Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall

Bold as brass

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Picture this. It’s 2017 and 40,000 hyped-up rugby fans are waiting for the All Blacks to run on to Auckland’s Eden Park and perform the haka. The warm-up act? A chamber music group. ACE Brass — which sounds nothing like a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Introducing preschooolers and kids up to seven to orchestral music is the aim of three fun, interactive shows in Arrowtown today. ‘Rozzie and the Orchestra’, postponed a year ago due to the Covid lockdown, features Dunedin children’s music...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Young Whakatipu musos continue to punch above their weight. Arrowtown rock band Train Surfers - one of six school bands performing this Saturday afternoon during three-day music festival Arrow Sounds - has been given the opportunity to record...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...

Labour Party’s art cash-grab

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two portraits of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among artworks up for auction at a Southland Labour Party fundraiser at Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on Friday. Organiser Amanda Robinson, who confirms the PM’s been invited, says the ‘Paint The...
By MATTHEW MCKEW You wait for one and three come along at once. No, not a bus, but a music tour in its third year celebrating and exploring New Zealand’s on-and-off love affair with public transport. Anthonie Tonnon’s bringing Rail Land to Arrowtown,...

Arrowtown’s operatic coup

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Berlin's loss is Arrowtown’s gain. Right now Simon O’Neill — known as the ‘‘best Wagnerian tenor of his generation’’ — should be in Germany getting ready to perform the lead role in Tristan and Isolde at the Berlin...

Whirlwind down memory lane

By PHILIP CHANDLER TEN years of original Wakatipu rock and roll musicals are being celebrated in a ‘best of’ show in Arrowtown next month. Resort impresario Margaret O’Hanlon’s Whirlwind Productions NZ has produced eight of these shows, premiering with a tribute to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Having mental health as the theme for a play has emboldened Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre to continue staging it despite the uncertainties of Covid-19 restrictions. The play, Cosi — being performed at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall from September 10...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's arts community has received a timely funding boost. Central Lakes Trust has granted an extra $60,000 for 30 projects over the next 12 months. The money's been received by Creative Queenstown (CQ), which is calling for applications. CQ chair Margaret...
By PHILIP CHANDLER One of Arrowtown's great characters, and a co-founder of the Arrow Miners Band, died last month, aged 85. Barry Bain, who moved to Wanaka with his wife, Ann, five years ago, was instantly recognisable at the back of...

From the outback to Arrowtown

Highly-regarded Australian artist Jo Bertini is giving a free talk and slide show in Arrowtown on Tuesday about her time living with tribal Indians in India. Organised by local artist Jane Burdon, the talk will focus on the paintings and...
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