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May 21, 2022

Biographical Plays? Can anyone recommend a ‘biographical play text’ – a play written about someone’s life in New Zealand?

Biographical Plays? Can anyone recommend a 'biographical play text' - a play written about someone's life in New Zealand?

May 17, 2022

The Performance Arcade 2023 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Performance Arcade announces its open call to artists from Aotearoa and around the world for its 2023 programme of works (open 16th - 26th February 2023). The Performance Arcade is an annual exhibition and festival programme of events located on Wellington Waterfront, with eleven years of successful presentations from 2011-2022.

April 2, 2022

Obituary: RUSSELL KERR, DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND MENTOR TO MANY Russell Ian Kerr, QSM, ONZM: dancer, choreographer; b February 10, 1930; d March 28, 2022 Russell Kerr, luminary of ballet as…

Obituary: RUSSELL KERR, DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER AND MENTOR TO MANY Russell Ian Kerr, QSM, ONZM: dancer, choreographer; b February 10, 1930; d March 28, 2022 Russell Kerr, luminary of ballet as dancer, teacher, choreographer and producer, influenced generations of New Zealanders. Kerr’s hallmark talent was to absorb music and place character, narrative, human interest, emotion, poetry and comedy into the heart of ballet in the theatre.

March 27, 2022

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD WINNERS 2022 VIBRANT, COMPELLING and DELICIOUSLY FUNNY PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2022 is Maraea Rakuraku (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu…

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD WINNERS 2022 VIBRANT, COMPELLING and DELICIOUSLY FUNNY PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winner for 2022 is Maraea Rakuraku (Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) for the play 0204161007. Maraea also won the awards for Best Play by a Woman Playwright and Best Play by a Māori Writer.

March 18, 2022

ONLINE PLAYWRITING INTENSIVEThis course is fully funded by Centrepoint Theatre 8 Week Course CALL FOR SUBMISSIONSCreate a new work and see it come to life on Centrepoint’s stage, in this…

ONLINE PLAYWRITING INTENSIVE This course is fully funded by Centrepoint Theatre 8 Week Course CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Create a new work and see it come to life on Centrepoint’s stage, in this year’s Sunday Script Sessions!

March 15, 2022

2022 NEW ZEALAND FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARDS

Fringe Festival announces Award Winners and celebrates the end of its 2022 Festival programme under ‘Red Light’ setting Pōneke, NZ –– The New Zealand Fringe Festival completed its 2022 programme with an online digital awards ceremony celebrating the outstanding efforts and achievements of the boldest and brightest artists during the festival under ‘Red Light’. Proudly celebrating its unique position as one of the only national arts festivals to deliver a majority of its live programme this Summer, the festival wrapped it’s three week run showcasing 321 live performances across 30 venues as well as 28 digital shows as part of the 2022 programme for audiences to enjoy.

March 1, 2022

Support for Self-Employed Individuals in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector

The Government is providing two schemes that can provide financial support for self-employed people who have been directly affected by a move to ‘Red’ under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

March 1, 2022

PLAYWRIGHTS b4 25 2022

Playwrights b4 25 is back for 2022. For this competition Playmarket is interested in writers under 25 who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays.

March 1, 2022

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD 2022 We are thrilled to celebrate the shortlisted plays and playwrights for the 2022 Adam NZ Play Award.

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD 2022 We are thrilled to celebrate the shortlisted plays and playwrights for the 2022 Adam NZ Play Award.

February 11, 2022

2022 AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS RELAUNCHES A REVISED PROGRAMME

https://www.festival.nz/events/2022-revised-and-reduced-programme/ The 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts has relaunched a revised programme to focus on outdoor whānau-friendly art, visuals arts and digital sessions showcasing spectacular chamber music and extraordinary conversations with local and international writers. This new digital platform allows audiences to experience great art from wherever they are.

February 8, 2022

The dance community of Aotearoa/NZ recently said farewell to dance doyenne Dorothea Ashbridge.

'A consummate artist with undying passion and knowledge of ballet, or as her student Douglas Wright MNZM described her, a ‘mythic character with a formidable reputation’, Dorothea shared her gifts and wisdom with thousands of professionals and students for over fifty years, always with a twinkle in her eye and polish on her nails.'

February 3, 2022

RELAUNCH OF THE 2022 AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS UNDER RED LEVEL AS PROGRAMME REVISED DUE TO COVID-19

On Thursday 10 February the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts will relaunch a reduced and revised programme that can be operated viably and safely under government guidelines at Red. The programme will retain free, whānau-friendly outdoor art and visual arts exhibitions in the Wellington region, and include a series of livestreams and recordings that can be accessed anywhere.

January 30, 2022

BATS UNDER RED OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM

Like the rest of the country Wellington is currently at Red of the Traffic Light System. This means we've made some changes to the way we operate. Shows are currently going ahead! Any tickets purchased so far have probably not been impacted by the shift to RED. Any ticket holders affected by changes or cancellations will always be contacted directly by BATS.

