Radicalism and Tolerance
Writers 09 Mar
In a time of rising extremism around the world, discover first-hand why former Islamist extremist Maajid Nawaz, political commentator Ali A Rizvi and activist Yasmine Mohammed are on a quest for peace and tolerance.
Music, Festival Club 17 – 18 Mar
Born out of jazz school, the gifted Drax Project have grown from a music students’ busking project into one of the hottest tickets in town.
Teeks: A Song For You
Music, Festival Club 24 Feb
With his smooth, richtone, relaxeddelivery and elegantly regretfulold-soul voice, Te KarehanaGardiner-Toi, aka Teeks, brings usan intimate New Zealand Festival Club gig.
Pacific Party: Laughton Kora & Bailey Wiley
Festival Club, Waka Odyssey, 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.
dance, Family, Theatre, Music 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.
Ria Hall: Rules of Engagement – On the Road
Music, On The Road 25 Feb
Delivered in both te reo Māori and English over Pacific-inspired beats, Ria Hall will bring her raw and rootsy songs to life in Ōtaki with the help of vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse Wellington trio The Nudge.
FIELDS OF POPPIES
Music 13 Mar
Concert organist Paul Rosoman performs in venues all over the world. Here, the acoustics of St Mary of the Angels make this the perfect venue for his musical reflection on war and peace with the Monarch Brass Collective.
Theatre, Festival Club 03 Mar
Australia’s most popular live storytelling series, Barefaced Stories, lands in Wellington for one massive New Zealand Festival Club night.
Festival Club 17 Mar
With his first recorded comedy album under his belt and a winning stage presence, Georgio will have you in stitches.
Music 09 Mar
Delight in the “flair, rigour and integrity” (New Zealand Listener) of New Zealand’s compositionvanguard in collaboration with the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio and Ensemble Musikfabrik.
Music, Festival Club 27 Feb
Samuel Scott and Lukasz Buda (together one third of The Phoenix Foundation) and James Milne (Lawrence Arabia) bring you a stripped back, band-free live show of some of their faves.
Romance & Revolution
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.
Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning
Festival Club, Comedy 02 – 03 Mar
An award-winning show from Zoë Coombs Marr, one of Australia’s weirdest and wildest comedians.
TE AO HOU | THIS NEW WORLD
Music, Access 06 Mar
Conjuring a realm of light and dreams, Rob Thorne, a master of taonga pūoro, performs the world premiere of his Tomokanga with the New Zealand String Quartet.
Ria Hall: Rules of Engagement
Music, Festival Club 24 Feb
Delivered in both te reo Māori and English over Pacific-inspired beats, Ria Hall will bring her raw and rootsy songs to life with the help of vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse Wellington trio The Nudge.
A New Zealand Partita
Music 27 Feb
In fascinating three-way conversations between contemporary New Zealand composers, pianist Stephen De Pledge and JS Bach we hear the 18th-century musical form of the Partita reimagined for the 21st century.
Nathan Haines & Jonathan Crayford: Adagio
Music, Festival Club 25 Feb
International jazz legends Nathan Haines and Jonathan Crayford join forces for a collaborative re-working of the Adagio form through the works of Bach, Stravinsky, Morricone and more.
Festival Club, Music, Theatre 07 – 08 Mar
Named the stand-out cabaret of the year by the New ZealandHerald, Valerie is gig-theatre at its finest.
Casus Circus: Knee Deep
Circus, Festival Club 15 – 16 Mar
“Every minute counts” (The Guardian) in Knee Deep, from Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourites Casus Circus. Come experience the thrilling push and pull of this cutting-edge circus for yourself.
ANDERSON & ROE
Music 17 Mar
Pianists Anderson & Roe are as much at home with Daft Punk as they are with Mozart. For their New Zealand premiere, this dynamic duo pairs Bernstein with The Beatles, Gluck with John Adams. It’s
PETER AND THE WOLF
Family, Access, Theatre, Music 14 – 18 Mar
Peter is not supposed to leave his grandfather’s house. There are wolves lurking in the forest and it’s not safe. Follow Peter as he travels deep into the woods, vanquish your fear, but don’t look behind you ...
Wild Dogs Under My Skirt
Artist Talk, Access, Theatre 07 – 11 Mar
Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polataivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses.
Music, Artist Talks 16 – 17 Mar
Drums that strike themselves. Loudspeakers that pivot and pirouette. Pianos whose keys tap dance ghostly toccatas. Welcome to Mechanical Ballet, a brave new world where self-playing instruments rule.
