Arts & Culture
A documentary paying tribute to Jonathan Dennis - first director of the New Zealand Film Archive.
Wellington, 1859, and a young German immigrant by the name of Friedrich August Krull writes a series of letters home to his mother.
Get to know more about a special topic or interesting musician.
A series of programmes arising from a collaboration between eminent New Zealand writers and physicists.
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.
A weekly topical magazine about current film releases and film related topics.
Paul Bushnell goes backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera to find out how a production is staged.
Thomas Goss explores how movies portray composers as lovers, heroes, spiritual figures, and even madmen.
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.
A series chronicling the past, present and future of New Zealand Theatre.
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.
News, reviews and interviews from the Auckland Arts Festival.
Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music.
Graduating actors from Toi Whakaari perform their solo shows.
A guide to assist the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of classical music.
The Future of Opera in the contemporary world of mass popular culture, digital technology and global financial crisis.
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.
A Haida language play revitalises a community facing their language's extinction.
The Lilburn Lecture is jointly organised by the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull library. Named after the New Zealand composer who instigated the Archive of New Zealand Music within the Turnbull Library and established the Lilburn Trust, the lecture is held annually on Douglas Lilburn’s birthday, 2nd November. Speakers are invited to talk on a subject of their choosing about music and New Zealand.
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.
A four part New Zealand Society feature series looking at the role of the literary translator and the role of translations in society.
Short plays by emerging writers and writers new to audio drama.
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.
A story of poetry, pharmaceuticals, teaching, collecting and above all, music.
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.
A series of panel discussions recorded before an audience at the Auckland Museum, as part of the popular LATE at the Museum evenings.
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 brings a range of features and documentaries, starting Thursday 26 December 2013
A weekly journey through fascinating ideas.
The best of New Zealand’s writing, acting and directing talent.
Norm Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist.
Justin Gregory investigates the phenomenon that is The Lonesome Buckwhips, through interviews with the band members, expert commentary and archival material.
Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky,
Readings of New Zealand novels, short stories and short dramas, adapted for radio by Radio New Zealand.
A tribute to New Zealand poets Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell.
Something different from the wide world of music features.
A four-part documentary series on American author Mark Twain’s 1895 lecture tour of New Zealand.
Music, sport, media, travel and the people and places around us.
A six-part series in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music.
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.
Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.
Filmmakers, performance artists, musicians, actors, sculptors and writers explore their approach to creating art.
An urban drama about Alice and her friends - their families, flatmates, loves, losses, music… and misunderstandings.
A collection of book readings, major dramas, drama series, children’s stories and other stuff available to listen to any time you want.
Kiwi audio drama and comedy available online.
Stories and readings available to listen to online.
New Zealand actors give their own interpretations of Shakespearean Monologues.
Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman head behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.
Interviews with Neil Cross, Ian Rankin, Kate Atkinson, Peter Temple, Paddy Richardson, Paul Cleave and other writers of crime fiction.
A collection of interviews and ephemera about movies.
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!
New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has won the Man Booker prize for English language literature.
Conversations on classic literature with poet Kate Camp and Kim Hill.
Remembering children's author Margaret Mahy.
Festival related news, reviews & interviews.
Celebrating New Zealand Artists on the World Stage
New Zealand Festival guests on Nine to Noon
Interview with the finalists in this year's awards.
New Zealand readings during Afternoons with Simon Mercep
Poetry with Night's arts ambassador Cliff Fell.
A collection of conversations with poets, about poems, including poetry.
Robots, androids, automata, cyborgs artificial intelligence...
The Rite of Spring is still provocative and disturbing a century after its première caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history.
Dramas during Nights with Bryan Crump
A roundup of Radio New Zealand contributors giving their 'best ofs' for 2014.
Remembering one of our most celebrated writers.
Information about submitting audio drama scripts, proposals or ideas, including tips about duration, format and style.