"A recipe of energy, happiness and predictability from "Te Vaka" won over the capacity crowd at the Regent Theatre last night. Polyphonic drumming is the group's signature (as well as dancing) and won the greatest applause."
"Auckland actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand streamlined in gold and spangle and wrapped in a full length fur coat sketched the life of Marlene Dietrich through song. The Glenroy Auditorium is the place to be… Absolutely top class."
"The real strength of this production is no longer in the story, but in the acting, and Adele Robbins and William Russ (from The Actors' Gang) more than meet the challenge. Their considered characterisations create the feeling of the moment, and the play is well written, well balanced, well paced and well directed."
"Nigel Collins and Toby Leach perform with such faultless dexterity and timing… with no scenery or props, and aided by excellent lights and sound these two versatile, athletic actors produce an astonishing number of effects. 'Wheeler's Luck' is the funniest thing I have seen for a long time, and the capacity audience shook with helpless laughter for much of the performance."
"A full house at the Glenroy Auditorium gave pianist Michael Houstoun a standing ovation after a spell-binding solo recital… he is still our best pianist by a considerable margin…This was a great recital by a great pianist."
Tibetan monk the Venerable Geshe Jamyang creates a Chenrezig sand mandala over the full ten days of the Festival.
"Tumultuous applause brought the Trio back for a well-received Bach encore. They were given a standing ovation from the capacity audience (even the gods were open in the Town Hall for this concert) drawing to a close a fabulous musical occasion."
"The inaugural Writers & Readers programme was so popular that the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium was filled to overflowing on several occasions, with people sitting in the foyer."
(Prof Lloyd Geering pictured on the left)
"As a stage pastiche of the war to end all wars "King & Country" is a superb, evocative offering. The cast of five actors filing the roles of NZ soldiers caught up in the fearsome toils of WWI captured well the sinew and spirit of those who went abroad to fight the foe."
"While Latin-American dancing has been popular globally, it is rare to have the chance to see it on stage. So it was of particular interest that "Ballet Concierto", an Argentina- based company, was viewed by the audience at the Regent. The company of 13 illustrated their classical training with a collection of virtuoso works…. The irresistible music and movements of the tango founded 'Destino Buenos Aires' which the dancers performed with natural expression and characterisation."
"Outstanding NZ choral work well received… some of the work's most vibrant sounds from the pounding of the log drums to the gentle strumming of the ukulele-like strings…"
"Hersch's stand-up comedy take on allegedly respected music is fast and furious. His personable delivery, likable stage presence, quick wit and ability to judge and work an audience without making them cringe make for a great entertainment."
Right in the heart of the city the Festival presented a line up of hot performers who encouraged Festival patrons to enjoy the Festival spirit through to the wee small hours each night.