Bless the Child
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, Festival Club 13 – 14 Mar
Seattle-based pop star Perfume Genius and his band bring to the New Zealand Festival his ferocious and sophisticated blend of American rock.
Music, Festival Club 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.
Music, Festival Club 04 – 06 Mar
Feel the freedom and adventure of The Staves’ “gorgeous 1970s-roadtrip vibes” (The Sunday Times, UK) at an intimate New Zealand Festival Club gig.
Opening Night: Women Changing the World
Writers 08 Mar
We kick off 2018 Writers & Readers on International Women’s Day with a celebration of women, their words and their power to change.
THE PIANO: THE BALLET
Artist Talks, dance 23 – 25 Feb
Drawing on the rich inspiration of the film The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří and Otto Bubeníček.
Theatre 16 – 18 Mar
Based on the experiences of children who lived through the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, this thrilling, moving and surprisingly humorous drama portrays extreme events but through a child’s eyes.
THE KING’S SINGERS & VOICES NEW ZEALAND CHAMBER CHOIR
Music 10 Mar
Join one of Britain’s greatest musical exports and the best choral voices in New Zealand for a musical trip from the Renaissance to now.
CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT & THE AARON DIEHL TRIO
Music 13 Mar
Grammy Award–winner Cécile McLorin Salvant is the hottest voice in American jazz right now, and she’ll have you eating out of the palm of her hand.
ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER
Music 15 Mar
Celebrated for her mesmerising voice and interpretative depth, Grammy Award–winning Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is one of the titans of grand opera and French chanson.
Music 03 – 04 Mar
The cult band’s cult band – in Wellington exclusively for two shows only. Grab this chance to submerge yourself in the Grizzly Bear sound.
Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert
Family, Music, film 10 – 11 Mar
For the first time ever, watch the original Star Wars: A New Hope with its spectacular Oscar-winning soundtrack performed live by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Kupe Landing: Petone Family Day
Family, Waka Odyssey, Music 24 Feb
Join friends and whānau for a day of music, food and fun on the Petone Foreshore, as a magnificent fleet of waka land on the beach in part two of A Waka Odyssey celebrations.
Music 28 Feb
From ultimate art school punk to Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne is a musical pioneer with a career spanning five decades and counting.
OrphEus – a dance opera
dance, Artist Talks, Music 16 – 17 Mar
Revel in the world premiere of this richly layered, epic dance work from one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed choreographers, Michael Parmenter, inspired by the myth and music of Greek hero Orpheus.
SWAN LAKE / LOCH NA hEALA
dance, Artist Talk, Theatre 14 – 17 Mar
An extraordinary adaptation of the beloved classic. Soaring dance, boundary-busting theatre and song combine with live Irish folk music with a Nordic noir twist.
Theatre, dance 03 – 04 Mar
This cutting-edge dance–theatre hybrid has taken international stages by storm. See why, in this, its final world tour performance. You won’t regret it – or forget it.
À Ố Làng Phố
Family, spectacular, Circus 08 – 11 Mar
Whisk the whole family away to a village in Vietnam at À Ố Làng Phố – a circus show of extraordinary feats and infectious fun.
Theatre 07 – 11 Mar
Watch a home, brimming with the stuff of life, evolve before your very eyes on stage in this interactive art installation with a twist – created by multi-award-winning actor, illusionist and inventor Geoff Sobelle.
dance, spectacular, 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.
THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES)
Artist Talks, Access, 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.
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.
Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI & Tembembe Ensamble Continuo
Music 24 Feb
Prepare for a rapturous night of spine-tingling music from the best early music performers in the world.
Barber Shop Chronicles
Theatre, Access 24 Feb – 04 Mar
A sell-out London hit that tackles the big topics against an energetic backdrop of banter, boasting and African beats.
Kupe: Festival Opening Night
Family, Waka Odyssey, spectacular 23 Feb
As dusk falls, join a cast of thousands on Wellington’s stunning waterfront for the once-in-a-lifetime 2018 New Zealand Festival opening night event, Kupe.
ARTIST TALK: OrphEus – a dance opera
dance, Artist Talks, Music 17 Mar
Hear how the myth and music of Orpheus inspired Michael Parmenter's new epic Orpheus – a dance opera in this free, public pre-show Artist Talk.
