Artist Talks, Dance, Music 16 – 17 Mar
Revel in the world premiere of this epic dance work from one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed choreographers, Michael Parmenter, with The New Zealand Dance Company, inspired by the myth and music of Orpheus.
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 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.
Festival Club, Music 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.
Artist Talks, Music 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.
Access, Family, Music, Theatre 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 ...
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
Festival Club, Music 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.
Artist Talks, Music 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.
Artist Talks, Dance, 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.
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.
Music 09 Mar
Delight in the “flair, rigour and integrity” (New Zealand Listener) of New Zealand’s composition vanguard in collaboration with the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio and Ensemble Musikfabrik.
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.
Family, Music 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.
Access, Music 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.
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.
Festival Club, Music 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.
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.
A Waka Odyssey, Family, Kupe Dreaming, Music 27 Feb
Pack a twilight picnic for a concert with a difference on Wellington’s popular Oriental Bay beach.
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.
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.
Festival Club, Music 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.
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.
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.
Festival Club, Music 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.
Music 24 Feb
Prepare for a rapturous night of spine-tingling music from the best early music performers in the world.
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.
A Waka Odyssey, Family, Free, 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.
Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts 23 Feb – 04 Mar
The Performance Arcade brings together Live Art, Music and Performance in a specially curated event on Wellington Waterfront. Its unique double story arrangement of shipping containers provides a temporary architecture for live music and new performance installations by NZ and International artists.
Festival Club, Music 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.
A Waka Odyssey, Festival Club, Kupe Dreaming, 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.
Festival Club, Music 24 Feb
With his smooth, rich-tone, relaxed delivery and elegantly regretful old-soul voice, Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi, aka Teeks, brings us an intimate New Zealand Festival Club gig.
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.