December 14, 2021

DUNEDIN THEATRE AWARDS 2020-21

The Dunedin Theatre Reviewers Collective has gone ahead with a modified awards ceremony to acknowledge the work of local theatre practitioners across the past two years. Last year’s Dunedin Theatre Awards ceremony was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so the collective’s planned small-scale, invitation-only ceremony on December 13 will cover both 2020 and 2021.

December 13, 2021

THE WELLINGTON THEATRE AWARDS – NGĀ WHAKARĀKEI O WHĀTAITAI – 2021

The Wellington Theatre Awards – Ngā Whakarākei O Whātaitai – recognise the actors, designers, technicians, managers, writers, composers and directors that create and produce theatre in Wellington. After another interesting year for the theatre industry, with new lockdowns and changing alert levels across the country, The Wellington Theatre Awards invited people to come together, to connect and to celebrate the amazing mahi and theatre that has been presented in Wellington over the last two years – at St Peters on Willis Street on Sunday 12th December for the Wellington theatre arts industry event of the year! Tickets were ‘pay what you can’, starting at $10, with a complimentary glass of bubbles or non-alcoholic on arrival! Due to COVID restrictions, there wasl not an after party following the 2021 awards. All shows and performances that were performed after November 2019 – November 2020 were judged alongside all eligible 2021 shows and a selection of community awards – nominated by the theatre industry.

December 12, 2021

Open Letter to Raewyn Whyte (National Treasure) From Lyne

Kia ora Raewyn I hope you are enjoying your new life on the shores of the Hokianga. I know it was nearly a year ago but we (dance people who love you) are finally getting our thoughts together to thank you. You left a big gap when you took flight. I took over your role at Theatreview as the Dance Editor and have been endeavouring to follow in your footsteps. This letter comes in part from Theatreview to thank you for fulfilling your Dance Editor role so magnificently from 2008 until 2020.

November 28, 2021

2021 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award ‘SHARP, WITTY and BRILLIANT’ PLAYWRIGHT WINS TOP AWARD

Playmarket is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award is Christchurch-based playwright Nathan Joe. The $10,000 cash prize recognises professional success in the career of the writer and is designed to encourage their continued exploration of the theatre medium. The announcement was made by Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ’s ‘Standing Room Only’ programme on Sunday 28 November 2021.

November 23, 2021

Moving beyond Square One. After all this, what would it mean for the arts and culture sector if it found itself back at square one? Square one means low wages,…

After all this, what would it mean for the arts and culture sector if it found itself back at square one? Square one means low wages, a medium income

November 23, 2021

WHEN WILL ARTS IN AOTEAROA GET THE GREEN LIGHT? By James Wenley

Scene by James ... As Aotearoa’s Delta outbreak stretches on and we attempt to reconcile what a ‘suppression’ approach to Covid means for us in reality, the path forward for the live arts sector in Aotearoa (we’re talking festivals, music, theatre, dance, comedy, literary events and more) still looks very uncertain.

November 19, 2021

STATE OF THE ARTS: an online korero Ngā mihi ki a koe! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first ever online event on Thursday 18 November 2021,…

What a kōrero! If you couldn’t join us on the night (or you just want to do it all over again!) you can watch our panel discussion here. STATE OF THE ARTS, an online kōrero delving deep into how the arts are tracking in Aotearoa, featuring frank takes from the people who live it.

November 19, 2021

INDEPENDENT ARTIST, COVID-19 SURVEY RESPONSE (Aotearoa New Zealand) By Johanna Cosgrove 19 November 2021

The last eighteen months have been hard on everyone, but it has been particularly challenging for artists who make a living from their creative practice in Aotearoa. There has been some great advocacy going on behind the scenes for the arts community but it is being primarily led by organisations. What’s missing from their advocacy is the voice of the independent practitioner.

November 8, 2021

ADAM NZ PLAY AWARDS 2022

Submissions are now open for the 2022 Adam NZ Play Award.
 Awards may be given in the following categories: - Best Play - Best Play by a Māori Playwright - Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright - Best Play by a Woman Playwright - McNaughton South Island Play Award - Dean Parker Adaptation or Non-Fiction Award

November 8, 2021

TAHI New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance seeks Expressions of Interest for 2 commissioned solos as part of the TAHI Tupu Project.

This is an opportunity for theatre-makers and playwrights to create new solo performance in New Zealand. Through this project, two new works will be commissioned: 1. Commissioning of a polylogue: Six female identifying and/or non-binary playwrights will be selected to each write a ten minute monologue on the theme of joy. These will then be collated together to be performed in a final 60 minute piece at TAHI Festival 2022. 2. Commissioning of a 50-60 minute solo by a Deaf and/or disabled artist/artistic team. This will then be performed as a work in development performance at TAHI Festival 2022.

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