KA TITO AU: Kupe's Heroic Journey
Theatre, Waka Odyssey 24 Feb – 04 Mar
Kupe, the great Pacific explorer and navigator, is the hero of this lively, lyrical solo show by treasured local poet and storyteller Apirana Taylor.
ARTIST TALK: The Piano – The Ballet
Artist Talks, dance 23 Feb
Discover what inspired the transformation of the much-loved, award-winning New Zealand film into The Piano: The Ballet in this free, public pre-show Artist Talk.
Photobook New Zealand 2018
Writers 07 – 11 Mar
Feast your eyes on the best independent photobook publishing from New Zealand and around the world.
ARTIST TALK: Barber Shop Chronicles
Theatre, Artist Talks 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.
ARTIST TALK: Mechanical Ballet
Music, Artist Talks 16 Mar
Delve into the fascinating world of self-playing, mechatronic music with the creative minds behind Mechanical Ballet in this free, public post-show Artist Talk.
2nd Pacific Climate Change Conference
Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming 21 – 23 Feb
This conference will bring together a broad range of voices on climate change – from the science to the impacts on policy and public implications.
Back-of-house Waka Taonga Tours
Waka Odyssey 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.
THE SECRETS OF MONA LISA
Visual Arts 10 Feb – 15 Apr
Discover the amazing secrets behind the world’s most famous painting.
ARTIST TALK: Wild Dogs Under My Skirt
Theatre, Artist Talks 10 Mar
Led by writer Tusiata Avia and director Anapela Polataivao, hear from the strong female voices behind Wild Dogs Under My Skirt in this free, public post-show Artist Talk.
ARTIST TALK: The Select (The Sun Also Rises)
Theatre, Artist Talks 27 Feb
Learn how director John Collins and the Elevator Repair Service ensemble brought the classic Ernest Hemingway novel to life in The Select (The Sun Also Rises) in this free, public post-show Artist Talk.
Oceans in Peril
Waka Odyssey 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.
Writers & Readers: Take 5 Pass
Grab your Take 5 Pass for 5 tickets to Writers & Readers events for just $75 (excluding special sessions). You get a 20% discount, plus you'll beat the rush with priority booking from Thursday 1 – Wednesday 7 February 2018.
ARTIST TALK: SWAN LAKE / LOCH NA hEALA
dance, Artist Talks, Theatre 15 Mar
Get up close and personal with the boundary-busting cast of The Wellington Airport Season of Swan Lake / Loch Na hEala in this free, public post-show Artist Talk.
RUTH WATSON: OTHER WORLDS
Visual Arts, Free 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.
THIS IS NEW ZEALAND
Visual Arts, Free 03 Mar – 15 Jul
Venice Biennale works by Michael Stevenson, Michael Parekowhai, Simon Denny and more.
Voyaging across the Pacific
Kupe Dreaming, Waka Odyssey, Artist Talk 27 Feb
A fascinating expert panel discussion about the first Pacific people's journey to Aotearoa.
Brass in the Bay
Kupe Dreaming, Family, Waka Odyssey, Music 27 Feb
Pack a twilight picnic for a concert with a difference on Wellington’s popular Oriental Bay beach.
Māori Highlights Tour
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.
WOMEN AT THE FRONTLINE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN VANUATU
Visual Arts, Free 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.
Hīnātore public event: Pacific Explorers and Navigation
Kupe Dreaming, Family, Waka Odyssey, Interactive 24 Feb
Come and explore the navigation techniques used by the Pacific Peoples on their journey to Aotearoa in this special drop-in session at Te Papa's new learning lab, Hīnātore.
Tom Scott Sunday “Roast”
Writers, Festival Club 11 Mar
Join an eclectic group of writers and Wellington personalities to fondly and raucously “roast” Tom Scott.
GAVIN HIPKINS: THE DOMAIN
Visual Arts, Free 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.
LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON
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.
A Waka Odyssey
Waka Odyssey, Family, spectacular
We are a nation of voyagers. Our ancestors crossed oceans to find this place we call home. In A Waka Odyssey, we rediscover our voyaging past, our place in the Pacific today and a way to a better future.
THE LANGUAGE OF THINGS: MEANING AND VALUE IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY
Visual Arts, Free 25 Nov – 11 Mar
How meaning and value are challenged through the often-surprising materials used in contemporary jewellery from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
ADAM PORTRAITURE AWARD 2018
Visual Arts, Free 01 Mar – 27 May
The 15th annual Adam Portraiture Award – New Zealand's premier portrait competition – exhibits the best in contemporary painted portraiture.