Saturday, February 13, 2016

Word Christchurch News


Welcome to 2016 and the first of many events we’ll be bringing you this year, culminating in the four-day extravaganza of the WORD festival, 25—28 August.

After the success of last year’s How to be a Feminist event, we are once again streaming live from the Sydney Opera House on International Women’s Day. This time there will be two sessions, with afternoon tea served in between. 

3—4.15pm WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE? Featuring Masha Gessen, Crystal Lameman, Mallory Ortberg, Ann Sherry & Anne- Marie Slaughter

If you could change the world overnight, what would you do first?

5—6pm ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK with Piper Kerman

Meet the real life Piper Kerman, otherwise known as inmate #11187-424. You may know the story from the Netflix series based on her bestselling memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.

Presented in association with Sydney Opera House and UC Arts.

Sunday 6 March
3pm (seated by 2.45pm) — 6pm
LAW108 Lecture Theatre, Business and Law building,
Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury


World poetry slam champ Anis Mojgani is returning to Christchurch on March 17 and 19, following sell-out shows at our 2014 festival. Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Don’t miss this opportunity as there may not be another!

LISTEN to his interview on RNZ National recently. 
WATCH a video of Anis performing ‘Come Closer’ 

In partnership with the 2016 New Zealand Festival Writers Week and Golden Dawn Auckland and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

More information on our website. 

Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Thursday 17 March, 8pm
Christchurch Art Gallery, Saturday 19 March, 7pm
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The Catch Lunch with Nicolas Fargues, renowned French author, 2015 Goncourt Prize nominee and the latest Randell Cottage resident in Wellington.

Nicolas will join author and WORD Christchurch Literary Director Rachael King and Catch guests at Tequila Mockingbird. Tickets include a delicious lunch and sparkling water. Hurry! Tickets are limited.
Wednesday, 2 March, 12—2pm
Tequila Mockingbird, Victoria Street
Tickets $40 

For booking and more information visit the Catch website.


Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti are Speed of Light: international contemporary classics that will showcase the energy, precision and charisma of New Zealand’s national ballet, under the artistic leadership of Francesco Ventriglia. Touring to Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin and featuring the New Zealand String Quartet performing live onstage, this is an unmissable start to the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2016 season.
Isaac Theatre Royal
10 – 12 March

More information & tickets

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