In a city not especially renowned for its hard-core jazz following, it is wonderful to see such a finely tuned unit as the Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra consistently hit its straps at every outing. So it was in St. Pauls Cathedral to an audience of 200 or so that musical director and founder Calder Prescott MNZM delivered a programme of big band standards, along with more contemporary works, that at times rattled the stained glass windows.
Otago Festival of the Arts
The Otago Festival of the Arts received a boost yesterday with the announcement of a $150,000 Otago Community Trust donation to help fund next year's festival.
The Otago Festival of the Arts is hoping the world's biggest arts festival will help it get back in the black.
The organisers of nine major events in Dunedin have received a cash injection totalling almost $400,000 from the Dunedin City Council.
An interim manager has been appointed to the Otago Festival of the Arts to sort out the disarray in the organisation's financial affairs.
Billy Bragg Otago Girls' High School Sunday, October 14
Wow. Billy Bragg. But, I defer to reviewer Ian Chapman's more informed opinion. The confetti from the seventh Otago Festival of the Arts is still being swept up this morning.
H'SAO St Paul's Cathedral Saturday, October 13
It's hard to know where to look when talking to Australian puppeteer Asphyxia. The deaf Australian performance artist communicates with hand signs and facial expressions, while her interpreter, Paula Dowse, translates.
Hatched Fortune Theatre Friday, October 12
Spooky Men's Chorale King's and Queen's Friday, October 12
Bale Folclorico Da Bahia (Bahia of all Colours) Regent Theatre Friday, October 12
At first I thought we had happened upon a secret meeting of some ancient order.
Time flies when you are having fun. The past week has flown by like a bird after a bee.
God would not have been happy. Poet Brian Turner gave a spirited and thoroughly entertaining reading at St Paul's Cathedral at lunchtime yesterday.
When you walk into the downstairs galleries at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, a full-sized billiards table greets you. What is it doing in the gallery?, asks Charmian Smith.
The Dunedin Public Art Gallery has never seen anything like it. What was meant to be a traditional kapa haka welcome for international Otago Festival of the Arts guests yesterday turned into a multicultural dance party.
Le Vent du Nord Otago Girls' High School Thursday, October 11
TODAY 1pm: St Paul's at One (Carlos Navae), St Paul's Cathedral. 5.30pm: Play, Standard Insurance building.
The Beatgirls: Swing Time! HMNZS Toroa Hall Thursday, October 11