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World of WearableArt (WOW) Show

Enter a portal to another planet as the 2023 World of WearableArt (WOW) Show: BEYOND comes to Wellington in September. For its 33rd iteration, WOW will take place across a three-week season, bringing the TSB Arena stage to life with incredible works of wearable art.

At the heart of the show is the World of WearableArt Competition. The competition draws designers from across the globe, working in radical and innovative ways in the mediums of fashion, art, design and costume. These creations are showcased each night on stage in a theatrical spectacular, alongside dancers, aerialists, captivating music, and moments that will take your breath away.

Competition entries are divided into categories, with sections of the show themed around them. The 2023 show includes three return sections, Aotearoa, Avant-garde, and Open, alongside new sections Mars and Beyond, Gold, and the return of an iconic WOW favourite, Bizarre Bra.

Also taking the stage will be five headline performers from across Aotearoa, covering music, dance, performance, and DJ sets. Indie R&B artist Deva Mahal and her sister, folk R&B artist Zoe Moon will be joined by Aotearoa choreographer and dancer Taiaroa Royal, actor, singer and performing artist Jaxson Cook, and DJ, Aroha Harawira.

The 2023 WOW Show: BEYOND, will take audiences on a journey to a futuristic world beyond your imagination. Tickets are on sale now.

BEYOND in Wellington

Wellington goes BEYOND for the World of WearableArt season with plenty of extras to eat, see and do. Check out what’s on offer across the city in our digital map below including special events from some of Wellington’s favourites. Look out for the colourful window decals throughout the CBD, marking the special offerings.

Look out for these colourful window decals throughout Wellington, marking special offerings for WOW.

Special events

Share to Win

Share your WOW in Wellington experience on social media with the #BEYONDinWellington and go in the draw to win yourself two tickets to attend WOW 2024 and enjoy a $2,000 shopping spree with this year’s participating businesses at the same time next Spring.

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