Interviews

Circenses is an Arts Festival hit

17th March, Saturday

They faced weather bombs and sprinklers, but the cast of Circus Ronaldo have persevered with their sell out show Circenses, with the two-sided circus spectacular becoming the hit of the the Arts Festival. Read on

Setting the scene for the festival

14th March, Wednesday

When Martin Streeter was convinced to make a trip to New Zealand for the 1996 International Arts Festival, he had no idea it would become a permanent fixture in his calendar. Read on

Playing Peaceful

14th March, Wednesday

He's played the same solo role in the same play for two years, but British actor Alex Campbell isn’t bored. Read on

Private Peaceful: Story of a boy soldier

13th March, Tuesday

As time marches closer to his execution, Private Tommo Peaceful looks back on his short life, reminiscing about his carefree childhood days and recounting how he ended up in the trenches of World War I. Read on

Lovely accordian takes centre stage

13th March, Tuesday

It doesn't have the rock 'n' roll aura of the electric guitar or the classical prestige of a grand piano. But for the second time in the International Arts Festival the versatile instrument takes centre stage. Read on

Leo puts gravity to the test

13th March, Tuesday

New York, Tehran, Wellington it's been a meteoric path to success for Tobias Wegner since his show, Leo, stormed last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Read on

First Aid Kit set for NZ show

8th March, Thursday

For Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, tonight's sold-out performance in the New Zealand International Arts Festival will be a chance for both fans and first-time listeners to come under the spell of their heavenly harmonies. Read on

Kiwi story covers half century

6th March, Tuesday

An opera that tells the story of Hohepa Te Umuroa and his friendship with Hutt Valley early settlers Thomas "Quaker" Mason and his wife Jane has its world premiere next week. Read on

Festival View: Scott Graham

3rd March, Saturday

Renee Liang talks to Scott Graham, co-director of UK-based theatre collective Frantic Assembly, about the new work they are bringing to the NZ International Arts Festival, Beautiful Burnout. Read on

Tu's director keeps coming back

1st March, Thursday

The only person who has had more shows in the New Zealand International Arts Festival is "a guy called William Shakespeare", laughs Tu writer and director Hone Kouka. Read on

Barons of Tang

29th February, Wednesday

“It was the winter of 2007. What had started as a joke between a handful of down-and-out Melbourne musos quickly spiralled out of control into this musical juggernaut!” Quips band leader Julian Cue. Read on

Hell's Bells Resurrecting a rock opus

29th February, Wednesday

Once a cult classic that kick-started Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Records, Mike Oldfield's post-hippy cult opus Tubular Bells can now be found, dusty and a little scratched, in most secondhand shops. Read on

Never out of season

28th February, Tuesday

Italy's legendary chamber music ensemble I Musici, who play Wellington tonight in their first tour of New Zealand, owe a debt of gratitude to one of their countrymen. Read on

Story of one man's struggle to reconnect

28th February, Tuesday

Holding the full attention of a live audience is an onerous task at the best of times, but when it is just you on the stage for more than two hours, you must pull off something truly special. Read on

Ronaldo Circus sets up

28th February, Tuesday

Perhaps it was the aquavit or the long Norwegian nights, but when Wellington thespian Jo Randerson saw the Ronaldo Circus drive off eight years ago she broke down in tears. Read on

An Emerald City

27th February, Monday

Returning from three years in Berlin, Kiwi-bred six-piece An Emerald City are beginning their final New Zealand tour, playing a one-off show in Wellington on the 1st of March as part of the New Zealand Arts Festival. Read on

Mashup of mayhem from Melbourne

25th February, Saturday

They can be found sleeping in alleyways and on park benches, they are regular dumpster divers and spend most of the year glued to each others' sides as they tour festival dates around the world: welcome to the lives of Australian gypsy-punk band The Read on

The passionate neophyte

24th February, Friday

She walks from the elevator and stands in the foyer of Amora Hotel in Wellington looking a little afraid, a little lost. Read on

Festival View: Jane Waddell

24th February, Friday

NZ playwright Gary Henderson’s classic play Peninsula is having a revival at this year’s NZ International Arts Festival. Read on

Blood, sweat and tears

23rd February, Thursday

In 2008 The National Theatre of Scotland brought its international hit Black Watch to the Perth International Arts Festival. Read on

Gig Preview: First Aid Kit at Scala

21st February, Tuesday

You’re not very likely to witness any sibling rivalry when Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, a.k.a First Aid Kit, bring their world tour to London on Thursday night. Read on

'TeZukA animates the stage

17th February, Friday

Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is nutty about anime and manga. Speaking to him at a cafe in his native Antwerp, Cherkaoui drops all the right names into his conversation and gets as giddy as an otaku (obsessive) discussing Japanese pop culture. Read on

Touarag Musicians Tinariwen take home Grammy

13th February, Monday

Up against three other nominees, the Touareg group Tinariwen receives a Best World Music Album Grammy for its Tassili Desert Sessions at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles February 12. Read on