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Hamilton Garden Arts Festival gets two new directors11 September, 2017

Veteran arts event organisers Sally Barnett and Bronwyn Bent have been announced as the co-directors for the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Both originally from Hamilton, Barnett and Bent bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the event.

Their arts resume is lengthy and includes stints at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, the Auckland Fringe Festival and Auckland Live in various roles as producers, directors and audience strategists.


The Melbourne Ska Orchestra headlined the

handmade, dance stories from here and now7 September, 2017

Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust presents a collection of contemporary dance works integrating video, music and poetry on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of September at 7.30pm at The Meteor Theatre.

Crafted in Waikato for our communities, these dance works weave live performance and projected images into the theatre space, including two new video dance works screened for the first time in Hamilton. handmade is suitable for dance fans of all ages.

Choreographer and filmmaker Marie Hermo Jensen present Anew, filmed in the Italian Renaissance Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, and Karen Barbour presents Slow Drift filmed in Snow… Read more

It’s a wrap! Kiwis leave their mark on Edinburgh once again7 September, 2017

From the powerfully provocative to the light-hearted, New Zealand shows and artists were a formidable presence at the Edinburgh festivals last month, receiving strong reviews and winning the hearts of festival goers.

Supported by Creative New Zealand, NZ at Edinburgh 2017 saw the return of a coordinated season of New Zealand artists across the various Edinburgh festivals. Coinciding with the festivals’ 70th anniversary the season offered a bold and innovative selection of theatre, music, comedy, literature and visual arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh Art Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Europe Correspondent… Read more

New theatre would put Hamilton and Waikato back on the touring circuit7 September, 2017

We're $15m closer to having one of the best theatres in the country.

A proposed Waikato Regional Theatre could put Hamilton back on the touring circuit and be the envy of other cities, according to heavyweights in the performing arts area.

Now philanthropic organisation Trust Waikato has also thrown its weight behind the project with a $15m grant.


'I'll be jealous. I'll want one in Wellington now,' Royal NZ Ballet technical

Make Your Mark Exhibition7 September, 2017

Make Your Mark, Draw-Paint-Make was tailored from existing art programs delivered by prison art tutor Ann Byford who saw a need for art programs to be accessible to offenders serving a community-based sentence.  Often offenders are isolated and vulnerable and access to engage in arts can be limited. 

Ann saw an opportunity for this group to engage in art programs and build positive community partnerships. A project like this had not been approached in Hamilton and there was a real need for this type of investment in the community. One objective was to enable participants who during the project gained confidence… Read more

Waiclay - National Ceramics Awards7 September, 2017

Waiclay was established in 2001 at a national convention in the Waikato which included a national ceramic exhibition at Waikato Museum. Waiclay has continued this special relationship with Waikato Museum by holding a national exhibition at the Museum every two years.

The Waiclay team and Waikato Museum works together as a partnership to develop a ceramic exhibition that is now considered to be one of the best in New Zealand.

Key dates

22 September - Closing date for entries

22 October - Artists notified

30 October - 1 November - Works to be received at Waikato Museum

17 November - Exhibition… Read more