1 Jun 2013 (Sat) - 25 Aug 2013 (Sun)
Level 4, Te Papa, Wellington
Andy Warhol (1928–87) was a founder of pop art and one of the 20th century’s most defining artists.
He changed the way we look at ourselves and each other. He blurred the boundaries between the artificial and the real, the commercial and the cultural, the noteworthy and the trite. Warhol: Immortal celebrates his enduring influence.
More than anything else, Warhol was obsessed with people. His preoccupation is perhaps even more pertinent today, in an era of intense social networking, reality TV, and YouTube. His past words take on a prophetic status: ‘In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.’
The exhibition features Warhol’s portraits of friends, celebrities, socialites, politicians, and rock stars across multiple media – paintings, MTV videos, experimental films, screen prints, drawings, and magazine covers. Among them are the flamboyant, repetitive portraits that made him most famous. As he once said: ‘Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’
Startling self-portraits from a 40-year period show the persona of Andy Warhol developing over time, until close to his death in 1987. He immortalised himself as much others – on canvas if not elsewhere. He once mused about being ‘reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger’ and another time quipped: ‘I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.’
Te Papa has worked with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to present this exhibition to New Zealand audiences.
9 Aug 2013 (Fri) - 10 Aug 2013 (Sat)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Now in its 12th year, Beervana is New Zealand’s premier beer event and the best annual opportunity for New Zealanders to experience the biggest range of crafted beers under one roof.
Over two days we showcase 200+ brews from New Zealand and abroad; along with cuisine from some of Wellington’s top restaurants - hand-picked by Culinary Director Martin Bosley.
We also offer fun and informative seminars providing enlightenment on great beer and further appreciation, including the ever popular beer & cheese matching tutorial.
Following on from the overwhelming successes of 2012, we are offering two Home Brewing Masterclasses led by Paul Croucher from The Croucher Brewing Co and Jo Wood of Liberty Brewing. Ultimate Experience packages are also available for those wanting to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s best brewers and chefs.
If you want to find out why craft beer is growing at an unprecedented rate across the New Zealand and international markets, and would like to meet the brewers who drive this success, then make sure you don’t miss out on Beervana 2013.
Bledisloe Cup - All Blacks vs Australia
24 Aug 2013 (Sat)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Will the All Blacks continue their dominance over Australia in 2013 by retaining their strong-hold on the much coveted Bledisloe Cup?
Australia showed grit by keeping the All Blacks to an 18-18 draw in the last match of the 2012 Bledisloe Cup and will be wanting to get their hands on the silverware after a 10 year drought.
With the first game being over the ditch a week before this game, it could be the all-important deciding fixture in the capital.
It’s set to be a sell-out so grab your tickets while you can, for a game you won’t want to miss!
Wellington has a wonderful festival planned around this game, so you can soak up the atmosphere during test week! More details coming soon.
David Strassman - Careful What You Wish For!
23 Nov 2013 (Sat)
The Opera House, Wellington
Riotously funny! An all new comedy creation from the twisted mind of Strassman.
Alternate realities? Parallel universes? Strassman's side-splitting new show tumbles down the rabbit hole -- a mind-bending journey where nothing is as it seems.
Chuck and Ted E. Bare are back, transformed by a strange 'wish" into bizzaro-alternate selves. The road home may be scary for Strassman… but an hilarious scream for us!
What have the critics said? At the Edinburgh Festival, The List said “Absolute genius. The writing is truly superb and the performance – or should that be performances? – breathtaking in linguistic and ventriloquistic dexterity. Takes the ancient art of ventriloquism up several notches.”