Keeping up appearances in a world on thin ice

Theatre Selling fast


A wild celebration of life’s peaks and valleys

Dance Music Selling fast

Kate Tempest

An explosion of verse and song raging against apathy

Music Selling fast

القدس Jerusalem

Extremes exist in one metaphorical place

Dance Theatre


Flying violins! Speed skating ballerinos! Astonishing musical buffoonery!

Theatre Music Selling fast

Trois Grandes Fugues

Three major choreographers interpret one masterpiece from Beethoven

Dance Selling fast

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

A surreal musical satire on tyranny

Theatre Music Sold out

The Calling

Improvisational and incantatory music with Laurie Anderson’s ensemble


Peter Sellars – Kopernikus

A ritual opera of death made for the living



As much a dance movement as a social revolution

Te Ata Dance Theatre

In Search of Dinozord

Intrepid imaginings transform a war-ravaged Congo

Dance Theatre Selling fast


Two families, two cultures ... tu meke

Theatre Music Selling fast

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

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