Arts and Culture

Traditionally made colorful lanterns are are common feature at Diwali festivals around the world. [File Picture]

Tens of thousands expected at Auckland Diwali festival this weekend

The festival runs from midday on Saturday and Sunday until 9pm, and about 55,000 people attended in 2017.

Johann Hari, who spent several years researching drug use, addiction and treatment for his book, says we’ve misunderstood addiction.

Drug testing legalisation at NZ festivals on the cards

A community organisation says the current law hinders people's access to pill testing at events, which put users at risk.

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Devonport came to life thanks to the work of Unitec architecture students in “Glow”.

Tertiary students tackle social, cultural and environmental issues in dazzling Auckland light show

Glow is even powered by electric vehicle tech to be environmentally friendly.

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The international creation will be performed at Auckland Museum.

Inter-generational dance project explores women's movement in New Zealand

You can see RESPECT: Perspectives in Motion in Auckland tomorrow.

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Scaling of Len Lye water sculpture a 'public display of stupidity,' says Wellington Mayor

It had been restored after being damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake.

Banksy piece worth $2.7m shreds itself in front of shocked bidders

The artwork, "Girl with a Balloon," was shredded by its own frame as people watched in confusion.

Banksy speaks about live shredding of 'Girl with Balloon' as friend claims Banksy was in auction room

"A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction," Banksy wrote on Instagram this morning.

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Many of the exhibits have gone on to become permanent, and its contemporary art collection is the envy of many other cities.

The Christchurch Festival is celebrating 20 years in operation

Many of the exhibits have gone on to become permanent, and its contemporary art collection is the envy of many other cities.

Catch a glimpse of Peter Jackson's new post-apocalyptic Mortal Engines

The movie is set to release on December 6 this year.

The Wellington City Council and Sir Peter Jackson have cut ties.

Documents reveal conflict over pay for Sir Peter Jackson's Wellington museum plan

In August it was announced Sir Peter Jackson was walking away from the project.

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The piece was offered on loan, but the council’s art panel decided the award-winning piece wasn’t fit for public display.

'Kiwiriders' sculpture set in cement on Kāpiti Coast as people power wins the day

The council's art panel hated the piece but members of the public loved it.

Take a sneak peek at Cirque du Soleil's upcoming NZ show, announced today

KOOZA, an homage to circus traditions, will be performed in Auckland in February.

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The Flight of the Conchords star says the protagonist Buttons McGinty combines Indiana Jones and Bad Jelly the Witch.

Watch: Rhys Darby uses sons for inspiration in new children's book

The Flight of the Conchords star is really keen for his new book to appeal to boys.

In this photo made available on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, The two statues show Trump in a face-to-face confrontation with the character Matilda, whose story was first published 30 years ago. The choice of Trump for the statue was made after the Roald Dahl Story Company asked the British public what Matilda’s life would be like in 2018 and who was the figure the strong-willed Matilda would be most likely to stand up to. (David Parry/PA via AP)

English village gets statue of Roald Dahl's Matilda in face-off with President Trump

The public was asked who Matilda would be most likely to stand up to in 2018.

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Māori, Polynesian and Chinese culture will feature in the work choreographed by Moss Patterson.

Māori, Polynesian, Chinese culture feature in dance show exploring Manukau's history

ONE The Earth Rises will be performed at the Vodafone Events Centre one night only - tonight.

Government backs down on film subsidy cap fearing it would kill film industry

Studios can currently get subsidies of up to 25 per cent of their spending in New Zealand.

Christchurch sisters become World of WearableArt awards' first-ever two-time winners

Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry's garment commemorates Kiwis who served in World War I.

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The Wellington hotel being transformed into a work of art by locals

Nearly 300 people submitted designs to QT Wellington and they picked 19 to put their unique touches on all 25 rooms.

Sir Paul McCartney pens children's book called Hey Grandude

The title comes from one of Sir Paul's eight grand kids.

Cast for TV adaptation of Kiwi writer's Booker Prize winning The Luminaries named

The BBC project has cast a New Zealand actor in a leading role.

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Entries are often controversial like Damian Hirst’s 1995 winner – a pregnant cow cut in two.

New Zealander in the running for Britain’s premier art award, the Turner Prize

Luke Willis Thompson's work explores a police shooting in the US.

View of The University of Otago in Winter, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Otago uni students fight plans to scrap Art History and Visual Culture courses

Student Voice has called a public meeting today to organise to save the programme.

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It’s one of the largest ever displays in the UK.

Major exhibition showcasing 500 years of Pacific art set to open in London

It's one of the largest ever displays in the UK, with pieces by some of our best known Māori and Pasifika artists.

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Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask Kiwis what makes them smile.

Watch: Artist uses pyramid in central Auckland to spread some joy around town

Matt Liggins has made it his mission to ask Kiwis what makes them smile.

Luckily for New Zealand fans, the star had already visited these shores.

Justin Bieber has secretly married girlfriend Hailey Baldwin, according to report

The couple were seen at the Marriage Bureau in New York yesterday and reportedly decided to wed there.

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Ms Fowler will be following in the footsteps of model and host of the US show Heidi Klum.

Most read: TVNZ's Project Runway NZ starts in three weeks - meet the designers

From a rugby player; to a stay-at-home mum; to a previous farm-hand.

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Crying men follows issues like domestic violence and follows three generations of Pacific men.

Dance show through Pasifika lense aims to crack open New Zealand's masculine culture - 'Men should have a cry'

"I grew up in a Samoan family and we were always taught to be a certain way, and of course growing up in New Zealand, which I guess is a very masculine society."

Paul Walsh with his Aretha Franklin tribute on the side of the Rockshop building on Karangahape Road.

Photo gallery: 'The Auckland Straight' - NZ graffiti artist Paul Walsh chats about our graffiti art scene & reveals his new memorial piece

New Zealand's most prolific public artist is well known for his utility box art and his homages to departed musical icons like Prince, Bowie and Petty. Now he's added another to the list.

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