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You'll find plenty to ignite your imagination here in New Zealand’s culture capital. It's a place packed full of the surprising, the creative and the inspirational. Come discover it all for yourself.
Fans of visual art will find plenty of opportunities to feast their eyes in Wellington, with over 50 galleries dotted around the city. Wellington's public contemporary gallery, City Gallery Wellington, hosts a dazzling array of works by local and international artists. Toi Art, Te Papa's spectacular art gallery, spans two floors with a changing exhibition programme that features some works drawn from the national art collection.
When it comes to live performance, we’re spoiled for choice in Wellington. The ultra-hip BATS Theatre is the birthplace of many performance legends including Flight of the Conchords; Circa Theatre on the waterfront has been entertaining Wellington for over 40 years; and the iconic 100-year-old Opera House has a classic theatre feel perfect for major shows and musical acts.
We love a good arts festival in Wellington, and our compact city centre means they easily bring a vibrant energy to the streets. New Zealand Festival delivers a dangerously delicious dose of the arts on even-numbered years. Marvel at the eclectic, the experimental and the fantastical at NZ Fringe Festival and check out mid-winter musical magic at the Wellington Jazz Festival. While not technically a festival, the internationally renowned World of WearableArt Awards Show captivates audiences with a dazzling combination of fashion, art and theatre.
It won’t take you long to discover that Wellington is full of public art and sculptures. Many of the pieces are kinetic, taking of advantage of the city’s connection to the wind, like the Meridian Wind Walk, Max Patte’s bronze figure Solace in the Wind, and the Water Whirler by famed artist Len Lye. You'll also find poetry hidden along the waterfront as part of the Writers Walk.
Wellington is home to major national arts companies, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. It's also the place where many of our up-and-coming artists study under masters of their craft. With creativity everywhere, there's no better place than Wellington to learn the skills and business of professional art.