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New Year is a special time of celebration for the Chinese community, and you’re invited to join the festivities when Wellington welcomes in the Year of the Pig.
Up-close and in breath-taking detail, see a selection of the remarkable terracotta warriors who secretly guarded the tomb of China's First Emperor for more than 2,000 years. On display are eight warriors and two full-sized horses from the famous terracotta army, as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots, alongside extravagant treasures from imperial tombs in China's ancient capital, Xi'an.
This free outdoor exhibition, inspired by the famous terracotta army, is made up of 38 warrior figures and 2 horses. Artist Xia Nan’s brightly coloured lanterns, which stand at more than two metres tall, bring together two key features of Chinese art and culture – the compelling story of the Terracotta Army alongside the 2000-year-old tradition of lantern-making.
Enjoy group dance performances, crafts and face painting for kids, lantern making workshops, and a special screening of China’s Ghost Army produced by NHNZ and National Geographic as Te Papa celebrates the Year of the Pig.
Aotearoa’s iconic company, Footnote New Zealand Dance, and China’s first contemporary dance company, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, have collaborated to create Hemispheres. This breathtaking triple bill will showcase the technical mastery of Chinese dancers and the powerful physicality that New Zealand dancers are renowned for.
Inspired by the idea of physical and spiritual journeying, artist Kerry Ann Lee has created a ‘dreamscape transit lounge’; a space where visitors to the Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality can rest and ponder before continuing their own journey through the exhibition. Please note that this exhibition is only open to visitors of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.