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The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture. For three weeks, once every two years, the Festival transforms Wellington into a thriving, enlivening festival city, abuzz with the best arts and artists from around the world.

From 23 February – 18 March 2018, come and experience art for everyone, everywhere. On the streets, along the waterfront, in stately theatres, tucked down laneways, on the beach and around the region. Take your pick of world-class theatre, dance, music and so much more to create a fabulous, mind-expanding arts experience just for you.

There’s theatre, dance, music, writers, the visual arts – and more besides. Forget sleep. Staying home is not an option. Find out what great art can do for you.

 Want the best seats at the best price, and more? Join The Culture Club, New Zealand Festival’s loyalty programme for people who love art, culture and creativity.

Festival events:

The Piano: the ballet

A new ballet work inspired by the stunning 1993 Jane Campion film The Piano and performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

23 – 25 Feb 2018 | St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Kupe: New Zealand Festival Opening Night

Join thousands on Wellington’s stunning waterfront for the once-in-a-lifetime 2018 New Zealand Festival opening event.

23 Feb 2018 | Wellington Waterfront, Wellington


A multi-award-winning collaboration, Rushes is an inter-arts experience like no other.

23 Feb – 4 Mar 2018 | Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Teeks: A Song For You

Teeks performs an intimate showcase of his own heart-rending catalogue, as well as songs that have shaped his musical palette.

24 Feb 2018 | Odlins Plaza, 21 Cable St, Wellington

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