July has a rare ability to pin down people's faults, frailties, and eccentric compulsions, rather than squirm from them – and then to make us love them anyway.The Independent
Miranda July: Lost Child!
Writers Week 09 Mar
Lost Child! is a New Zealand premiere, and a one-off, just like award-winning film-maker, writer and artist Miranda July - maker of hit film Me and You and Everyone We Know.
As gripping and engrossing as the best medical drama, only with the added piquancy of being entirely trueThe Daily Mail
Henry Marsh: Do No Harm
Writers Week 08 Mar
Neurosurgery “has met its Boswell”, Ian McEwan said of Henry Marsh and his bestselling memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, andBrain Surgery. Enjoy a unique glimpse into his world.
Her work has the scale of grand opera and the dream-quality of Fellini's filmsThe Independent
Café Müller / The Rite of Spring
Dance, Theatre 17 – 20 Mar
Discover why the great Pina Bausch (1940–2009) inspires such devotion when her legendary company comes to New Zealand for the first time.
Winchester does a virtuoso job. ... A giant Aladdin’s rug, which he then gamely invites his readers to climb aboard.The New York Times
Simon Winchester: Pacific Future
Writers Week 10 Mar
With 25 books to his name, British writer Simon Winchester is a maven of popular narrative history, renowned for titles such as The Map that Changed the World.
Beautiful, unexpected and alive!The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK)
For the Birds
Visual Arts 03 – 19 Mar
Gather the whānau
together for an adventure in the bush, at this celebration of light, flight and
birdsong from the makers of 2014 Festival hit Power Plant.
Arquitectura de Feria is a fairground from another time and another spaceLa Tercera
The Contact Festival Playground
visual arts 27 Feb – 19 Mar
To celebrate the Festival’s 30th birthday, we’re building Wellington a fantastical family fairground perfect for anyone young at heart.
Photobook New Zealand
Writers Week 11 – 13 Mar
See a special collection of New Zealand and Australian photobooks from artists and independent publishers. Speakers include Ying Ang, Ron Brownson and leading photobook expert Harvey Benge.
There are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years agoThe Guardian
Music 27 Feb
A rare chance to experience Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in its entirety. Well established as one of the best European early music groups, Concerto Italiano are renowned for their performances of the work.
D'Angelo could well be the most singular, visionary star to emerge from — and then transcend — R&B since PrinceRolling Stone
Music 17 Mar
An R&B star of “uncompromising power and originality” (Consequence of Sound), D’Angelo was one of the leading lights of the 1990s neo-soul movement. Twenty years later, his latest release Black Messiah has just been named in Rolling Stone’s Top 5 album’s for 2015.
This show is sure to please anyone who believes life is worth dreamingEl Observador, Montevideo
dance, CIRQUE, Theatre, Spectacular 02 – 07 Mar
Enter the world
of a surrealist painting, with a heady mix of spectacular acrobatics, theatre, dance
and music performed against the monumental Salvador Dalí backdrop that sparked this
At its heart beats the Holy Trinity of jazz: the blues, improv and swingThe Arts Desk, London
Swing Symphony (Symphony No 3) – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Music 10 – 11 Mar
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra leader Wynton Marsalis’s third symphonyis a “stunning achievement” (The Arts Desk) that takes you on a journey through jazz history.
Fiendishly clever … a constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprisesThe Stage
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) A New Beggar's Opera
Theatre, Music 26 Feb – 02 Mar
Busting with wit, wonder and weirdness, this was one of The Guardian’s Top 10 theatre shows of 2014. The ever-inventive, multi-talented Kneehigh rework John Gay’s bawdy 18th-century musical satire The Beggar’s Opera.
No Man’s Land appears to me to seek to honour the many New Zealanders who served in the armed forces during the war, of whom many lost their lives, and to carry a strong message of reconciliation through the common language of musicHelen Clark
No Man's Land
Film, Music 02 Mar
Featuring 150 musicians from more than 20 countries, this multi-layered world music collaboration brings together the descendants of opposing forces in WWI and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity.
Word and movement are intricately intertwined ... deeply moving and frequently hilarious ... a must seeAustralian Stage
Complexity of Belonging
Dance, Theatre 11 – 13 Mar
A daring and darkly humorous exploration of identity in the age of social media from two of dance and theatre’s most unflinching makers.
An artist towering above most of his peersFinancial Times
Music 06 – 07 Mar
Grief is “transformed into something brimming with life” (The Quietus) in this concert based around Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie & Lowell.