Access, Theatre 24 Feb – 04 Mar
A sell-out London hit that tackles the big topics against an energetic backdrop of banter, boasting and African beats.
Access, Artist Talks, Theatre 24 Feb – 01 Mar
The giddy atmosphere of 1920s Paris and Spain explodes from the stage in this unique dramatisation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic first novel, The Sun Also Rises.
Dance, Music 27 – 28 Feb
Meditative and explosive. Modern and spiritual. This remarkable fusion of martial arts, tai chi, contemporary dance, bold percussion and stunning visual effects will hook you in with its powerful, hypnotic pull.
Theatre 28 Feb – 04 Mar
Who took the life of baby Ara? Challenging and thought-provoking, Bless the Child is a story of life and death, good versus evil, and an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens.
Artist Talks, SchoolFest, Theatre 27 Feb – 01 Mar
Based on Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Sun Also Rises and set in the jazz age of post–World War I Europe, a group of lost youths is on a quest for freedom, love and life.
Dance, Family, Music, Theatre 23 Feb – 05 Mar
A multi-award-winning collaboration, Rushes is an inter-arts experience like no other. Immerse yourself in this unique show where live music gig meets art gallery meets theatre, dance and film.
Dance, Music, SchoolFest, Spectacular 27 – 28 Feb
Meditative and explosive. Modern and spiritual. This remarkable fusion of martial arts, tai chi, dance, bold percussion and stunning visual effects will hook you in with its powerful, hypnotic pull.
A Waka Odyssey, Festival Club, Music 28 Feb
At the end of every epic voyage is a great celebration, and the wrap party for A Waka Odyssey will be no exception – featuring golden-voiced Bailey Wiley and master of electronic funk Laughton Kora.
From ultimate art school punk to Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne is a musical pioneer with a career spanning five decades and counting.
Artist Talks, Theatre 28 Feb
Meet the dynamic cast behind the five-star, UK smash-hit The Weta Digital Season of Barber Shop Chronicles at this free, public post-show Artist Talk.
A Waka Odyssey, SchoolFest 26 – 28 Feb
Haere mai – Come on board a full-day, waka-themed excursion for your students.
Free, Visual Arts 23 Feb – 08 Apr
This exhibition brings to light the risks that climate change presents to Pacific Island women and the issues we share as Pacific neighbours.
Visual Arts 10 Feb – 15 Apr
Discover the amazing secrets behind the world’s most famous painting.
Free, Visual Arts 24 Feb – 24 Jun
How meaning and value are challenged through the often-surprising materials used in contemporary jewellery from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Visual Arts 21 Feb – 15 Apr
Using the entire gallery as his stage, this new solo exhibition continues the artist's investigation into cinema and performance as mechanisms of violence and counterviolence.
Free, Visual Arts 25 Nov – 11 Mar
A thought-provoking and illuminating survey revealing one of New Zealand’s most innovative and subversive investigators of the possibilities of photography.
Free, Visual Arts 21 Feb – 01 Jan
A major new public sculpture will be launched for the opening of the Festival, created by internationally recognised, Auckland-based artist Ruth Watson, and commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust.
A Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming 24 Feb – 18 Mar
Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa’s Māori taonga or treasures and enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Māori culture and traditions unique.
A Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming 24 Feb – 02 Mar
Venture behind the scenes with expert Te Papa staff and get up close and personal with Māori and Pasifika waka taonga (treasures) on this strictly-limited tour.
A Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming 28 Feb
Join us for a panel discussion as A Waka Odyssey's Pacific navigators share their stories, and insights into the dangers to oceans and animals. They will encourage us all to learn about the marine environment and ecology, and how we can get involved in protecting our oceans.