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Wellington loves a good long weekend - a well-timed break from routine and the chance to make the most of a quality stay-cation. It's also the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and get amongst our action-packed events scene. Enjoy some royally-good fun on stage this Queen's Birthday weekend and beyond with some of our top picks.
One of the greatest plays of the 20th century, this witty and poetic story tells the tale of two men awaiting the arrival of an elusive figure Godot, who never shows. While they wait, they ponder the mysteries of life and get into all kinds of mischief. This emotionally-charged tragicomedy truly does leap off the stage and into your heart.
This one-of-a-kind event is the perfect opportunity for art connoisseurs and novices alike to become immersed in a stunning showcase of New Zealand art. With thousands of original and affordable works on display from both emerging and established artists, you're sure to find just the piece (or two) to add to your own personal collection.
A dramatic and provocative retelling of the classic Swan Lake, this contemporary version explores the themes of seduction, betrayal and redemption. Temptation is all around as our hero, caught between two women, struggles with love, pure evil, and most of all himself. 'Black Swan, White Swan' is a daring journey of epic emotions.
Secondary students from around the country will congregate in an outstanding showcase of the literary great's most iconic scenes during the Sheilah Winn Festival. An exciting fusion of theatre, dance, music and culture; stay for the day or pop in throughout the long weekend to see impressive young talent take to the stage.
The annual indigenous theatre festival returns for its fifth year, with around 160 artists performing across a variety of stages this June. The line-up begins with Shel We, a playfully intriguing and visually stunning dance show choreographed by Tupua Tigafua, and I Ain’t Mad At Cha, an award-winning rap musical set in 1999 that portrays a young Māori boy struggling to find his identity as he is judged by his own people.
He’s performed on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, featured in Flight of the Conchords, and now the unconventional comic Demetri Martin brings his unique stand-up to Wellington. Get ready to laugh along to deadpan one-liners, satirical drawings, and an eclectic array of musical instruments to accompany his jokes.
The iconic musical trio is returning to the capital for one night only! With their distinctive operatic voices accompanied by guitar and piano, this intimate concert will mark a return to the group’s roots of charming storytelling and singing. Don’t miss this chance to see them before they once again head away to focus on their solo careers.
See Emma, Lachy, Anthony, Simon, and all their Wiggly Friends live in concert as they sing and dance to all their songs kids know and love. Featuring their brand new friend Shirley Shawn the Unicorn, and with different styles of dance accompanied by instruments like drums, keyboards, and guitars, it's set to be their most fun show yet!
Wellington's annual Jazz Festival returns with over 150 performances from a variety of solo artists and ensembles. You could be enjoying tunes from the energetic funk group Ghost-Note, the ground-breaking trumpet sounds from Ambrose Akinmusire, or the pristine vocals of mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja. From headline acts on the big stage to intimate gigs in cosy bars, you're sure to find something that will be music to your ears.
With only five matches remaining in the National Basketball League season, the action on the court will be heating up as the team gears up for a fourth-consecutive finals appearance. With an undefeated record so far, make sure you're there to cheer on the Saints in what is sure to be an outstanding display of fast-paced basketball magic!
Direct from Melbourne, the greatest Broadway musical of all time is about to visit Wellington for its exclusive New Zealand season. West Side Story takes a modern twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet story, with two lovers caught in the crossfire as rival street gangs clash in 1950’s New York City. With a world-famous musical score, this cultural icon fuses dance, music, and theatre to create an unmissable stage production.