The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture. For three weeks, once every two years, the Festival transforms Wellington into a thriving, enlivening festival city, abuzz with the best arts and artists from around the world.

Come and experience art for everyone, everywhere. On the streets, along the waterfront, in stately theatres, tucked down laneways, on the beach and around the region. Take your pick of world-class theatre, dance, music and so much more to create a fabulous, mind-expanding arts experience just for you.

For further information and interview requests, please contact the Media Team:

Sarah Chandler:, +64 21 192 9910 or +64 21 927 483

Sophie Speer:, +64 21 193 5050 or + 64 27 892 6938

If you’re unable to reach us, please call the New Zealand Festival office on+64 4 473 0149.

2018 New Zealand Festival Launch Press Release

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Festival Club

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A Waka Odyssey

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À Ố Làng Phố

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Anne Sofie von Otter with the NZSO

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The Weta Digital season of Barber Shop Chronicles

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Beyond Time

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Bless the Child

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Cecile McLorin Salvant 

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Future Playground

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Jordi Savall with Hespèrion XXI & Tembembe Ensamble Continuo

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Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert

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The Wellington Airport season of Swan Lake / Loch na hEala   

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The Piano: the ballet 

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The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

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Wild Dogs Under My Skirt 

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