Historical Events - Arts

27 Jul 1928The Well of Loneliness - a lesbian-themed novel by Radclyffe Hall is published
It was judged obscene by a British court and banned
Sep 1976The Back Street Theatre tours the country
The group is formed by the National Radical Feminist Caucus
1980Blood of the Lamb by Bruce Mason premieres, Christchurch
The play focuses on a lesbian couple with child
May 1980Squeeze by Richard Turner - New Zealand's first gay feature film premieres
It was originally titled Night Moves
22 Apr 1983Topp Twins perform at Circa Theatre [Wellington, New Zealand]
21 Mar 1989If I Should Die, a book by Tom McLean is launched at Turnbull House [Wellington, New Zealand]
McLean dies a few days later from an AIDS related illness
1991Dangerous Desires by Peter Wells is published
1991The Every so slightly naughty Gay BC cookbook by the Gay Broadcasting Collective of Access Radio is published
1991The Shining City by Stevan Eldred-Grigg is published
25 Aug 1991Sue Dunlop performs Better Than Normal in Wellington
Performance held at North by Northwest cafe
9 Nov 1991Heather McPherson launches Other World Relations at Unity Books, Wellington
1992A pink book : a collection of readings on aspects of EEO and gay men by Phil Parkinson is published
1993Aphrodisia by Michael Parmenter (choreographer, dancer) premieres at the Hero Festival
1993Sweet and Sour Cocktails by Robert Leek is published
Nov 1993Devotion: a lesbian and gay celebration is published
Published by Sprung! Productions and Caspers
1994The body of Man by David Herkt is published
1995A Long Undressing created and performed by Michael Parmenter premieres
1995Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Witi Ihimaera is published
Feb 1995Devotion 95: a gay and lesbian celebration by Elizabeth Smith and Rachell Rose is published
26 May 1995Poor Superman by Brad Fraser opens at Circa Theatre [Wellington, New Zealand]
Links: National Library
1996Growing up gay : New Zealand men tell their stories by James Allan is published
19 Jan 1996Eugenia (play) premieres at Taki Rua Depot Theatre [Wellington, New Zealand]
Written by Lorae Parry and based on the life of Eugenia Falleni
Links: Wikipedia
1997Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Peter Wells and Rex Pilgrim is published [(nationwide), New Zealand]
1997Emerging tribe: gay culture in New Zealand in the 1990s by Nigel Gearing is published [New Zealand]
1998Vanity fierce by Graeme Aitken is published [(nationwide), New Zealand]
9 Apr 1998Dare, Truth or Promise by Paula Boock wins the NZ Post Children's Book Award [(nationwide), New Zealand]
Links: Wikipedia
1999Get used to it! children of gay and lesbian parents by Pat Rosier and Myra Hauschild published [(nationwide), New Zealand]
1999When two men embrace: the New Zealand anthology of gay and lesbian poetry by Jonathan Fisher published [(nationwide), New Zealand]
2000Laurie Guy's thesis Worlds in Collision: The Gay Debate in New Zealand 1960-86
2001Sucking feijoas by Jeff Buchanan is published
2002The Penguin book of gay Australian writing by Graeme Aitken is published
2003Gender and women's studies. Queer sexualities, histories and politics is published by Victoria University of Wellington
2004From Freyberg : a novel by Bill Edginton is published
2005Outlines: lesbian and gay histories of Aotearoa is published by Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand
12 Apr 2007Corner 4am and Cuba by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
Jun 2008Mates and Lovers, a History of Gay New Zealand by Chris Brickell is published
10 Sep 2008Composer Chris Gendall wins the 2008 APRA SOUNZ Contemporary award [Auckland, New Zealand]
Chris receives the award during the APRA Silver Scroll Awards event held in Auckland
Links: RNZ
10 Sep 2008The Topp Twins are inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame [Auckland, New Zealand]
The Topp Twins receive the honour during the APRA Silver Scroll award event in Auckland
2009Teddy by Number 8 Films is released
Apr 2009Bud by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
12 Sep 2009The Vintner's Luck has its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
The film is based on Elizabeth Knox's novel
Links: Wikipedia
23 Sep 2009Mates and Lovers play by Ronald Trifero Nelson premieres, Wellington
12 Nov 2009The Vintner's Luck has its New Zealand premiere. [New Zealand]
Based on Elizabeth Knox's novel.
Links: Wikipedia
2010Communication by Number 8 Films is released
2010Men Alone, Men Together by Mark Beehre is published
2011The Colonel's Outing by Number 8 Films is released
12 Mar 2011Queen of the Whole Universe (a slightly queer beauty pageant) takes place at the Opera House [Wellington, New Zealand]
Links: Scoop
20 May 2017The Topp Twins exhibtion shows at Te Manawa Musuem [Palmerston North, New Zealand]
The exhibition, curated by Sian Torrington, runs from 20 May - 29 October 2017
23 May 2017Butch: a photographic exploration by Rachel Hoskin exhibits at Te Manawa Musuem [Palmerston North, New Zealand]
The exhibition runs from 23 May - 18 June 2017.
16 Jun 2017Purple Onion - a dance work inspired by the drag venue - is performed by Le Moana at the Hannah Playhouse [Wellington, New Zealand]
The dance work had two performances - Friday and Saturday night at 9.30pm
Links: Stuff