What's coming up this spring

Plan your spring excursion to Wellington with this compelling seasonal list of events


City Gallery, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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Summoning celestial bodies of stardust, emerge from the Nothingness and embody the elements as we battle on the ballroom floor. The runway has been prepared for you to protest, rebel and celebrate. Vogue! Strut! Serve! Ballroom is coming to Te Whanganui-a-Tara!

Doors open at 5pm, activation by Pati Solomona Tyrell in Oracles at 6.15pm and the savagery will kick off at 7.15pm. Cash bar serving Tuatara beer and Seresin Wine and food available from Nikau Cafe.

Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased before the event online, at the gallery, or by calling 04 913 9032.



Symphonic Dances

Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

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The famous double concerto View From Olympus by Kiwi composer John Psathas ONZM takes you on a rhythmic journey of Greek percussion styles with Sydney percussionist Claire Edwardes and pianist Michael Houstoun.

A crowd favourite, Symphonic Dances is the work that truly established his reputation as Tchaikovsky’s heir as the master of Russian romanticism.



Mahuru Māori: Typography Design with Joe McMenamin

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Celebrate Mahuru Māori with Capital E. We have a wide range of engaging events happening throughout the month. Mahuru Māori challenges beginners & experts to speak, write & sing Te Reo.

Join artist, Joe McMenamin as he teaches how to draw typography including designs inspired by Aotearoa. Suitable for ages 8-12. 



Friends! The Musical Parody

The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

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Friends! The Musical Parody takes a hilarious look and remembers the TV phenomenon that ruled the 90s and became a cultural institution with millions of fans across the globe.

Like the original television series, Friends! The Musical Parody follows the lives of six wacky 20-somethings and goes back in time to celebrate and poke fun at some of their most iconic moments as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.


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Reid & Ruins

The Opera House, 111-113 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Fellow songwriters & long time friends Nadia Reid and Hollie Fullbrook (from the band Tiny Ruins) are hitting the road together in the Springtime for ‘REID & RUINS’ - an 11 date tour across Aotearoa, where they will play songs from their respective albums - solo & together.

Both Nadia and Hollie’s songs start their lives as lyrics carried simply by their guitar melodies and voice. These solo concerts will preserve the power and vulnerability of the original incarnations & offer audiences an evening of great company & music in treasured venues nationwide.


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HOLE - Development Season

Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

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A black comedy about a scientist, an activist, a Marine and one huge HOLE. 

In 1985 the world wakes to the discovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica. It's Wild West days at McMurdo Station and Scott Base. It’s little more than a decade since the US Navy lifted their ban on women traveling to the Ice. Stella, a NZ scientist, Ioane, a US marine from American Samoa, and Bonny, a Greenpeace activist, meet during one Antarctic summer. What unfolds is as dark, funny and monumental as the discovery of the ozone hole itself.



Mahuru Māori: Storytelling with Moira Wairama

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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Come along for a fun morning celebrating Mahuru Māori with Moira Wairama’s legendary storytime! Mahuru Māori challenges beginners & experts to speak, write & sing Te Reo. Suitable for ages 3+.



Little Creators: Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

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What makes a rainbow? Why do things glow? At the end of the day, where does the sun go? Discover the magic and wonder of light in 'Light Years' at Capital E’s PlayHQ.

This new interactive play activation sparks curiosity into science and art, making for an enlightening experience for tamariki aged 5 and under. Drop into PlayHQ to make your own kaleidoscope in their special Little Creators workshop!



Draw, Cook and Eat at Visa Wellington On a Plate

Common Ground Cafe, 34 Moorefield Road, Johnsonville, Wellington

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Giselle Clarkson, of New Zealand biscuit drawing fame, loves drawing food.  She's recently finished drawing lots of fantastic food for Alexandra Tylee's latest cookbook, 'Egg and Spoon: an illustrated cookbook', a beautiful illustrated cookbook for children—and adults—that celebrates imagination, confidence and the fun of cooking.

Join Giselle at Johnsonville Library for an illustration workshop where she'll show you how to draw your favourite food and share her tips and tricks to make food look as appetising on the page as it does on the plate, it's harder than you might think.

Then head to the library's cafe Common Ground to make a recipe from the Egg and Spoon cookbook, Sesame Noodles with Cucumber.


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Mark Hadlow in MAMIL by Gregory Cooper

Harbourside Function Venue, 4 Taranaki St, Wellington

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Mark Hadlow, a New Zealand Theatre icon returns to Wellington as the most polarising of species - a middle aged man in lycra: a MAMIL.

You’ve seen them… maybe you are one of them… one of those cyclists who swap sports cars for super bikes and swarm our roads wearing streamlined helmets and body-hugging outfits, revealing all.

MAMIL will have you laughing yourself giddy as you follow one man’s adventure, transforming from stressed-out property developer to health-conscious road warrior. 



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