What's On - Events and Activities in New Plymouth, Taranaki NZ

Bride of the Year

23 May 2015 (Sat)

Theatre Royal - TSB Showplace

Taranaki Bride of the Year. With 29 shows behind them, the team from the LGS Dance Trust is as enthusiastic as ever in delivering another great show.
This year welcomes an exciting new venue The TSB showplace. Elegant Brides will grace the stage wearing their gowns specially chosen for their special day, giving them the opportunity to relive their wedding day. Along with these beautiful Brides, members of their Bridal Party - Bridesmaids, Mothers of the Bride or Groom, darling flower girls and handsome pageboys will also grace the stage. Entrants and the audience alike can be assured of a night of fun and glamour.

Ed Byrne - Roaring Forties

23 May 2015 (Sat)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

A self-confessed "miserable old git" since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties.
While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry: "I am in my forties. Hear me roar!"

"Comedy's holy grail… Go see!" - 4 Stars, Sunday Times, UK
"Byrne is at the top of his game" - 4 Stars, Sunday Telegraph, UK
"Jokes come so fast that hecklers don't have a chance to get a word in edgeways" - 4 Stars, The Times, UK

Important Info: Restricted Strictly R14+

Sleeping Beauty - Moscow Ballet La Classique

27 May 2015 (Wed)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Sleeping Beauty has a special place in the The Russian National Ballet Theatre's repertoire.
One of the most lavish theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890 was a spectacular illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its zenith. Today it remains the cornerstone of The Russian National Ballet Theatre's repertory.

The current staging is directed by Evgeny Amosov. With its huge cast, fairytale settings and glorious Tchaikovsky score Sleeping Beauty remains the very essence of classical grandeur. This version has all the elements of an enduring fairy tale: romance, poetry, fate, goodness versus evil, and of course, love! Don't miss this premiere production!

The Cake and Craft Show

29 May 2015 (Fri) - 1 Jun 2015 (Mon)

TSB Stadium

If you have enjoyed all things creative in the past, now is the time to make the most of it. Great NZ Events proudly brings to you ‘The Cake and Craft Show’, the flagship destination for New Zealand Enterprise, Craft, Inspiration, Cake Decorating and handmade items.
Not just another craft show, this years event will showcase high-end retail craft by some of New Zealand’s top end entrepreneurs, artisans, designers and crafts people. With a proud focus on local handmade, homegrown talent and an opportunity to meet the makers - the vast selection of product categories and special features, demonstrations, workshops and competitions make the Cake and Craft Show, “destination shopping" at its best.
The Cake and Craft Show is created by a passionate team that searches the nation from big cities to small towns for the best-of-the-best and the next generations of talent and new opportunities. Our visitors look to us as the place to discover a wide selection of quality craftsmanship, cake concepts and well-designed goods and services connected to New Zealand.

FIFA U-20 World Cup

30 May 2015 (Sat) - 21 Jun 2015 (Sun)

Stadium Taranaki

The future stars of world football are coming to Taranaki!
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is one of the world's largest sporting tournaments, second only in the football world to the World Cup. From 30 May to 21 June 2015 the action is in NEw Zealand, with seven cities hosting matches, including six matches at New Plymouth's Stadium Taranaki.

Come and see why Stadium Taranaki was judged one of the top places to watch a match in the world, and why New Plymouth has been judged one of the best places to live!

The Pink Floyd Experience - Wish you were here

4 Jun 2015 (Thu)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Nearly 40 years ago Pink Floyd released their 9th studio album. Titled ‘Wish You Were Here”, the album covered themes such as absence, the record industry and the madness of one of their own members. Regarded by many as one of Floyd’s finest works, it went on to be #1 in both the UK and US Billboard charts. This was an album that audiophiles all over the world played on the finest stereo systems as they sought to hear every detail in Pink Floyd’s incredibly complex and groundbreaking music.
To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Wish You Were Here, The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing the album in its entirety. Every detail, every nuance performed live through a state of the art sound system. Imagine stunning sound, fantastic lighting, amazing projections & effects and a passionate 11 piece band performing this legendary classic album with an absolute attention to detail. This concert will be a real treat for any Pink Floyd fans!

A nearly 3 hour show, the first half of the show will have you transported back to 1971’s Meddle and from there you’ll gradually travel through to the 1990’s as the band winds through such classic albums as, Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell. After you have stretched your legs and grabbed a drink at half time you’ll be ready to be immersed totally in Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. 1975 here we come! And to finish off the show the band will deliver a handful of huge Floyd hits.

Taranaki Comedy Club - Dai Henwood

5 Jun 2015 (Fri)

The Basement Bar, Cnr Egmont and Devon Streets

Dai Henwood headlines 2 great nights of the World Famous Taranaki Comedy club.
With Support from 7 Day's Josh Thomson and Hosted by resident Taranaki Comedy Club MC Ben Hurley
These shows will sell out so don't delay, book right now!

Taranaki Arts Trail

13 Jun 2015 (Sat)

If the arts are your thing...
See some of Taranaki's best artists and their works on the Taranaki Arts Trail this June.

