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Festival Five

Leafed through the New Zealand Festival programme but can’t make up your mind what to go and see? We asked five well-known and well-informed Wellingtonians for their choice of five Festival gigs, plays, dances, exhibitions or talks that they can’t wait for.

The eagerly awaited once-every-two-years three-week-long Festival starts this Friday but there's still time to get tickets – if you're quick!

Samuel Scott

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Founding member of The Phoenix Foundation, Samuel Scott, may have temporarily relocated to Auckland, but we’re still claiming him as a Wellingtonian. Samuel will be returning to Wellington later this month to join Luke Buda and James Milne, aka Lawrence Arabia, on the NZ Festival Club stage for Arabia-Buda-Scott

Olivia McLeavey

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Olivia McLeavey is director of Cuba Street’s legendary Peter McLeavey Gallery. Olivia’s childhood and adult life has been surrounded by art, artists and art talk. Choosing just five (yes really, only five) of her picks of the New Zealand Festival was a hard task – she’d prefer to make it six or seven.

Paul Schrader

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Paul Schrader can usually be found sporting a winning grin and a striped tee at one of the two restaurants he co-owns: old favourite Nikāu Café or new favourite Rita, and he’s sure to be seen at a gig whenever someone good comes to town – and the New Zealand Festival will be no exception.   

Sarah Laing

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Wellington-based cartoonist, fiction writer, illustrator and graphic designer Sarah Laing is going to be busy over the next three weeks: she's speaking as one of the Three Sarahs and chairing a talk by comic artists Sarah Glidden and Mimi Pond during the New Zealand Festival Readers & Writers programme — not to mention all of those Festival gigs she needs to get to! 

Jos Ruffell

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Jos Ruffell is co-founder of Garage Project, local champion beer brewers and partners of the New Zealand Festival Club. Over the next three weeks you’re most likely to find Jos in one of two places: in the GP garage on Aro Street or the NZ Festival Club pop-up tent on the Wellington waterfront.

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