Find a new you in New Zealand’s creative capital

Whether it’s art, food, theatre, music or dance – Wellington’s colourful arts scene inspires you to be your most creative self.

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Wellington’s arts and culture scene is second to none. The region thrives off creativity with festivals, live music, theatre performances and internationally-recognised gallery exhibitions right throughout the year.

Watch the whole city come alive during our biggest festivals and events throughout the year. Don't miss the Newtown Festival, the largest street festival in the Southern Hemisphere, or get lost in the music and entertainment of CubaDupa, a weekend festival showcasing music, art and Wellington food and culture down the city’s iconic Cuba Street.

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There is never a dull weekend or evening out in Wellington. Take advantage of our ‘gig culture’ and head to local venues to hear talented New Zealand musicians play. Whether it’s a local Wellington band playing at the famous San Francisco Bath House or one of the amazing Wellington Jazz Festival acts, there’s an event for everyone’s taste.

Wellington has renowned live theatre scene and is home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Get in a few laughs during the New Zealand Comedy Festival, or head to one of our many galleries and museums around the city to see the latest international and national exhibitions.

Foodies paradise

Your taste buds will be overloaded with delicious food and drink during our annual winter food festival Wellington on a Plate. Become a real Wellington foodie by visiting some of our hundreds of restaurants and cafes. Wellington is home to artisan food producers, craft beer and coffee curators. You’ll find locally grown produce used in many menus throughout the region and there’s always a new place to try.

There are also a number of speciality supermarkets, so if you're looking for something new to try, an organic treat, or find a taste of home, there is something to cater to any taste buds.

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City Gallery Wellington visitor looking at art

Creative capital

You could also put your own work on show. Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University have student exhibitions and showcases right throughout the year for those studying in the creative arts and run themed weeks where they celebrate student art. Universities also have on-campus magazines where students can contribute writing, artwork, design and reviews each week.

But the best part is that Wellington attracts creative people. Get outside and experience Wellington’s stunning green spaces, paint along the Wellington Harbour or cook an elaborate dinner with friends, you’ll always have a creative outlet here in Wellington.

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