Chiefs v Hurricanes

13 Jun 2015 (Sat)

Yarrow Stadium, Maratahu Street, New Plymouth

The Chiefs will take on the Hurricanes in round 18 of Super XV Rugby
The Chiefs are only playing 2 of their 2015 season games at Yarrow Stadium, so make sure you are there to cheer them on!
'Nothing gets the Chiefs fired up like being cheered on by loyal fans'

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 FUTSAL

25 Jun 2015 (Thu) - 29 Jun 2015 (Mon)

By the Wind Wand

An exciting five-a-side version of football is coming to New Plymouth, thanks to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.
Futsal is the world's fastest-growing indoor sport, and the LOC is bringing a newly purchased portable pitch to New Plymouth as part of a national promotion of next year's world cup event.

The Futsal pitch will be in place on the green space next to the Wind Wand car park from 25 to 29 June, with sessions run by Futsal Whites coach Scott Gilligan; one of only 12 FIFA qualified Futsal coaches in the world.

Teams must be registered and spaces are limited

Alan Davies - Little Victories

3 Aug 2015 (Mon)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Alan Davies - Star of television programmes Jonathan Creek and QI returns to New Zealand with 'Little Victories'
A stand up veteran of 25 years, Davies’ virtuosic storytelling and whip-smart funny bones combine to make the all-new ‘Little Victories’ a must-see.
Much lauded as the resident dunderhead on QI, or the charming but reticent crime solver Jonathan Creek, Davies previously toured New Zealand in early 2013 selling out his popular show ‘Life is a Pain’. In 2014 he embarked on a national tour of Australia also selling out ‘Little Victories’ in every city.
At the beginning of his comedy career in 1991, Davies was named Best Young Comic by London’s Time Out magazine. After winning the Edinburgh Festival Critics Award for Comedy in 1994, he also picked up a nomination for the Festival’s prestigious Perrier Award. Davies has in his illustrious career worked regularly as an actor on both the stage and television, including the making of a three-part documentary series Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution (Channel 4), partly based on his autobiographical book My Favourite People and Me.
This multi-talented actor, writer and stand-up comedian has been busy since his last trip to NZ in 2013, touring to Amsterdam, Antwerp and throughout the UK. Jonathan Creek came back to the small screen in 2014 drawing 7.36 million viewers in the UK; Davies also hosts a conversational TV show, As Yet Untitled, airing now in the UK. In addition, his regular Arsenal FC podcast "The Tuesday Club" has surpassed seven million downloads and peaked at number 1 in the UK podcast chart. The ever-popular QI also returns to our screens this year.

Taranaki Arts Festival - Band of Magicians

27 Aug 2015 (Thu) - 30 Aug 2015 (Sun)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Experience real magic at the feature show of the Taranaki International Arts Festival by joining the world's first magic supergroup - Band of Magicians, as they impress even the most skeptical!
Natural showmen, James Galea, Ben Hanlin, Blake Vogt and Adam Mada are four of the hottest young magicians in the world.
Restore your sense of wonder with the Band of Magicians in this contemporary magic show the whole family will love.

Isla Grant

4 Sep 2015 (Fri)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Scotland's legendary singer/songwrite 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.
Al Grant, Isla's genial and talented husband, will join her on-stage to bring his irrepressible humour to the show, also featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves.
Isla's Farewell Concert performance will be a 'Grand' International Concert not to be missed.

The Russian National Ballet - Swan Lake

15 Sep 2015 (Tue)

TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West

Beautiful full length performances of two of the most cherished classical ballets of all time.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre commences a tour of full-length classical performances of Swan Lake in over 15 cities in New Zealand and over 30 cities across Australia from August.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The basis for the creation of the theatre was necessity of promising young theatre with high creative potential, both the classical and contemporary.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre is a cut above many of its rivals.

UB40 Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour

10 Jan 2016 (Sun)

Sentry Hill Winery, 152 Cross Road

UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be returning to New Zealand in early 2016 for their first ever vineyard tour.
One of New Zealand’s much loved festival acts, the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour sees the band headline a series of concerts in some of the country’s most stunning locations and it will be swinging into New Plymouth’s Sentry Hill Winery on Sunday 10 January.
The original line-up of UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey enjoyed huge success over a period of 30 years from 1979 to 2008, with #1 albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, 4 worldwide #1 hits and over 70 million in sales. Now reunited again, they continue to take their smooth yet rootsy blend around the world and their live performances never fail to uplift the audience.

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Taranaki Mountainairs Basketball

TSB Stadium

Meet the Augusta Mountainairs 2015. There are eight teams in the National Basketball League this season, which runs from early April to late June. Play-offs are scheduled for early July.
Each of the eight teams will play nine home and nine away games, plus an ‘extra’ game against three of the league teams.

The Augusta Mountainairs’ extra games will be against the Wellington Saints, Hawkes Bay Hawks and Nelson Giants - the 2014 champs, finalists, and a play-off team, respectively.

See the Taranaki Basketball website for details on local games at the TSB Stadium.

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