NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A live action tribute to the Otago soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War. Dunedin, 14 Oct 2017, 12pm.

Topics: Passchendaele, Performing Arts Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
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An opera exploring the story of Archibald Baxter and thirteen other conscientious objectors who were forcibly sent to the Western Front. Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, 22–29 July 2017.

Topics: Opera, Concientious objectors, Performing Arts Audience: general audiences, otago Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Mayfair Theatre

A play based on the prolific First World War fundraiser Helena Barnard, performed by St Mary's Diocesan School students. At The Castle, Stratford, from 11-13 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Local history, Fundraising, Performing Arts, Women in wartime Audience: General, Students, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

Join Auckland War Memorial Museum on 8 August 2015 to commemorate the Battle of Chunuk Bair with a commemoration service, a presentation of ANZAC images, poetry, waiata and theatre.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Performing Arts, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, Local residents, Families, Arts appreciators, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Tupe Lualua’s latest dance piece is a response to the devastating Spanish Influenza Pandemic that affected Samoa at the end of the First World War.  In Mangere from 27-30 July 2015.

Topics: dance, Influenza, Samoa, Performing Arts Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Manukau
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The Palmerston North Choral Society presents a programme commemorating Gallipoli, the First World War and the sorrow arising from conflict at St Peter's Anglican Church 20 June 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, choral, Performing Arts, Gallipoli Audience: General, classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Crows Feet Dance Collective brings 'The Armed Man', their unique and acclaimed First World War dance theatre work to Wellington on 16 and 17 May 2015.

Topics: dance, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General, Arts appreciators, secondary drama and dance students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Australian youths on reciprical tour will be participating in Anzac events and performing several concerts in Auckland in April and May 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Papakura RSA

Remembering two world wars through: music, poetry, diaries and a miraculous escape. Don't miss this free event at Taupō Public Library on 16 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Music, poetry, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Taupo

Crows Feet Dance Collective brings 'The Armed Man', the unique and acclaimed First World War dance theatre work to the Napier's Tabard Theatre on 9 May 2015.

Topics: dance, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Napier

100 years on from the Gallipoli landings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum honours and remembers New Zealanders who have served, and commemorate the loss of life and of innocence.

Topics: Museums, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Exhibitions, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Porirua Little Theatre & Trust Porirua City Brass present a musical to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign at the PopUp Porirua Little Theatre, 22 April - 2 May 2015.

Topics: Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Music, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Porirua

Letters From The Front is a musical revue that follows one family’s hopes, fears, love and loss during wartime. At Whanganui's Amdram Musical Theatre, 26-26 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Musicals, Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Wanganui
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Te Awamutu Light Operatic Society presents Lest We Forget, a musical tribute to the ANZACs, at The Woolshed, 16-26 April.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Performing Arts, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

A play inspired by the 500 Cook Islands soldiers who went to fight for King and Country in the First World War. Playing at Mangere Arts Centre between 25 April - 2 May 2015.

Topics: Performing Arts, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Manukau
Organised by: Mangere Arts Centre

A choir of 100 voices will sing Karl Jenkin's piece, The Armed Man, at Papakura's Hawkins Theatre, between 2 and 4 May 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Events, Performing Arts, Choir, Vocal Music Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Papakura

Marking the Gallipoli centenary, and celebrating the enduring spirit of ANZAC, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band presents a concert at the Auckland Town Hall on 30 March 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Performing Arts, Events, ANZAC Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Crows Feet Dance Collective brings 'The Armed Man', their unique and acclaimed First World War dance theatre work to the Carterton Events Centre on 25 April 2015.

Topics: dance, Performing Arts, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Carterton

Christchurch icons Woolston Brass and the Christchurch City Choir bring 'Gallipoli 100 - ANZAC Remembered 2015' to Charles Luney Auditorium on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Performing Arts, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Woolston Brass

Two prominent New Zealand playwrights will talk about the challenges of writing about the First World War at the Kerr St Artspace in Devonport on 8 March 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts, Plays, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: Kerr Street Artspace

A musical tribute to those who gave so much during the Great War. Performances at Newtown Cultural Community Centre, Wellington, from 15-18 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Bringing to life, through words and music, the stories of New Zealand women at home and abroad during the First World War. At Auckland Museum from 16-19 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Women in wartime, Events, Performing Arts, letters Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, performed by The New Zealand Dance Company.

