Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the Land

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Ngā Tae o te whenua – Colours of the land is a dance film made in collaboration with dancers and musicians who are currently pupils at Mount Aspiring …

Kathryn Parsons & Jason Pellegrino: Innovation & disruption

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Technology is constantly changing the world we live and work in. Our panellists discuss their own experiences of innovation and disruption. Kathryn Pa …

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Michael Houstoun – Purely Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical genius who composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. Audiences often grappled to appreciate his id …

Festival Opening: Flaming Arts – bonfires on the lakefront

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Three bonfires will be set alight on the beach for our festival opening as darkness gathers. Come join us around the blazing fires for story-telling, …

Fire & Grace – Edwin Huizinga & William Coulter

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Virtuoso violin meets Celtic guitar Bach meets bluegrass in this beguiling performance by Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga and Grammy Award-winn …

Ensemble Paladino

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Each member of Ensemble Paladino is a soloist in their own right, and the knitting together of their consummate abilities has made Ensemble Paladino a …

Dr Karen Hitchcock: don’t ever grow old

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Old people are often seen as a burden – threatening the future of younger generations by sucking up health resources, straining families and spending …

Street Theatre: Country Life starring Fraser Hooper

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Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a large rubber duck and you have the perfect …

The Song Dispensary

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Your trusted partner for your medical-musical needs! The pop-up Song Dispensary will open its Wanaka doors on Tuesday 4 April in the Armstrong Room at …

Every Brilliant Thing

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The worldwide smash hit. You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a …

Dangerous Song

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An intriguingly beautiful and moving musical performance that combines the human voice with the sounds of endangered and extinct animals. Planet Earth …

Heart Goes Boom/Head Goes Bang

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Written and performed by Jamie Bowen. Sometimes life comes apart. When it does, laughter is your greatest weapon. This is a hilarious and heartfelt st …

How to Keep an Alien

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A story about falling in love and proving it to the government. Edinburgh Festival Fringe winner Sonya Kelly relates a tearfully funny, tender memoir …

Hudson & Halls Live!

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By Kip Chapman with Todd Emerson and Sophie Roberts A Silo Theatre Production And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has …

No Science to Goodbye

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Please note we have tickets for the Glenorchy Hall only; we have sold out of the two Wanaka performances. The mountain landscape of the Southern Lakes …

Pass the Gat

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This is way more than your average guitar party. Three of New Zealand’s top singer-songwriters bring together their rich blend of melodies and musicia …

Lady Rizo

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“Cabaret Superstar” (NY Magazine) Lady Rizo was born to theatrical gypsies on the cold northern beaches of the Pacific Northwest but soon made her way …

Princessin Hans

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Princessin Hans is a band from Berlin with core members Jörg Hochapfel and Hans Kellett. New Zealand-born Hans has been active in the Berlin queer and …

Paddy Free – The Language of the Land

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Paddy Free is one of the godfathers of electronica in this country and is best known as one-half of the duo Pitch Black. They’ve toured the world – fr …

Michael Houstoun – Bach’s Preludes and Fugues

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The Bach Preludes and Fugues are a collection of sublime musical utterances and also the best keyboard training system ever conceived. Michael Houstou …

Scarlett Hagen and Laura Williamson: On your bike

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Scarlett Hagen claimed her first national title at 12, won the Junior World Champs at 17, became Elite Oceania Champion at 20, and retired from racing …

Max Harris and Shen Narayanasamy: How can we change the world?

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Brexit and Donald Trump have changed the sense of an open, globalised world with countries working together to solve problems from poverty to climate …

Jim Bolger & Vincent O’Malley: The Great War for New Zealand

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A former Prime Minister and a working historian discuss not Gallipoli but the Waikato War, a war which in so many ways has done more to shape this cou …

Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes

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This is an exhilarating live performance.  Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes are a ten piece ensemble who deliver a superb repertoire of rhythm and sou …

Portraits in Motion

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Winner of the Total Theatre Award for innovation at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Intrepid traveller and passionate creator of photographic flip …

Tami Neilson

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Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band and opening for the …

Sadness Songs

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The saddest songs in the universe. Homegrown singer-songwriters Julia Deans and Sean James Donnelly invite you to come and wallow in a selection of so …

The Nukes

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The innocent little ukulele is the instrument of choice and audiences will be staggered by what The Nukes are able achieve with it. They are high ente …

Sing it to my Face

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Barbarian Productions Ltd Come and enjoy a sing-off between generations, a community singing about our experiences. Four local choirs of very differen …

KIRI

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KIRI is a performance combining dance, sculpture and video by choreographer/video artist Louise Potiki Bryant and clay artist Paerau Corneal, with a h …

Siouxsie Wiles: The end of antibiotics – the end of modern medicine

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We know that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness – more and more bacteria are becoming resistant. This is partly a result of evolution at work …

Celebration of the Arts: Fundraiser Cocktail Party

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Time to dust off the glad rags and get in the party mood one week before the Festival of Colour starts. Dress to impress (come in black and white, or …

The Blue Moments Project

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”Living abroad, he said, there’s only one way to do it / evict memory / don’t take mementos / even the ones small enough to pack / have weight” The Bl …

Tim Naish & Joe Michael: Antarctica – beautiful but melting

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New visitors to the frozen continent are always blown away by its sheer beauty. Photographer Joe Michael captured something of this when he led an exp …

Roto

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Come and see this gorgeous new video work on the large outdoor screen on the deck of the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace next to the Wanaka Hotel. …

Tell Me My Name

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You’ll find riddles in the Bible and riddles in The Hobbit and riddles in every place on earth – they remind us just how mysterious the world can be. …