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GO NZ: New Zealand summer festivals and events to order now | Instant News

We’ve all spent more than enough time looking inside our homes this year. With long awaited warm weather finally creeping up on us, it’s time to let go of those cobwebs and take advantage of all the exciting events and festivals happening around New Zealand this summer – because we’ve had a little fun.

The epicenter for all things edible: Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Classic.  Photo / Kirsten Simcox, Provided
The epicenter for all things edible: Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Classic. Photo / Kirsten Simcox, Provided

Summer FAWC!

November 6-15

Arguably New Zealand’s center for great food and fine wine, Hawke’s Bay hosts 10 days and over 60 events for this delicious festival. The Food and Wine Classic features the best of local restaurants, wineries, brewers and producers joining forces for an unforgettable program, in some of the country’s most stunning locations, from street food festivals to exclusive evenings combining art and food and honeycomb to tables high tea. see fawc.co.nz for details.

Nothing says Summer like the Black Hats at Oval Bay.  Photo / Andrew Cornaga, Photosport, Files
Nothing says Summer like the Black Hats at Oval Bay. Photo / Andrew Cornaga, Photosport, Files

Summer Cricket

starting 27 November

Nothing says Summer is like the start of a five-day trial match, and despite what 2020 throws at the world, the Black Caps will face Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies and Pakistan in the upcoming 2020-21 season. Games will be played across the country, and include T-20, ODI and test matches. see nzc.nz for all the details.

The biggest exhibit in the history of the Auckland Art Gallery: Toi o Tamaki at Britomart.  Photo / Patrick Reynolds, Given
The biggest exhibit in the history of the Auckland Art Gallery: Toi o Tamaki at Britomart. Photo / Patrick Reynolds, Given

You you you or

December 5 – March 31

Staged in the heart of Britomart, this is the official Toi tū Toi ora satellite show at the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest contemporary Māori art exhibition in nearly 20 years, including 300 works by more than 120 Māori artists. see aucklandartgallery.com for more details.

Incredible creation: The World of Wearable Art at Te Papa.  Photo / Provided
Incredible creation: The World of Wearable Art at Te Papa. Photo / Provided

Wearable Art World: Up Close

12 December – 14 February

If you’ve ever wondered what actually goes into these incredible creations, here’s your chance to experience a World of Wearable Art like never before. The in-depth exhibition at Wellington’s Te Papa showcases more than 30 extraordinary outfits from the world’s leading clothing arts competitions, with visitors able to explore the creativity and extraordinary detail of the clothes and the stories behind the designs. see

for more information.

It's finally here: The America's Cup World Series takes over Auckland's waterfront.  Photo / Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Files
It’s finally here: The America’s Cup World Series takes over Auckland’s waterfront. Photo / Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Files

America’s Cup

starting December 17th

Finally it’s here. Auckland is set to host the 36th Copa America and the action starts this December. There are three events that round out the race for the Cup – the Auckland American Cup World Series brings together three challengers against the Emirates New Zealand Team for the Christmas Cup starting 17 December, before the Prada Cup – and the scramble to take on Team NZ for the big – starts on January 15. The final series of races for the America’s Cup runs from March 6 to 21. There will definitely be a lot of events going on in and around the Viaduct as the action heats up. check aucklandnz.com for details when released.

Great acoustics, unbeatable atmosphere: Black Barn Amphitheater, Havelock North.  Photo / Glenn Taylor, Hawke's Bay Today
Great acoustics, unbeatable atmosphere: Black Barn Amphitheater, Havelock North. Photo / Glenn Taylor, Hawke’s Bay Today

Black Barn Concert Series

Starting December 19

This amphitheater in the Hawke’s Bay vineyard is widely considered to be one of New Zealand’s best outdoor spots, with great acoustics and an unbeatable atmosphere. This summer, check out an outdoor cinema that opens as part of the Hawke’s Bay Outdoor Film Festival from December 27th. If you want a little music, summer queues are still in the works, but it’s confirmed, Kiwi legend Dave Dobbyn will be performing alongside 2020 local darling The Beths on December 19. Tickets start at $ 69, look blackbarn.com for details.