Topics: dance, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Teachers, Artists, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia, Dunedin, New Zealand, Australia, Tauranga, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

Inspired by a trooper's diary, this multi media production was put together by students and staff of Kapiti College. Performance at Paraparaumu's Southward Theatre, 22 April 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Students, Families, General Located in: New Zealand, Paraparaumu
Organised by: Kapiti College

Returning for a third season, the play 'Sister Anzac' about NZ nurses at Gallipoli will be performed in Auckland and Hamilton in August and September 2016.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, nurses Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Hamilton
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A tapestry of music and words reflecting the time of the Great War. Performed by the Bay of Islands Singers at Kerikeri's Turner Centre, Sunday 3 May.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Concert, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Kerikeri
Organised by: Bay of Islands Singers

Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, playing in three locations around Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Performing Arts, Events, Musical performances, Plays, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: theatre goers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rose Hudson

A concert of music, visual art, and readings in commemoration of the first Anzac Day. 23 April 2015 at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Hastings.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: General, Artists Located in: New Zealand, Hastings

A concert at Wellington's St Andrews on the Terrace on 12 Jan 2015 featuring works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Classical Music, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, Youth, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ Youth Symphonic Winds

A play that transports audiences aged 8-14 back to the First World War. Playing in Wellington on 20 and 21 March 2015 as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Topics: Theatre, Education, Events, Performing Arts Audience: School students, Students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Capital E

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin hosts the world première of a play about Jack Braithwaite, a New Zealand soldier executed for mutiny in 1916. Runs from 28 March - 18 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Fortune Theatre Trust

The Court Jesters, Christchurch's hilarious improvised comedy company, recreate a front line First World War Christmas show at the Court Theatre, 4–20 December 2014.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: The Court Jesters

The Royal New Zealand Ballet – with the New Zealand Army Band – presents a First World War-themed ballet, 'Salute'. Touring New Zealand in May and June 2015.

Topics: Ballet, Events, Performing Arts, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General

Join your national orchestra for a moving tribute concert in honour of the Anzacs. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform at the Auckland Town Hall on 23 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performances, Performing Arts, Events, Orchestral music Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Join your national orchestra for a moving tribute concert in honour of the Anzacs. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on 22 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performances, Performing Arts, Orchestral music, Events Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Sisters in Arms is a rollercoaster through vitality and colour, tenderness and grief, drawn from the writers’ own great-grandmothers' experience. In Nelson, 18 - 19 October 2014.

Topics: Theatre, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Ake Ake Theatre Company

The Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents Journey's End - a play about the First World War, at Auckland's Stables Theatre, 8 - 15 November.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Events Audience: theatre goers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Stables Theatre

Nelson Musical Theatre presents a new production of Oh What a Lovely War! at Nelson's Theatre Royal from 11 -  22 November.

Topics: Musicals, Events, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Comedy Audience: Artists, Families, General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Theatre Royal Nelson

V8 Vocal Ensemble present a programme at Waikanae Memorial Hall that includes music associated with the First World War on 12 October 2014.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, October 14, Events, Performing Arts Audience: Music lovers, General, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Waikanae
Organised by: V8 Vocal Ensemble

Peninsula Players perform the stage adaptation of 'Blackadder Goes Forth'. Centrestage Theatre, Auckland, 10 October 2014.

