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, Family 01 – 11 Mar
If this is the future of digital technology, then we like it. More than just screens, this is pure artful inspiration where you make the magic. Come and play.
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.
Festival Club, Music 01 – 02 Mar
Bringing his considerable talents from Compton to Wellington, Thundercat will take you on a “wild odyssey” through an intoxicating cocktail of jazz, punk, hip hop, 80s yacht rock, psychedelia and funk.
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.
Music 01 Mar
In this first and exclusive New Zealand performance, the trailblazing Orava Quartet brings its unique brand of passion and vitality to the classics of the string quartet repertoire.
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.
Family, SchoolFest 01 Mar
Two eye-popping digital adventures for schools at Future Playground and Capital E. More than just screens, this is pure artful inspiration where students make the magic.
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.
Free, Visual Arts 01 Mar – 27 May
The 15th annual Adam Portraiture Award – New Zealand's premier portrait competition – exhibits the best in contemporary painted portraiture.
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.
Visual Arts 19 Feb – 25 Mar
For the first time in Wellington City, more than 50 works by the current winners and finalists of the Wallace Art Awards are on display.