What’s On

Music, music, music! We celebrate New Zealand Music Month in May, alongside Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and Tech Week, while June brings us the National Flash Fiction Awards. We've still managed to squeeze in some authors though - a speculative writers special, a Book Day Triptych and a Storytime Train!


The Good Gray Poet
For its latest exhibition, the Reed Gallery are honouring American poet, Walt Whitman. The 31st May 2019 marks the 200th birthday of one of the most important literary figures of the 19th century.
Daily until Sunday 7th July
Reed Gallery, 3rd Floor, City Library

NZ Music Month:
Musicians of Dunedin will be gifting free gigs to the people of Dunedin throughout May in celebration of New Zealand Music Month.

New Zealand Music Month: Nook & Cranny Music Festival 4.0
We’re launching New Zealand Music Month in the Libraries with style! More than 40 performances from amazing local artists. Classical, contemporary, conventional & experimental - something for everyone, including the kids. Proudly supported by Dunedin Public Libraries, Strawberry Sound, Action Engineering and NZ Music Month.
Sunday 5th May, 11am-4pm, Dunedin City Library

City Library Gigs in the Ground Floor Gig Hub – Wednesdays from 5.30pm throughout May:

  • 8th May: Let’s hear it for the boys
  • 15th May: Vinyl on Deck
  • 22nd May: Polka Dots and Black Hats
  • 29th May: Jam with Everything

Friday 31st May: Music Month Finale
Join us for our final gig night with Before the Snooze & friends. Rock it up with an early gig to get you in party mood for the night.

5.30pm, Ground floor Gig Hub, City Library

Port Chalmers Gigs at the Library – Thursday evenings throughout May

City Library’s Weekend Lunch and Listen:
Bring your lunch, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy the sounds of…
1.30pm Saturday 11th May – Dunedin Rock Choir
12noon Saturday 18th May – Dunedin Harmony Chorus

Music for Mosgiel
Friday 17th May, 6pm – Dee Street Blues

More gig dates around the libraries to be announced. Keep an eye on our Music Month page for full details.

Going Local Dunedin 2019 - How the NZ Music Industry Can Help You!

Ever wanted to know more about the music industry and where you should look for help?

Come along and ask our expert panel about anything music related!

Friday 10th May, 5.30pm, Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library

Tech Week 2019:
Tech Support @ South Dunedin - Friday, May 3, 2019 from 11am to 12:30pm
Problems with your phone, tablet or computer? Want to improve your skills? Get help from us at the South Dunedin Library. Classes available include:How to use Google Apps; Introduction to the cloud; and many more

Tech for Seniors: A guide to keeping yourself safe online
Presented by Jamie Vaughan, ICT Manager for Gallaway Cook Allan Lawyers, Member of Institute of Information Technology Professionals NZ. A fun, free and informative session for seniors who use computers, tablets, ipads or mobile devices. Jamie will talk about good habits, tips and tricks to keep your data and personal information safe in the ever-changing technological landscape. All welcome.
City Library Gig Hub, Ground Floor – Tuesday 21st May, 11am

Plug and Play: Electric Vehicle Panel
Join us to find out what’s involved in owning, driving and maintaining an EV.
Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, 5.30pm Wednesday 22nd May

New Truths?
Join Jamie Vaughan, ICT Manager of Galloway Cook Allen Lawyers, to learn about how to navigate the shark-infested waters of social media. Learn key critical evaluation skills: how to spot fake news and avoid click bait.
All welcome.
Gig City Living Hub, Ground Floor – Thursday 23rd May, 5.30pm

Author Talks:

Hort Talk: Wild Writing
Readings of the top ten entries to the Wild Writing Competition 2019. All welcome.
Dunedin Botanic Garden Information Centre, 12 noon Friday 3rd May

Dunedin Speculative Fiction Entrée – Fantasy Author Panel
Fantasy and Sci-fi authors: RL Stedman, Carolyn McCurdie, Debbie Howell, Daniel Stride, Mark McCabe and Kura Carpenter read a bite-sized taster from their novels. Book sales available (cash only). Plus the opportunity to win FREE books on the night!
RSVP advised: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
For more information: https://dunedinspeculativefiction.co.nz/
Tuesday 7th May, 5.30pm, Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library

Book Day, Tuesday 22nd May
Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature. Dunedin Public Libraries, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and Dunedin Public Art Gallery join forces to bring you three opportunities to enjoy books today:
5pm – 6pm : WRITER, ROB TIPA talks about his book Treasures of Tane at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
6pm :  Music Month Special - Dr Ian Chapman reads from his book The Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening and performs a song or two from the Dunedin Sound era with some of his current and former students at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

National Flash Fiction Awards
Hear the winning stories from this year's national competition (Adult, Te Reo Māori and Youth categories). Prize-givings, guest readers and more! https://nationalflash.org/
Saturday 22nd June, 2-4pm, Blueskin Bay Library