Topics: Comedy, Theatre, Performing Arts, October 14 Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Centrestage Theatre

No Man’s Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in the First World War and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity. Touring in March 2016.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Music, Performing Arts, NZ Festival Audience: General, Music lovers, Arts appreciators

Production of the play 'Oh What a Lovely War', and creation of crosses for Timaru Boys' High School old boys who served during the First World War. 27-29 May 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Performing Arts, Theatre, Education Audience: Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Timaru
Organised by: Timaru Boys High School

Jan Bolwell's solo play about her grandfather's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General, Teachers, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Jan Bolwell

Memorial concert to commemorate the First World War, its impact on the Oamaru District and the Oamaru Garrison Band of the day. April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Performing Arts, Music Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: Oamaru Garrison Band

An original full-length play inspired by actual events during the First World War. Written by Sheri O'Neill and produced by Northland theatre group Platform Thirteen.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Conscientious objection Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Dargaville, New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Platform Thirteen

Creating a new play about young Aussies and Kiwis visiting Gallipoli on the night before Anzac Day. What is it that attracts them?

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

The Graduate Choir NZ, under its conductor Terence Maskell, presents a programme of choral music in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Sanctuary on 4 August 2014 at 7.30 pm. 

Topics: Music, Events, Performing Arts, Lottery Grant Recipients, August 14 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A choral music concert held on Friday 25 April 2014, 5.00pm, at the Auckland Town Hall.

Topics: Music, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Classical Music Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Choral

Commemorate Anzac Day 2014 with friends and family at the Otago Museum. Enjoy toe-tapping, First World War-inspired entertainment followed by a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit or two.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: Families, local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago Museum

Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.

Topics: Education, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre, August 14 Audience: Students, School students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Manukau, New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston North

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace. 29 March 2014, Dunedin Town Hall.

Topics: Performing Arts, Music, Events, Classical Music Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Southern Sinfonia

Music for the 2014 season, influenced by acts of human violence throughout history; each a moving tribute to our humanity. Features Górecki’s sorrowful 3rd symphony. 2-3 May 2014.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Music, Events, Performing Arts, Classical Music Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Tertiary students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Wellington

A concert held on Anzac Day (Friday 25 April 2014, 2.30 pm) in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, featuring the premiere performance of  "A Call to Arms", composed by David Hamilton.

Detail from Anzac reflections poster
Topics: Music, Events, Anzac Day 2014, Performing Arts, Classical Music Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Cantando Choir

In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a full-length work to Karl Jenkins famous evocative score The Armed Man. April 2014.

Topics: Performing Arts, Theatre, Events, dance, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Otaki, New Zealand, Upper Hutt

Centrepoint Theatre premieres The War Artist, a play based on the painting "Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by war artist George Butler. On from 15 March-12 April 2014.

"Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by George Butler, one of New Zealand's official war artists.
Topics: Events, Theatre, Performing Arts Audience: secondary students, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Centrepoint Theatre

Reflection is a 20 minute site-specific performance to be held at Memorial Park, Otaki on 12-13 April 2014. This park contains one of the Cenotaphs in Otaki which will be a focus of the work.

Topics: Events, Performing Arts, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Otaki
Organised by: Jamie Bull

The Lion Foundation Season of Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt, produced by Auckland Theatre Company. A classic play about the tragic battle at Gallipoli, on 12 June – 5 July 2014.

Topics: Events, Gallipoli, Performing Arts, Theatre, Chunuk Bair Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Families, veterans Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Theatre Company

The APO present a concert created by four composers who have produced new music in response to letters (held at Auckland Museum) written by NZ soldiers during the First World War. 25 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Music, Performing Arts, Classical Music Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Taupo Choral Society wish to perform a community concert with all music groups in Taupo to commemorate the First World War Centenary. At the Great Lake Centre Oct/Nov 2014. 

Taupo Choral Society
Topics: Community contribution, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Taupo
Organised by: Taupo Choral Society

New work being premiered in the New Zealand Festival on 28 February 2014, composed by Ross Harris, poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan and Taonga Puoro by Horomona Horo.

Topics: Music, Events, Maori, Classical Music, Performing Arts Audience: Families, secondary students, veterans, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt will be performed at Riverlea Theatre, Riverlea Road, Hamilton from April 25 to May 1 2015.

Topics: Events, Theatre, Anzac Day 2015, Performing Arts, Chunuk Bair Audience: Students, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton Playbox