smith on her new album, heading out on tour, and awesome collaborations

Culture - People - What's On

She’s putting out her first new album in five years, Coming Out of the Dark, and heading around New Zealand on a tour to celebrate. ...

 

Christchurch is about to get an architecturally designed new art home, Ravenscar House Museum

Destinations - South Island - Culture - Word on the street

Ravenscar House Museum, Christchurch's stylish new home for a wonderful collection that celebrates New Zealand art and artists, opens to the ...

 

Royal New Zealand Ballet brings a sweeping 2022 season to the stage

Culture - What's On

The Royal New Zealand Ballet 2022 season comprises two glorious 'story ballets’ and two dazzling programmes of shorter works. Ballets and ...

 

Q&A: Dillastrate's Tim Driver

Culture - People

Ōtautahi ‘neosoul pop’ duo Dillastrate have been taking over stages around the country. What's Hot New Zealand talks touring, new tracks and tea ...

 

RNZB’s The Firebird is now streaming to your living room

Culture - What's On - Word on the street

If you missed out on seeing The Firebird with Paquita in person, there’s a way to catch the action from the comfort of your own home. It’s no ...

 

Q&A: China Gonzalez

Culture - People - What's On

What's Hot New Zealand took a moment to chat with Mexican-Kiwi comedian China Gonzalez about her upcoming show, Better Than Tacos. Your show ...

 

New Zealand Fashion Week 2021: Bonus Miromoda show added to the lineup

Culture - Shopping - Word on the street

New Zealand Fashion Week is gearing up for an unforgettable event in August, and there will now be two appearances of the popular Miromoda ...

 

Top ten most bingeworthy TV series in July 2021

Culture - What's On - Word on the street

Looking for a new show to hook you in and have you cancelling your plans? Look no further – we’ve rounded up our picks of the top ten bingeable ...

 

Twelfth Night: Q&A with actor Will Alexander

Culture - People

Will Alexander plays Duke Orsino in Top Dog Theatre's production of Twelfth Night. He chats to What's Hot New Zealand about the Bard, big ...

 

From the ashes: RNZB's The Firebird with Paquita

Culture - What's On

Like a mighty phoenix rising into the sky, RNZB’s next ballet will erupt in glory on stage in the latter half of 2021. Royal New Zealand Ballet ...

 

Q&A: Kiwi soul musician Louis Baker on his new album

Culture - People - What's On

With his new EP out and doing the rounds, soul crooner Louis Baker took a moment to chat with What's Hot New Zealand about BBQ, crowd ...

 

Grit in your pointes - Choreographer Loughlan Prior on RNZB's The Firebird with Paquita

Culture - What's On

What's Hot New Zealand talks dystopian future, dramatic backdrops and modern ballet with The Firebird choreographer Loughlan Prior. “This ...

 

Figaro's feminists: Q&A with scenographer Tracy Grant Lord

Culture - People - What's On

The Marriage of Figaro's scenographer, Tracy Grant Lord, tells What's Hot New Zealand a bit about the aesthetic of this production, and how the ...

 

Figaro's feminists: Q&A with director Lindy Hume

Culture - People - What's On

What's Hot New Zealand caught up with director Lindy Hume to talk about and love, the revolution, and the NZ Opera season of The Marriage of ...

 

Figaro's feminists: Q&A with assistant director Eleanor Bishop

Culture - People - What's On

Eleanor Bishop is the assistant director of the New Zealand Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro. It's a radical tale with strong feminist ...

 

Figaro's feminists: Q&A with conductor Zoe Zeniodi

Culture - People - What's On

Conducting the New Zealand Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro is Zoe Zeniodi, 'ingenious Greek maestro' and lifelong lover of La ...

 

Journey through Italy with the Cinema Italiano Festival

Culture - What's On

What's Hot New Zealand and the Cinema Italiano Festival take you on a journey through Italy in film. We begin our trip on the far northwest, at ...

 

Drax Project and Mitch James to tour New Zealand

Culture - What's On

All our pop dreams are coming true this winter as the sonic sounds of Drax Project head our way, along with Mitch James and special guest ...

 

Kiwi pop star Benee announces tour of New Zealand's smaller towns

Culture - What's On - Word on the street

Benee fans rejoice - the pop sensation will be embarking on a regional tour of Aotearoa this August, covering the smaller cities that usually ...

 

Christchurch's shiny new convention centre is getting a shiny new piece of public art

Culture - Word on the street

The stunning white ngutu (ceremonial entranceway), will welcome visitors to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, and be the location of formal ...

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