Date: 23 April 2014
Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Paul Potts will embark on an eight-city concert tour of New Zealand in April.
Early indications are that tickets to his One Chance tour -- encompassing Auckland, Rotorua, Hastings, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch this April -- will sell fast.
Paul will be accompanied on this tour by an orchestra, and New Zealand-based soprano Anna Hawkins.
The tour coincides with the cinematic release of the biopic of same name, based on Paul’s rise to fame from phone salesman to opera superstar. Paul’s brand new, deeply personal memoir, One Chance: A Memoir has also recently been released, endorsed by Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan – two of the Britain’s Got Talent judges responsible for his discovery in 2007.
“Paul Potts is proof that nice guys sometimes do finish first” – Piers Morgan.
Paul' first audition for Britain's Got Talent is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube. More than 15 million people watched this unassuming, shy and awkward tenor surprise the world with his spine-tingling rendition of Puccini's Nessun Dorma.
Since winning the competition, Paul has found worldwide success with his albums, live shows, tours and charity work and has been constantly travelling the globe; five years later, his feet are yet to touch the ground.
2013 saw the release of a Hollywood biopic celebrating Paul’s rise to fame. The film was Directed by David Frankel (Marley & Me, The Devil Wears Prada) and Produced by The Weinstein Company. A song written by Taylor Swift for Paul after seeing a screening of the film (‘Sweeter Than Fiction’) has just been nominated for a Golden Globe. It has been a highly popular cinema release in New Zealand.
He has also returned to the studio to record his as-yet untitled fourth studio album which will be released in 2014.
Due to Paul’s commitment and hard work, he has become one of the most travelled international stars and has performed more live shows than any other contestant of this type of programme.
Since winning BGT, Paul has successfully released three studio albums; ‘One Chance’, ‘Passione’ and ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (ex-NZ).
Date: 22 March 2014 - 22 June 2014
Black Rainbow features works by Ralph Hotere alongside Michael Parekowhai’s Venice Biennale 2011 entry, He Korero mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of a New Zealand River - an ornately carved red Steinway grand piano.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a selection of significant poetic works by Hotere from the collection of Te Manawa will be displayed as well as some of his working drawings from the Hocken Library, Dunedin.
The exhibition was developed as a tribute to Ralph Hotere who passed away last year, and to acknowledge Michael Parekowhai and his standing as a contemporary artist.
Well known for his collaborative work with poets such as Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde and Hone Tuwhare, poetry became an integral part of Hotere’s method and style and greatly influenced the development of his art. His minimal black paintings contrast Parekowhai’s intricately carved piano. Playing the piano is an essential part of this exhibition and the public is invited to play as well as attend an extensive programme of events and performances.
Developed and toured by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Date: 23 April 2014 - 02 May 2014
Are you looking for something cool your kids can do over the school holidays?
We are offering a free Beginners' School Holiday Programme from April 23 to May 2: seven days of fun, fitness, self defence, flying kicks and much more!
Kids will learn techniques from one of the world's most popular martial arts famous for its amazing flying kicks. They will run, jump, play cool games and have tons of fun while being introduced to many aspects of Taekwon-Do including self-defence, pad work, flying kicks, fitness, stretching and more!
Everyone who attends will receive expert instruction from a qualified IV Dan Black Belt Instructor.
Our programme is suitable for ages 4 to13 years.
Kids are able to attend up to 8 sessions across the two weeks for free.
There are two sessions per day:
10:00 to 10:50am for 4 to 6 years
11:00 to 11:50am for 7 to 13 years
There is no cost to attend the Beginners' School Holiday Programme!
Places are strictly limited and acceptance for the programme is via online application form only.
Please check our website for more information and to apply.
Date: 23 April 2014
Director Louis Malle, France/West Germany 1975 (R18 cert)
There is a war in the world between men and women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Since the content of this picture is not as important as the pictures and allegories, the simple plot can not be described further.
