Culture

Auckland Writers Festival 2022: highlights from this year’s packed programme

The Auckland Writers Festival returns to Tāmaki Makaurau for one week only this August.

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MiNDFOOD reviews: ‘Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes’

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes is the perfect play to see before dinner or drinks, to be dissected and discussed afterwards.

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2022 Doc Edge Festival: 7 compelling films about the power of human perseverance

Now in its 17th year, this extraordinary Kiwi film festival returns this month to connect, celebrate and captivate, showcasing cutting-edge global cinema and screening the world’s best films.

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Carry Me: Upper Hutt exhibition explores the history of the handbag

‘Carry Me: 100 Years of Handbags’ takes a look at some of the most famous handbags of all time, and examines the history of the accessory.

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5 fascinating films about art and identity at the 2022 Doc Edge Festival

Now in its 17th year, this International Documentary Film Festival includes a host of screenings in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, as well as a full online programme. Showcasing diverse stories, gripping journeys and off-beat tales of people and the planet, the festival comprises 113 films shown over 40 days at seven venues.

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Australia’s top artists take the stage in outdoor live music event

The inaugural ‘Night at the Barracks’ concert series presents the crème de la crème of Australian music performing at an iconic Sydney location.

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MiNDFOOD reviews: ‘An American in Paris’ is a perfect sparkler of a show

A marriage of toe-tapping show tunes and balletic choreography produces a magical spectacle on-stage at Sydney’s Theatre Royal.

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Auckland Theatre Company to present epic family drama ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’

Auckland Theatre company is offering lovers of the classics a chance to see a theatrical masterpiece with its July production, […]

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Vangelis, composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ score, dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer whose rousing electronic theme music for the Oscar-winning 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” became one of […]

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Julia Roberts named godmother of the Trophée Chopard 2022

Global movie icon Julia Roberts will be the godmother of the Trophée Chopard at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The […]

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Royal New Zealand Ballet to present digital season of ‘Ballet Bites’

The Royal New Zealand Ballet will launch its first-ever digital season this month. Through a new RNZB Screen programme, the […]

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New Zealand’s Venice Biennale pavilion opens with Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp

New Zealand’s pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has officially opened with Yuki Kihara’s […]

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MiNDFOOD reviews: ‘Wayside Bride’ is an edifying experience at the theatre

Playwright Alana Valentine has researched and interviewed many brides and grooms to form the foundation of her new play, ‘Wayside Bride’ at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre.

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‘Cabaret’, ‘Life of Pi’ triumph at London’s Olivier Awards for theatre

A critically-acclaimed revival of musical “Cabaret” and a stage adaptation of hit novel “Life of Pi” were the big winners […]

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Hundreds of art books available for download from the Getty Museum

Hundreds of art books, many of which are now out of print, have become available to download from the Getty Museum’s Virtual Library.

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150 years of Mondrian: The Hague pays tribute to pioneer of abstract

Squares, lines, colours: This abstract linear approach to art helped the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) gain fame around the […]

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Auckland Theatre Company announces new Youth Company

Auckland Theatre Company has announced the creation of a new Youth Company to nurture and grow Aotearoa’s next generation of theatre makers. This free, year-long training and performance […]

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Top ballet performers ‘Dance for Ukraine’ in charity event

Away from the fighting in Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian ballet dancers rubbed shoulders in London on Saturday in a charity […]

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Top auction houses cancel Russian art sales in London

Auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London in June, part of the art […]

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Melbourne-based artist Atong Atem wins inaugural La Prairie Art Award

A South Sudanese photographer based in Melbourne is the first recipient of the prestigious art award which aims to champion women artists in Australia.

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‘Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto’ takes a deeper look at the iconic designer’s legacy

Much is known about Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, yet a large-scale retrospective of the designer’s work, now making its international debut […]

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A world-first Picasso exhibition is opening at Melbourne’s NGV this June

Making its world premiere at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria, ‘The Picasso Century’ exhibition charts the extraordinary life of the pioneering cubist artist.

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MiNDFOOD reviews: ‘9 to 5 The Musical’

In 1980, the film 9 to 5 was the second most popular film of the year, beaten out only by The Empire Strikes Back. In 2022, 9 to 5 the Musical is proving just as popular with audiences keen for a dose of fun and laughter, amidst a global pandemic and unrest in Europe, writes Gill Canning. 

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Auckland Theatre Company’s ‘Grand Horizons’ returns for encore season

Pronounced a hit by reviewers and audiences able to attend the restricted premiere season, Grand Horizons will return to ASB Waterfront Theatre on 17 May for a two-week Encore Season at full capacity.

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