A wild celebration of life’s peaks and valleys

Dance Music

Trois Grandes Fugues

Three major choreographers interpret one masterpiece from Beethoven



Keeping up appearances in a world on thin ice



Flying violins! Speed skating ballerinos! Astonishing musical buffoonery!

Theatre Music

Kopernikus – Opéra-rituel de mort

A ritual opera of death made for the living


Chosen and Beloved

A symphonic and ceremonial opening event

Theatre Music

Here Comes the Ocean

Let Laurie Anderson’s new symphonic concert wash over you


The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

A surreal musical satire on tyranny

Theatre Music


Two families, two cultures ... tumeke!

Theatre Music

Netherlands Chamber Choir: Programme 1

Bach, Brahms, Poulenc and Martin


القدس Jerusalem

Extremes exist in one metaphorical place

Dance Theatre

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Experience the spine-tingling sound of new Americana


One Festival, Many Voices

Three guest curators have selected many of the events in the 2020 Festival. Experience their worldview through their signature selections.

More about the curatorial process

Article Magazine

  • Bringing Accessibility to the Festival

    Whether it’s free events, accessibility or reduced rates for young people, we aim to make the New Zealand Festival as accessible as possible.
  • Meet the Team: Meg Williams

    To discover more about our Executive Director, we put the infamous Proust Questionnaire to her to reveal her personality, tastes and aspirations.
  • Verb + Writers

    We were thrilled to announce earlier this year New Zealand Festival will be joining forces with Wellington literary giants Verb for the delivery of the 2020 Writers Programme.