- Benjamin Stello
“Malle’s weird surrealist fantasy updates Alice in Wonderland into a future society where men and women are engaged in deadly combat, seemingly coexistent with an alternative comradeship of talking rats and enchanted unicorns.” – Time Out
Date: 29 March 2014 - 20 July 2014
Greg Semu is an Auckland born, now Sydney-based artist. This exhibition is an archetype of salvation, a symbolic gesture of hope for cultural kind battling against colonial oppression, confiscation of resources and land grabs.
Date: 29 March 2014 - 22 June 2014
Mauri Ora: A Story of Creation is a glass and light installation by contemporary Maori artist Jaime Boynton.
The exhibition explores universal themes of creation through the Maori creation tradition, depicting the formation of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).
Date: 01 April 2014 - 30 April 2014
This month Zimmerman Art Gallery is delighted to present "Welcome to the Library" - six new paintings and ten new book sculptures by Fran Dibble.
As in a library, this exhibition includes work for contemplation. Less are libraries places for research, which we google away at in work offices or in the after-hours, but more they have become a rest haven and sanctuary.
The paintings in this exhibition are assembled artworks. Comprised of a series of separate units positioned together, they play with ideas of contrast – different painted surfaces, with spray-painted surfaces beside the rich qualities of oil paint, random arrangements next to the more organised and ordered. They refer, in a fairly fluid way, to the themes of seasons and change - leaves falling, flowers blooming, clouds forming in big skies above flat landscape.
The book sculptures are tributes, tributes to books, collections of knowledge that we fear might be lost; that is the physicality of the real, old-fashioned objects with linen covers and typeface, never satisfactorily replaced with electronic files read on screens.
Most of these small book sculptures are made with vintage found books, leading to an element of luck and direction as to the art produced, with bronze articles attached. Other book sculptures are entirely made in bronze, either when the inspiring book has been deemed too beautiful to relinquish, so the title and graphics are transcribed on the replica, or else when a made-up volume has been produced.
Date: 23 April 2014
‘A meal of bread, cheese and beer constitute the perfect food’ (Queen Elizabeth)
Go back in time. Enter Shakespeare’s world of Mistress Quickly at ‘The Swan’ for a birthday with a difference. Enjoy a feast of entertainment, food and light refreshments to celebrate the Bard of Avon’s 450th birthday in Elizabethan style.
Find your codpiece and consider dressing in Elizabethan style or as one of Shakespeare’s characters and join in the spirit of the occasion with wandering minstrels, performers and fine company.
Tickets from Community Arts, Square Edge, Palmerston North or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 09 April 2014 - 28 May 2014
Groovalicious dance is a ridiculously fun dance experience. Each class provides cardio, strength and creative functional training, along with a healthy dose of fun, all while dancing. A wide range of music is used - pop, hip hop, Latin, African, house, rock and more - with simple dance moves for each song which each person then gets to dance in their own. No dance experience or ability required.
There's no left or right to worry about, so you can't get it wrong! The key is just to add your own style and make it feel good.
The entrance is on the left side of the building, then head straight up the stairs to Studio 2.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily, and bring a bottle of water to help you replenish your fluids during the workout. And be prepared to have a whole lotta fun while you shake, shimmy, wiggle, sweat and get your groove on!
Date: 22 April 2014 - 24 April 2014
The Palmerston North City Library is celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday by hosting a number of events.
'Shakespeare and the City' is at 8pm Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 April. ‘Love is all truth; Lust is full of lies’ in this series of scenes from Shakespeare's plays. The relationship between masters and servants; between lovers; between family members all set in the modern day. Presented by Skin Theatre and directed by Kelly Harris.
To celebrate Shakespeare's actual birthday on Wednesday 23rd April, the Library has arranged 'Lunch with Bill'. Massey University's Dr Bill Angus shares his appreciation of Shakespeare and his works opening up discussion. Bring your lunch and join in this informative, interactive session. For further details contact Genny Vella at the Library.