Friday 6th March 2015 to Sunday 7th June 2015 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Tauranga Art Gallery
Stunning images will be unveiled as the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at Tauranga Art Gallery in March, 2015. The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. In 2015 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. The Gallery is the exhibition's only New Zealand venue.
We'd also love to see you and your family down at the Gallery on Saturday 28 March for our Family Fun Day: Wild Thing! Bring the creative creatures in your family to this Wild Thing themed day. This event runs in conjunction with Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Ewan McDougall: Fun and Fury. Come dressed as your favourite wild thing and have your face painted to match when you get here! Prizes for the best dressed animals. The day includes: face painting, Wild Thing Art Hunt, story telling and Kids Art Studios*. All activities except the Kids Art Studios with Emma Prill are covered by the entry cost of $5 per family.
7:30pm to 8:50pm. Years ago, Sylvia traveled the world and its greatest ballet theatres. Now she lives alone in her house filled with photographs of her favourite dancer and her daughter's unwanted possessions. Then one day the great dancer Alexander Karpovsky turns up mysteriously in her lonely room and breaks through her brittle cocoon to teach the stumbling Sylvia to dance...and to live. Helen Moulder and Sir Jon Trimmer reprise their extraordinary production of Meeting Karpovsky, winner of The Listener’s Best Play and Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year awards. Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz
Installation begins for the bronze sculptures, created by Brigitte Wuest, are of Hairy Maclary and eight of his friends – Scarface Claw, Slinky Malinki, Hercules Morse, Muffin McLay, Bottomley Potts, Schnitzel von Krumm, Bitzer Maloney and Zachary Quack – and will be located on the waterfront next to the playground. The installation will start on Tuesday, 2 June, and the sculptures will be unveiled in July.
Back from a hugely successful tour of the USA, and ready to launch into Singapore next year, Kiss The Fish returns by popular demand to the New Zealand circuit. A favourite with the company for many years, Indian Ink is delighted to be returning to Tauranga, playing at The Baycourt Theatre, 4th – 6th June. Show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available at www.ticketek.co.nz
12pm-7pm. Brew Craft Beer Pub and La Mexica present their first blues festival in conjunction with Shaun Kirk's NZ tour. The event will be held between 107-109, The Strand, Tauranga. Admission is free. Featuring first class acts like Shaun Kirk (part of his National Winter Tour), Eastlide Blues and Robbie and Neil Findlay this is a treat for Blues fans everywhere.
Thursday 6:30pm & Friday 7pm. Stage Challenge and J Rock is a high energy dance, drama and music extravaganza that aims to motivate and inspire students to lead positive pro-active lives, by giving them a ‘natural high’. This performing arts event is touring NZ from May to June providing students around NZ the opportunity to express their creativity. The students are involved in every aspect of the performance including set construction, choreography, hair and make-up and costume design. With the students as the driving force behind the performances, this is their show and their time to shine. They are the real stars. Tickets available from www.ticketek.co.nz
The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be held in Tauranga on 19th June at the Holy Trinity Church. the Film Festival show cases a range of activities from Ocean Kayaking, Mountian Biking, Paragliding, Surfing to climbing (and many more). There are a range of human interest storeis and the photography is stunning. tickets for the event are available from MacPac and Bivouac and you can also buy tickets online at http://banff.nz/?event=tauranga.
7pm to 9:30pm. With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2’s award winning series ‘Sensing Murder’, Kelvin has literally been swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he is continuing on his series of exclusive evenings that will help reach out and touch more people at once. These evenings will simply be Kelvin working with spirit. Kelvin will read as many people permitted by spirit per session, although we do not guarantee he can read everyone. Please note this event is R18. Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz
7pm to 10pm. New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 27th year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year. Founded in 1989 by music teachers Glenn Common and Pete Rainey, Smokefreerockquest has now become a New Zealand institution. Smokefreerockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original New Zealand music. Tickets available from www.ticketek.co.nz
6pm to 6:45pm. They say you can get lost in a good book. But it’s worse getting lost in a bad one…This Tauranga Arts Festival sell-out show returns for one enchanting night. The Bookbinder is an award-winning story of mystery, magic and mayhem that weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry and music into an inventive performance for curious children and adventurous adults. Tickets available from ticketek.
6:30pm to 10:30pm. Come and experience the best of Vegas without having to gamble away those hard earned dollars! Corporate Casino and Total Entertainment Solutionz have joined forces to create a Las Vegas experience not to be missed! We have all the elements of a great night out including a fun casino, three course American style dinner, themed characters, showgirls, singers, portrait artist and more. Tickets available at ticketek.co.nz. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
7:30pm to 10pm. Scotland's legendary singer/song writer Isla Grant, returns to New Zealand for her ‘Farewell Concert Tour’ Isla is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, her beautiful voice combining country folk songs to easy listening presenting an unforgettable evening. Isla’s spellbinding concert features her wonderful hit songs and takes a nostalgic look at her long and successful career. Tickets available from ticketek.co.nz
8pm to 9:40pm. Don’t miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand’s most successful live comedy acts.
6:30pm to 7:30pm. Take Back the Night is about standing up and taking action for a safer community. The aim is to raise awareness of the violence faced by people in our city, especially girls and women, and to stand together as a community and say, "Violence is not ok!" With guest speakers and music, we invite everyone to light up the night with torches, candles and glowsticks, and shout out about our desire for safe spaces to live, work and play.