Distinction Hotels Te Anau Tennis Invitational

December 28-29

It’s a shame the ASB Classic has been postponed for 2021 (thanks Covid), but this annual tournament features some of New Zealand’s strongest male tennis players over two days of action in a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for the whole family. General admission is $ 15.00 per adult and children are free. see teanautennis.co.nz for details.

The Other Side Festival

December 30 – 31

Whangamatā, usually considered a quintessential Kiwi beach town, holds this two-day music festival at the mysterious-sounding Joe’s Farm, just outside the summer hot spot. Visitors can camp on site, or take a bus to see a lineup of famous Kiwi artists such as Shapeshifter, LAB, David Dallas and JessB. Tickets start at $ 118 from theotherside.nz.


January 22-24

Happy 20th birthday to Raglan’s favorite. This summer’s favorite celebrates milestones in style, with lineups of local legends including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ladi6, Che Fu and Home Brew taking to four stages at the Wainui Reserve, while markets also return. see soundsplash.co.nz for more details.

Saturday Six60 Tour

Various dates in January and February

They are arguably New Zealand’s biggest band, and now Six60 have their gigs on the road, visiting new cities and big venues on six Saturdays in January and February. Starting in Lower Hutt and stopping at Waitangi, Hastings, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton along the way, they’ll have special guests and big hits of their own. see six60.co.nz for details.

    The Tussock Traverse is one of New Zealand's most beautiful courses.  Photo / Kurt Matthews, Given
The Tussock Traverse is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful courses. Photo / Kurt Matthews, Given

Tussock Traverse

January 30th

The Ruapehu region is an outdoor lover’s paradise and the Tussock Traverse is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and diverse courses. Events for hikers and runners – ranging from 6 km to 50 km – offer something for everyone who wants a different challenge. This event supports the Tongariro Project (Tongariro Natural History Society), and the work they are doing to preserve this spectacular area. see tussocktraverse.co.nz for entry details.

A celebration of cunning and speed: Burt Munro Challenge, Invercargill.  Photo / James Jubb, Given
A celebration of cunning and speed: Burt Munro Challenge, Invercargill. Photo / James Jubb, Given

Burt Munro’s challenge

February 10-14

This Southland classic has cemented its name as one of New Zealand’s premier motor sporting events. Over the course of five action-packed days, a number of racing disciplines will race including hill climbing, beach racing, sprint racing, speedway and road racing. And the whole festival honors the legendary Burt, his ingenuity, determination and love of speed and motorbikes. see burtmunrochallenge.co.nz for more details.

Two great nights: Hamilton Garden Arts Festival.  Photo / Mark Hamilton, Supplied Visit Waikato
Two great nights: Hamilton Garden Arts Festival. Photo / Mark Hamilton, Supplied Visit Waikato

Hamilton Park Arts Festival

February 19 – March 1

What is now an iconic outdoor summer festival for the city, the Hamilton Park Arts Festival combines visual arts, music, comedy, film, theater, literature and dance for two weeks of fun. This festival has been Waikato’s premier arts event for over 20 years and the 2021 list will be released any time. see hgaf.co.nz for the latest news and announcements.

Flying circus: New Zealand's best viewing team at Wings over Wairarapa.  Photo / Provided
Flying circus: New Zealand’s best viewing team at Wings over Wairarapa. Photo / Provided

Air Wing Festival Over Wairarapa

February 26 – 28

With the Wānaka sisters’ event canceled this year due to Covid-19, this Wairarapa favorite will be New Zealand’s first major air show in two years. In addition to the spectacular flying program, there are fantastic ground shows, as well as activities for kids little and big. Previous events have drawn crowds of 25,000 people – almost the equivalent of the entire Masterton population – so we know it’s the weekend Kiwis will be lining up to be a part of. see wings.org.nz for more details.

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Wheel talk: Berlin used shopping trolley – in pictures | Art and Design | Instant News

Having grown up in rural Switzerland, photographer Luca Ellena hit, after moving to Berlin, with lots of goods littering the city streets. He decided to take a picture of every trolley he saw and three years later he has over 600 drawings, the best of which were collected in his first book, Shopping business.

‘The waste of resources when the trolley is thrown away,’ he said, ‘and the way most people don’t even see it is, to me, a representation of our time.’


