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New funding for the arts announced

John Daly-Peoples Auckland Buskers Festival Today the Ministry of Culture and Heritage today announced additional funding to the cultural sector. The two new initiatives have been approved by Cabinet to help ensure the cultural sector has the certainty and support to thrive, announced Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage today. $10 million of COVID-19…

Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture – a gem of a guide

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture: A Walking Guide  By John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds Massey University Press RRP $30 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Its not often that books on architecture are best sellers but architectural writer John Walsh and photographer Patrick Reynolds have just brought out the second edition of Ōtautahi Christchurch Architecture:…

Two Shoreside Shakespeare productions to enjoy this summer

Auckland Shakespeare in the Park 2023 Reviewed by Malcolm Calder Sir John Falstaff (Jordan Henare) in Merry Wives of Windsor Photo: Matthew Diesch Outdoor performances can be traced back to a Greek tradition. However they acquired a religious significance over time, and were often a featured part of church services, particularly at Easter, and aimed…

Auckland Arts Festival International Theatre

John Daly-Peoples Auckland Arts Festival Theatre Among the dozen theatrical works being presented at this year’s Auckland Arts Festival will be a few international pieces including works from Japan, Australia, and South Korea. Sydney Theatre Company’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” comes to the festival after sold-out Australian seasons. Kip Williams reimagines the Oscar  Wilde…

Renaissance: The Age of Genius – A spectacular view of the art of the past

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Renaissance: The Age of Genius Hunua Room, Aotea Centre, Auckland From January 4 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples   Last year one of the great visual art treats was the impressive multimedia show  Michelangelo – A Different View which provided viewers with an extraordinary view of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. This week a…

The End of the Golden Weather; Christmas Fun in the Sun

Reviewed by Cecilia Martini The End of the Golden Weather (Part 3 – Christmas at Te Parenga) By Bruce Mason A NZTM Production Takapuna Beach, Takapuna 25 December 2022  Reviewed by Cecilia Martini What an enjoyable Christmas morning celebration. Returning after a Covid enforced cancellation last year, this Takapuna annual hit the ground running for…

Secrets of Stonehenge revealed at Auckland Museum

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Secrets of Stonehenge  Auckland War Memorial Museum Until April 21 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples On June  21st this year over 6000 people gathered at Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain to witness the Summer Solstice. People from around the world came to gaze, party and marvel as the sun rose behind the Heel…

Auckland Choral’s magnificent Messiah

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Auckland Choral Image Iain Bremner Handel’s Messiah Auckland Choral with Piper Sinfonia Auckland Town Hall, December 18 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Last Sunday Auckland Choral returned after a year’s hiatus to present their annual Messiah, one of the great musical treats of the year and two hundred and eighty years after…

Stunning Alexander McQueen exhibition opens in Melbourne

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Alexander McQueen: Myth, Mythos, Muse   National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne December 11 – April 14. Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples This year’s summer blockbuster at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is “Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse”  showcasing the work of the extraordinarily talented Alexander McQueen who died by suicide at the…

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