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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

 

Don't miss NZ Opera's Semele in an exclusive big screen showing

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New Zealand Opera has gone full multimedia with this cinematic treat! It's Semele on the big screen, it's showing just three special fundraising ...

 

Open Christchurch - one weekend of architecture

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Open Christchurch is a revolutionary architecture festival, geared around giving people access to the buildings of Ōtautahi. What's Hot New ...

 

Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist)

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Ralph Hotere was a prolific figure in New Zealand art through the late 20th Century, charting his journeys around Aotearoa and the world and ...

 

Christchurch Art Show

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At Christchurch’s largest art show you can view and buy original artworks from established and emergent New Zealand artists. Thousands of high ...

 

Q&A: Estère

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In a spare moment on her new album tour, Estère took a moment to talk psychology and inspiration with What's Hot New Zealand. Your new album ...

 

Bravo Amici

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The world’s first opera band, Amici Forever, was founded by New Zealand tenor Geoff Sewell, and he now brings his group of international West ...

 

The Veils Nux Vomica tour

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Hailing from Auckland's Devonport, these indie rockers released their second album, Nux Vomica, in 2006, marking a darker, heavier and more ...

 

The Pink Floyd Experience

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Delivering a world class show for 22 years, The Pink Floyd Experience has become a household name in New Zealand and Australia, a breathtaking ...

 

Giselle

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The quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle first toured New Zealand to sell-out audiences in 2012, and has captivated audiences and critics the ...

 

Q&A: Lorna Coll - Volts

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What's Hot New Zealand talks new music and festivals with Lorna Coll, vocalist for Christchurch band Volts. You released your first single ...

 

Alien Weaponry and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra mega-gig coming to Hamilton and Christchurch

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Aotearoa stars Alien Weaponry, hailed as one of the most exciting young metal bands in the world, are getting together with NZSO for two special ...

 

Snowboxx Festival comes to Wanaka this September in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps

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The epic annual Snowboxx event held in Avoriaz, France and now R&A organiser Alex Turnbull is bringing it to Aotearoa. Shapeshifter, ...

 

New Roger Hall comedy Winding Up coming to Christchurch

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Kiwi theatre is returning to the stage this February with a new comedy from beloved New Zealand playwright Sir Roger Hall. Kicking off at ...

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