New Zealand has never witnessed a multi-layered world music collaboration like this before. John Psathas is no stranger to large-scale works but this is his most ambitious project yet.

Featuring 150 musicians from more than 20 countries, including Serj Tankian (Lebanon/Armenia/USA), Meeta Pandit (India) and Márta Sebestyén (Hungary), No Man’s Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in World War I and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity on the sites where their grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought a century ago.

Director Jasmine Millet and cinematographer Mathew Knight’s film of this epic global orchestra – playing a Psathas composition that leaps musical genres as it does borders, from folk to jazz to rock to classical – will be seen and heard in tandem with a select group of musicians performing live on stage.


Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and Victoria University of Wellington, with support from the Lottery Grants Board, Adrian Durham, the British High Commission, the Polish Embassy, the French Embassy, the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and Radio New Zealand Concert.

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Gallery of Matt Grace show images.

Unique, marvellous and unmissable, reports Metro from the No Man's Land rehearsal.  

Dazzling creativity and exceptional musicians, says The Dominion Post's review.

"One of the most extraordinary cultural experiences I've ever had," says reviewer Rachel Hyde on RNZ Concert's Upbeat

New Zealand Herald feature on No Man's Land.

John Psathas interviewed in the Otago Daily Times and Rip It Up, and on RNZ National's Standing Room Only.



Wednesday 02 Mar
7:30pm
Wednesday 02 Mar
7:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre

1hr 20mins (no interval)