2011 REAL New Zealand Festival

This was the official website for the 2011 REAL New Zealand Festival, a nationwide Festival running alongside Rugby World Cup 2011 from 9 September to 23 October.

The Festival celebrated all that is special about New Zealand and New Zealanders – the people, the places and hundreds of events and experiences throughout the country.

Music, theatre, the arts, food and wine, business, cultures, lifestyle and sport – our country, our people, our stories; hundreds of events across the whole country, and all for you.

Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages plus a press release regarding the 2011 REAL Festival from an outside source.

Fact Sheet The REAL New Zealand Festival A festival of Rugby. A festival of the country.
Fact Sheet
The REAL New Zealand Festival
A festival of Rugby. A festival of the country.
What is the REAL New Zealand Festival
The REAL New Zealand Festival is a nationwide Festival running alongside Rugby World Cup 2011 from 9 September to 23 October.

The Festival celebrates all that is special about New Zealand and New Zealanders – the people, the places and hundreds of events and experiences throughout the country.

Music, theatre, the arts, food and wine, business, cultures, lifestyle and sport – our country, our people, our stories; hundreds of events across the whole country, and all for you.

What’s so special?

This is the first time a Rugby World Cup host nation has staged a nationwide festival alongside the Tournament. It is the biggest festival New Zealand has ever staged and it includes a number of iconic events which have had their timing shuffled to align with the Festival – including the Auckland International Boat Show.

It includes headline events with iconic New Zealand stars – Dame Kiri is heading home for a Festival event with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – alongside community events highlighting grassroots Rugby in New Zealand.

What parts of the Festival are happening on Queens Wharf?
Queens Wharf is a major event hub within the REAL New Zealand Festival. Specific REAL New Zealand Festival events on Queens Wharf include REAL New Zealand Music on Tour concerts, REAL New Zealand Music on Screen, the New Zealand on Screen project, Oranges at Half Time Exhibition and Rural Sports’ Trans-Tasman sheep shearing and wood chopping event.

REAL New Zealand Music on Tour showcases the very best of our diverse and distinctive, contemporary New Zealand music.

The REAL New Zealand Music on Screens – three, two-hour music video compilations featuring the best New Zealand music and music videos to play in the Fanzone

New Zealand On Screen – an engaging and surprising interactive experience using stacked shipping containers as storytelling vessels and celebrating New Zealand screen icons and movies

The REAL New Zealand Rural Sports Competition: a celebration of iconic New Zealand rural sports with the best of New Zealand taking on the best of Australia in shearing, wood chopping and sheep dog trials – right in the heart of the central city.

Oranges at Halftime exhibition celebrates the grassroots origins of Rugby in New Zealand; white shorts and muddy paddocks, Dad on the sidelines and Mum serving pies.

 

 

A man holding a large conch shell

The REAL New Zealand Festival brings your Rugby World Cup 2011 experience alive with a nationwide celebration of New Zealand arts, food and wine, heritage, culture, entertainment, business and lifestyle.

With events all over the country, there’ll be plenty of reasons to take the long way round as you travel from match to match.

Boys looking for shellfish at the beach

An unforgettable experience

Events will showcase all that’s important to New Zealand and New Zealanders. If it’s quintessentially Kiwi, chances are it’ll be there.

The Festival is for visitors and locals alike – whether you’re dropping in to catch some world-class Rugby or simply taking the opportunity to explore your own back yard.

International opera superstar Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Photo credit: John Swannell

Photo credit: John Swannell

Arts

Discover New Zealand’s rich and vibrant arts scene in a programme featuring the best of the traditional and contemporary.

See Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and friends accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, or check out a one-man show from leading New Zealand playwright Hone Kouka about Kiwi rugby hero, and Kouka’s whanaunga or uncle, George N?pia

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: A Gala Evening

New Zealands own megastar of classical song, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, returns to Auckland for one special concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pietari Inkinen that will capture all the magic of her stellar career.

In an evening of glittering spectacle, Dame Kiri, accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra  (NZSO) and conductor Pietari Inkinen, takes us through a programme of great classics, popular favourites and some of the treasures of New Zealand’s musical heritage.

Dame Kiri’s concert schedule continues undiminished, meeting the ceaseless demands of audiences around the world to hear a voice which retains its finesse and gorgeous lustre. Her concerts draw critical adulation and leave audiences enraptured by the excellence born of her deep commitment to the highest standards in the art of singing.

Recently honoured with the Classical BRITs Lifetime Achievement in Music Award and inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, Dame Kiri has embarked upon an exciting new phase in her career, combining her passion for creating opportunities for young singers with extensive concert-giving, bringing the joy of her artistry to a legion of devoted fans around the world. 

The gala evening starts at 6.30 on Saturday 22 October, 2011.

Presented by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in association with the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

 

Visitors enjoying wine and food at the Marlborough Wine Festival. Photo credit: Jim Tannock

Photo credit: Jim Tannock

Wine and Food

The REAL New Zealand Festival is foody heaven. You be the judge at the Great West Coast Whitebait Challenge, a hard-fought competition to find the best whitebait. Or relish the world’s best oysters at the Savour Bluff Oyster Festival.

Sample wines from over 50 vineyards, matched with succulent local seafood and wild game, at the Marlborough Wine Festival Village. And if you still have room, head to Wairarapa Vintage Wings and Wine, where vintage aircraft provide a unique backdrop for the region’s top local wine and produce.

East Coast Rugby players in action at the rugbyRUCKus. Photo credit: The Gisborne Herald

Photo credit: The Gisborne Herald

Rugby

Rugby’s in our DNA. Simple as that. So hosting Rugby World Cup 2011 is a big deal for us. The REAL New Zealand Festival is a celebration of what it means to be Kiwi, and Rugby-themed events feature large.

Celebrate Nelson as the Birthplace of New Zealand Rugby in a re-enactment of New Zealand’s first-ever Rugby game. And provincial and club rugby sits at the heart of the programme with everything from the national provincial Heartland Championship to a h?ng? and club derby at Tolaga Bay - the East Coast rugbyRUCKus.

New Zealand glass artist Te Rongo Kirkwood with a sculpture

New Zealand culture

The REAL New Zealand Festival is your ticket to experience the real New Zealand, the way New Zealanders see it.

Discover Taranaki’s proud M?ori heritage at the Taranaki International Village. Head to Northland for the Waitangi Welcomes the World festival, the MAORI ART MARKet in Porirua and the Mataatua Iwi Challenge in Bay of Plenty where you’ll meet the REAL people making New Zealand arts and culture what it is today.

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