New Zealand Festival

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Country and Region New ZealandWellington
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

New Zealand Festival
P. O. Box 10 113
New Zealand
Phone: (64) 4-473-0149
Fax: (64) 4-471-1164

Festival Description

The New Zealand Festival, formerly known as New Zealand International Arts Festival, takes place each February/March. Presenting a strong international program, the festival continues its very important role of commissioning New Zealand works that are of international standard — a whirlwind of outstanding theatre, dance, and music.

Festival Dates February 21 - March 16, 2014
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Festival Story:

Everywhere you go at the festival you can see the festival logo. The logo fits the scope of this international arts festival perfectly. The kiwi, with tail feathers of nikau palm fronds, lets you know that the festival is playful and represents artists from around the world as well as native New Zealand culture. This festival includes opera, theatre and dance performances, as well as literary and visual arts events. There are also free events, family events, and opportunities for school tours.


Festival Events:

Highlights 2014:
  • Theatre
    • From master theatre-maker Robert Lepage’s Needles and Opium to a Russian A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, plus award-winning Israeli dance, a modern twist on a Homeric classic from New York and quirky British cabaret stars – you’ll find everything you need for your Festival fix.
  • Music
    • From our $50 gig line-up at the James Cabaret (Charles Bradley, Neko Case) and shows from indie darlings Yo La Tengo – to a dramatic opera Ainadamar, a world-class Bach ensemble and event $25 lunchtime concerts from the NZSO – music is at the heart of Festival and there is plenty to delight, surprise and entertain.
  • Literary
    • Kei Miller — A Jamaican writer now based in Glasgow, Kei Miller has published three poetry collections, two novels and a new book of “essays and prophecies”, Writing Down the Vision. Miller will join novelist Tina Makereti.
    • Storytelling — Where the Wild Things Are fans will enjoy this special opportunity to learn Maurice Sendak’s classic tale in te reo Māori. This will be a fun and engaging session, led by storyteller and teacher Te Kahureremoa Taumata.
    • Tony Birch — Of Aboriginal, West Indian and Irish descent, author Tony Birch lives by the credo “you’ll be great, but only if you work your arse off”. He’ll be working hard during Writers Week, discussing his latest book with poet Robert Sullivan in the session Nothing is Written in Stone, and joining fellow indigenous authors for the launch of a special edition of Māori literary journal Ora Nui.
    • Jordi Puntí — As well as translating into Catalan books by Edward Gorey and novels by the likes of Paul Auster, Jordi Puntí writes about culture and football for the press. Hear this promising new voice of Catalan literature in conversation with poet Michael Harlow about Punti’s latest novel, Lost Luggage – winner of the National Critics’ Award, the Catalan Booksellers’ Prize and the Lletra d’Or.
    • Monica Dux — Join intrepid Australian writer and social commentator Monica Dux for a refreshingly frank conversation about being female. Her latest book, Things I Didn’t Expect (When I Was Expecting), Dux unpacks modern myths of motherhood and “runs at our assumptions with conviction and glee”.
    • Liam McIlvanney — The murky interface of crime and politics provides the backdrop for Dunedin-based Scottish writer Liam McIlvanney’s thrillers, which include All The Colours of the Town and Where the Dead Men Go, in which “each of the multifarious players…is memorable, no mean feat in such a kaleidoscopic and closely-wrought tale” (Herald Scotland).
    • Elizabeth Knox — Hear one of the country’s most successful contemporary authors describe the stories behind her stories in a conversation with Steven Gale. Best known for the internationally acclaimed novel The Vintner’s Luck, Elizabeth Knox released two books in 2013 – the young adult novel Mortal Fire and Wake, a story about extreme events, ordinary people, heroic compassion and invisible monsters.
    • Writers Week Workshops — Gain new skills and techniques for your own projects in these practical sessions led by experts. Groups are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.
      Reading for Readers, March 8, at Museum Art Hotel
      Live Drawing with Leo Timmers, March 10, at Museum Art Hotel
      Icons, Symbols and Illustration, March 12, at Museum Art Hotel
Cabaret Lineup 2014:
  • Neko Case
  • Charles Bradley
  • Candice McQueen
  • The Suitcase Royale
  • Paul Brady
  • Brel: The Words and Music of Jacques Brel


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Bullet Catch
    • LaCurva
    • Madeleine Peyroux
    • My Stories Your Emails
    • Needles and Opium
    • Neko Case
    • Pasefika
    • Rian
    • Tom Crean
    • Unmythable
    • Yo La Tango
    • Festival Logo


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