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Some special events this week to round off New Zealand Music Month, as well as a first for prizes! Read on...

Made In New Zealand As part of their contribution to New Zealand Music Month, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of essential orchestral works by New Zealand composers. On Wednesday 28 May in the Wellington Town Hall you will hear both old and new music related to the New Zealand outdoors, including two recent works by Gareth Farr, alongside music by Douglas Lilburn, David Hamilton, Ross Harris and conductor Kenneth Young. Don't miss your chance to hear these monuments of New Zealand music, including realistic percussion earthquakes, and a personal message from Sir Edmund Hillary!

Topp Twins Book Launch Jools and Linda Topp's unique blend of music and humour has become a cultural institution, and they're currently in the middle of a South Island tour, celebrating the launch of their new book. Last night the Topp Twins' performance closed the Wordstruck! Book Festival in Dunedin. The tour continues: Wednesday 28 May in Invercargill; Friday 30 + Saturday 31 May in Christchurch (part of the Books & Beyond Festival) Wednesday 4 June in Blenheim; Thursday 5 June in Nelson Check for more details.

We've had some criticism lately that we don't feature enough South Island arts events on and we totally agree. Our problem is that we're only as good as the information we receive. Don't be shy to post your events to the website, and make sure you let everyone in your town know that this promotional tool exists for them. It's your artscalendar!

For Good Young journalist Lisa Pearce is haunted by the abduction and murder of her childhood companion. The killer is now up for parole and when Lisa confronts him she sparks a devastating chain of events, leaving her own life hanging in the balance! Don't miss For Good, the debut feature film created by Wellington's MAP Film productions, receiving its world premiere at the 32nd New Zealand Film Festival in Wellington during July. The film then tours the country with festival seasons in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton, Napier, Tauranga, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Nelson and Queenstown - all before a general release within the year! For Good is written and directed by Stuart McKenzie, stars Michelle Langstone, Adam Gardiner, Tim Balme, and Miranda Harcourt, and, in the spirit of New Zealand Music Month, features a soundtrack by Shayne Carter.

...and speaking of film Our good friends at Rialto Cinemas have given us some movie tickets to give away. We reminded you last week about the discussion forum. We want to encourage all users to take part in some online debate, because it's a great way to share information with as many people as possible, voice opinions, and broaden our online community. So this week, make a post to the forum and be in to win a double pass to see Nicholas Nickleby at a Rialto Cinema of your choice!

Nicholas Nickleby is the acclaimed new interpretation of the classic Dickens novel, directed by Douglas McGrath and starring Charlie Hunnam, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Plummer. Don't forget to include your email address when posting your comments to the forum, to go into the draw.

"I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time." Orson Welles (1915-1985)

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