Activities & Projects
A dance performance by Le Moana exploring the impact of the deadly influenza pandemic on Sāmoa's population. A free event at Te Papa on 11 November 2018.
Exploding on to the streets of Palmerston North comes Firing Line, a multi-media, multi-dimensional exploration of the war, inspired by local history. 6-7 October 2018.
A groundbreaking physical theatre show exploring a friendship across cultures during the First World War. Performed in NZSL, English & Serbian. Accessible for Deaf and hearing audiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Australian youths on reciprical tour will be participating in Anzac events and performing several concerts in Auckland in April and May 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Te Awamutu Light Operatic Society presents Lest We Forget, a musical tribute to the ANZACs, at The Woolshed, 16-26 April.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christchurch icons Woolston Brass and the Christchurch City Choir bring 'Gallipoli 100 - ANZAC Remembered 2015' to Charles Luney Auditorium on 25 April 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, playing in three locations around Anzac Day 2015.
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.
A concert at Wellington's St Andrews on the Terrace on 12 Jan 2015 featuring works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents Journey's End - a play about the First World War, at Auckland's Stables Theatre, 8 - 15 November.
Nelson Musical Theatre presents a new production of Oh What a Lovely War! at Nelson's Theatre Royal from 11 - 22 November.
V8 Vocal Ensemble present a programme at Waikanae Memorial Hall that includes music associated with the First World War on 12 October 2014.
Peninsula Players perform the stage adaptation of 'Blackadder Goes Forth'. Centrestage Theatre, Auckland, 10 October 2014.
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.
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.
Jan Bolwell's solo play about her grandfather's experiences on the Western Front during the First World War.
Memorial concert to commemorate the First World War, its impact on the Oamaru District and the Oamaru Garrison Band of the day. April 2015.
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.
Mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with the Otago Museum. 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Sunday 11 November, Otago Museum Reserve
Creating a new play about young Aussies and Kiwis visiting Gallipoli on the night before Anzac Day. What is it that attracts them?
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.
A choral music concert held on Friday 25 April 2014, 5.00pm, at the Auckland Town Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.