The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand is the premier association for entertainers and performing artists in this country. The organisation was formed in 1966 to foster the friendship and cooperation of members and to promote goodwill in the entertainment industry. Although based in Auckland we are proud to have a membership spanning across New Zealand and the world.
Our popular monthly social evenings are allow members to network in a friendly atmosphere and showcase a wide variety of entertainment.
Regular performances of The Amazing VAC Variety Show provide a public showcase of our members.
Our monthly membership magazine Inside Entertainment serves to keep us in touch with news and the activities of VAC members here and abroad, along with regular articles about the history of variety entertainment in this country.
The highlight of our calendar is the annual Benny Award Evening. This is a black-tie event featuring performances by legends of New Zealand entertainment and the presentation of prestigious industry awards such as the Agnew Award for Excellence, Top Variety Artist, Top Musician and the Rising Star Award.
The highest honour bestowed by the Variety Artists Club is the Benny Award, which is presented annually for a lifetime of excellence in the entertainment industry. Previous recipients include icons of Kiwi entertainment such as Sir Howard Morrison, Dame Malvina Major, Rob Guest, Max Cryer, Gray Bartlett, Ray Columbus, Billy T. James and Larry Morris. The 2015 Benny Award recipient was Johnny Devlin MNZM.
New members to the VAC are most welcome. Membership is open to those with a connection to the entertainment industry – performers, musicians, actors, writers, agents, those involved with the technical aspects of production etc. We charge a small annual fee to help cover expenses. Members receive an open invitation to our monthly events, a subscription to Inside Entertainment, advance-notice of our public events and concerts and a financial discount at supporting businesses.
For further information please get in contact with a member of the committee.
Click here to download the VAC membership application form.
Join our Facebook Group for regular updates at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/varietyartistsclubgroup/
Full List of 2016 VAC Award Recipients
|Benny Award||Suzanne Prentice OBE|
|Agnew Award for Excellence||Roger Skinner|
|Fullers Entertainment Award||Paul Ellis MNZM|
|Limelight Productions International Achievement Award||Sam Wills (Tape Boy)|
|Pacific Entertainment Award for Top Female Vocalist||Jackie Clarke|
|Pub Charity Top Male Artist Award||Chet O'Connell|
|Nostalgia Award||Ngoi Pēwhairangi|
|Pat McMinn Rising Star Award||Molly G Paige|
|Top Group Award||Dreams : The Fleetwood Mac Experience|
|NZEA Top Musician Award||John McGough|
|Rielly Comedy Award||Dai Henwood|
|Lou Clauson Top Variety Artist Award||Mick Peck|
|Top Children's Entertainer Award (Sponsored by Royce Creamer)||Paula Wray (Trixie the Fairy)|
|Unsung Hero Award||Robert Katipa (snr)|
|VAC Scrolls of Honour||Kylie Austin |
VAC Awards :
Click an award name for more information and a full list of recipients :
The Benny Award
VAC Scrolls of Honour
Agnew Award for Excellence
International Achievement Award
The Fullers Entertainment Award
The Pat McMinn Rising Star Award
The Rielly Comedy Award
Top Children’s Entertainer Award
Top Female Artist
Top Male Artist
Top Variety Artist
Unsung Hero Award