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The book tells the story of 20 Chinese citizens in Italy during a pandemic | Instant News

Visitors to the Colosseum in Rome wear masks on October 8. Italy has tightened measures to contain the resurgent coronavirus outbreak. CHINA EVERYDAY

ROME – A group of Chinese-born Italians from different walks of life spread across the country have signed papers describing their lives as Italians during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 232-page book they all co-authored – published in Mandarin and Italian – is entitled Noi Restiamo Qui: Come La Comunita Cinese Ha Vissuto L’Epidemia (We Will Stay Here: How the Chinese Community Is Living Through the Epidemic).

“China and Italy are linked in many ways and the coronavirus is one of them,” said Hu Lanbo, a resident of Rome since 1989, who launched and edited the project and wrote two chapters of his own. He referred to China and Italy as the first two countries to face a major outbreak of the coronavirus.

Hu said the idea came to him in the early days of the Italian outbreak.

“An Italian woman called the office where I worked to ask if we could help her find a mask for her son, who has leukemia,” said Hu. “The little one was in the hospital and he had to wear a mask, but at that time masks were hard to find in Italy, especially in the size of a child.”

Hu mentioned the problem on WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, and got lots of helpful advice. Finally, he said, two Chinese women in Rome gave him 50 masks from which they kept for their own children. But awareness also rose and soon a group of mothers raised 80,000 yuan ($ 12,000), enough to buy 20,000 masks that were donated to Rome’s main children’s hospital.

“When I talk to other Chinese people in Italy, I realize that almost every individual, family, or organization plays a certain role in providing a mask or helping in some other way, and the idea for the book came from that,” Hu said.

“Here in Italy we have a reputation as a closed community, but if that’s true, why is the reaction of the Chinese community so generous?” she asked. “We are in a unique situation: we have a Chinese-given cultural education, a collective spirit, but we are also part of Italy and we feel a responsibility related to that.”

Hu said he invited members of the Chinese community who live permanently in Italy – the group includes some in the tourism industry, actors, translators, designers, writers, musicians, educators and mediators, from Palermo in southern Italy to Turin in the north – to tell the story the story of how the pandemic changed their lives. He said 20 people submitted stories that appeared in the book, including one poem. Most of it was written in Chinese and translated into Italian.

“The common thread is that we all recognize that we are facing the same challenges facing the Italians and we must work together to face them,” said Hu. “Cultural differences have not stopped our desire to understand each other.”

Hu said the book will act as a portrait in due time.

“It is now eight months since the start of the pandemic in Italy and three months since we received the last donation for the book,” he said. “We’ve captured a piece of history by telling the stories of our lives during an unusual period, and that gives this book meaning.”

In the first chapter of the book, Hu summarizes the volume production goals he was working on.

“We live here in this country called Italy,” he wrote. “It’s not that we’re not afraid, but we don’t have the heart to leave … We love Italy as if it were our homeland and leaving it would break our hearts.”


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Jack London’s ‘Martin Eden’ gets an Italian film adaptation | Instant News

Accompaniment viewing

“Jack London” (1943)

“The Mouth of the Wolf” (2009)

“Jack London, an American adventure” (2016)

Jack LondonThe 1909 semi-autobiographical novel “Martin Eden” inspired a new Italian film to begin Streaming Friday through Kino Lorber and the San Diego Cinema Society.

I have a personal relationship with Jack London and in particular with “Martin Eden”. This was probably my dad’s favorite book and he kept talking about it to me when I was a kid. My father described himself as a naughty teenager who wanted to drop out of school but his uncle introduced him to literature and he was connected to London and especially the story of a young man who discovered a new world through books. I think this book helped change my father’s life with his passion for reading and social care. But her book – spoiler alert – was so tragic that my dad rewrote the ending so he could imagine something better for the characters he loved.

My father passed away last year and when I saw this new adaptation of the film, I immediately thought of my father and how I wish he could watch the film because it captures Martin’s love for knowledge and books in a way I am sure he will appreciate. The scene where Martin kisses the pages of an old book is something that anyone who is a bibliophile can relate to. I realize now that there may be a generation that rarely holds books in their hands, so I encourage you to pick up an old book at least once and kiss the pages, it’s really great.

