Arts & Culture

Programmes

24 Frames: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

A documentary paying tribute to Jonathan Dennis - first director of the New Zealand Film Archive.

An Indescribable Beauty

Wellington, 1859, and a young German immigrant by the name of Friedrich August Krull writes a series of letters home to his mother.

Appointment

Get to know more about a special topic or interesting musician.

Are Angels OK

A series of programmes arising from a collaboration between eminent New Zealand writers and physicists.

Arts on Sunday

Arts on Sunday is literally radio with pictures... and theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

At The Movies

A weekly topical magazine about current film releases and film related topics.

Backstage at the Met

Paul Bushnell goes backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera to find out how a production is staged.

Composers on Camera

Thomas Goss explores how movies portray composers as lovers, heroes, spiritual figures, and even madmen.

Down The List

Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That’s right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of.

Expo Belle Epoque

In memory of Claude Debussy and Frederick Delius, both born 150 years ago, and in recognition of a time of phenomenal development, in the arts, sciences and social history we turned 22 August 2012 over to the era 1880-1914.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music.

Go Solo

Graduating actors from Toi Whakaari perform their solo shows.

How Will Opera Survive?

The Future of Opera in the contemporary world of mass popular culture, digital technology and global financial crisis.

Janet Frame Memorial Lectures

Intended to help improve understanding of what it means to be a writer in New Zealand, the Janet Frame Memorial Lectures deliver an overview of the state of the nation’s literature from the point of view of one of its most active authors.

Journey to Haida Gwaii

A Haida language play revitalises a community facing their language's extinction.

Lilburn Lecture

The inaugural Lilburn Lecture was delivered by Philip Norman in November 2013.

Lili Kraus

Poets exalted, school children cheered and music-lovers hungrily devoured the post-war concerts given in NZ by Hungarian-born pianist Lili Kraus. Charlotte Wilson presents a tribute to the life and work of this remarkable woman.

Literary Translation: Art or Echo?

A four part New Zealand Society feature series looking at the role of the literary translator and the role of translations in society.

New Shorts

Short plays by emerging writers and writers new to audio drama.

Nine To Noon

From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.

Ron and Zillah Castle: Their sweet compulsion

A story of poetry, pharmaceuticals, teaching, collecting and above all, music.

Screens in Motion

While New Zealand is enjoying being in the spotlight for the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand On Screen is putting New Zealand's film and television heritage front and centre.

Smart Talk at the Auckland Museum

A series of panel discussions recorded before an audience at the Auckland Museum, as part of the popular LATE at the Museum evenings.

Standing Room Only

Previously Arts on Sunday, Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

Summer Sonic

Summer Sonic brings a range of features and documentaries, starting Thursday 26 December 2013

TED Radio Hour

A weekly journey through fascinating ideas.

The Drama Hour

The best of New Zealand’s writing, acting and directing talent.

The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck

Norm Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist.

The Lonesome Buckwhips

Justin Gregory investigates the phenomenon that is The Lonesome Buckwhips, through interviews with the band members, expert commentary and archival material.

The Rake's Progress

Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky,

The Reading

Readings of New Zealand novels, short stories and short dramas, adapted for radio by Radio New Zealand.

The Returning

A tribute to New Zealand poets Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell.

The Sunday Feature

Something different from the wide world of music features.

The Trouble Begins at Eight

A four-part documentary series on American author Mark Twain’s 1895 lecture tour of New Zealand.

These Hopeful Machines

A six-part series in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music.

Upbeat

What's going on in the world of music and the arts? From the concert hall to the cinema, we talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists - Upbeat finds out what makes them tick.

Writers and Readers Festivals

Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.

You Call This Art?

Filmmakers, performance artists, musicians, actors, sculptors and writers explore their approach to creating art.

You Me... Now!

An urban drama about Alice and her friends - their families, flatmates, loves, losses, music… and misunderstandings.

Collections

Audiostorium

A collection of book readings, major dramas, drama series, children’s stories and other stuff available to listen to any time you want.

Audiostorium - Dramas

Kiwi audio drama and comedy available online.

Audiostorium - Readings

Stories and readings available to listen to online.

Celebrating 60 Years of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman head behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.

Crime Writing

Interviews with Neil Cross, Ian Rankin, Kate Atkinson, Peter Temple, Paddy Richardson, Paul Cleave and other writers of crime fiction.

Film Festival

A collection of interviews and ephemera about movies.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Roger Wilson reads the Grimm versions of some of the fairytales, which are kind, cruel, occasionally shocking and other times just absurd... but always entertaining! Enjoy!

In conversation with Eleanor Catton

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has won the Man Booker prize for English language literature.

Kate's Klassics

Conversations on classic literature with poet Kate Camp and Kim Hill.

Margaret Mahy (1936–2012)

Remembering children's author Margaret Mahy.

New Zealand Festival

Festival related news, reviews & interviews.

NZ Festival guests on Nine to Noon

New Zealand Festival guests on Nine to Noon

NZ Readings on Afternoons

New Zealand readings during Afternoons with Simon Mercep

Poetry with Cliff Fell

Poetry with Night's arts ambassador Cliff Fell.

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring is still provocative and disturbing a century after its première caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history.

The Wednesday Drama

Dramas during Nights with Bryan Crump

Writing for audio drama

Information about submitting audio drama scripts, proposals or ideas, including tips about duration, format and style.