Since London has always been to me as a classic American writer, I enter into this Italian adaptation of “Martin Eden” with curiosity about how the material will be translated into other countries and more contemporary time periods.

But filmmaker Pietro Marcello has done an impressive job of capturing the heart and soul of the book. The title character is a young sailor (played with charisma by Luca Marinelli) who thirsts for knowledge and progress. He finally decided to become a writer who provided what he called “one of the eyes the world uses to see.” When he saves a rich boy from beatings, he is introduced to the Orsini family and their daughter Elena (Jessica Cressy), with whom he immediately falls in love and is full of passion. But their class differences have given them different perspectives on the world.

The director and co-author Marcello has made a documentary about the working class and the marginalized in Italy. The experiences of these people also form the basis of his first narrative film.

In a press note he stated: “‘Martin Eden’ tells our story, the story of people who are not educated by their families or at school, but on their way. It is a self-taught novel and those who believe in education as a means of emancipation, but somehow let down by him. Going beyond this first reading, however, ‘Martin Eden’ not only tells the story of a young proletarian who falls in love with a young woman from a higher social class and begins to dream of becoming a writer, it also paints a portrait of a successful artist ( a shadowy self-portrait of Jack London), who inevitably loses his own taste of art. and society, the role of mass culture, class struggle. “

There’s a pretty sight (and since it’s been decades since I read the book I’m not sure if it’s a London-written scene) where Martin looks at a plate of pasta and points to the sauce as poverty and then mops up all the food. sauce with a loaf of bread which he said represented education. The point is that poverty disappears with education. He found, of course, that it wasn’t that simple, but his desire for it to come true and for people to improve their lives fueled many films.

Marcello creates a film set in no different modern Italy where we find references and period details that sometimes seem inconsistent in the strict historical sense, but feel true in the emotional flow of Martin’s story. Marcello worked on special archival footage of real characters like the anarchist Errico Malatesta as well as less specific ancient drawings of sailors and ships, and finally a home film reflecting Martin’s youth. While archival images take root in film in a very real world, the way Marcello integrates them into film has a lovely poetic feel. This is a film that seeks to convey the fortitude of the real world but also the dreams and ideologies of the characters. I love that Marcello is able to seamlessly blend these seemingly incompatible elements in a way that brings us into Martin’s life.

That contrast is also at the heart of the London book. As someone who defines himself as a London socialist has to face great success as a writer, success which allows him to enter into the higher levels of society that had previously excluded him. His struggle to reconcile his political ideals with his personal success partly resulted in the writing of “Martin Eden”, in which the title character grows disillusioned with the world and with himself and sinks into despair. I think my father as a young man took advantage of the hopes and dreams of the early part of the book and then grew to appreciate the complexity of the novel. Marcello’s films allow us to feel the initial, inspiring passion as well as the later despair that we leave with painful sadness.

“Martin Eden” is a film full of passion and politics, romance and tragedy, intimacy and epic sweep. I thought knowing more about the Italian political landscape would help peel back some of the film’s layers but even without “Martin Eden” it proved interesting and poignant.

Listen to this story by Beth Accomando.


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Rex Orange County canceled his Australia & New Zealand tour. | Instant News

It is with heavy hearts that we must today announce the cancellation of the highly anticipated Orange County Pony Rex Tour, which had been postponed from the start of this year in May / June.

Important information regarding the cancellation of Rex Orange County’s The Pony Tour: Asia, Australia, New Zealand 2020:
We have been trying very hard to plan for the future amidst the continuing global health crisis, but it has become clear that we cannot reschedule the PONY Australia & New Zealand tour dates to a new period that we believe fully will take place. So with great regret we had to cancel the Rex Orange County dates in Australia & New Zealand. We will plan a new tour when the show can resume and travel allows.

Ticket Information:
All tickets purchased will receive a full refund. Tickets purchased with a credit or debit card will be fully refunded and the customer does not need to take any action. Customers have to wait about 20 business days for the refund to appear in their account. For any inquiries relating to your ticket purchase, please contact your original place of purchase.

RIP The Pony Tour 🙁


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