Lemi Ponifasio: Epic, Orchestrated and Ceremonial
Fri 21 – Sun 23 Feb

Kick off an epic opening weekend with the powerful event Chosen and Beloved featuring the NZSO and MAU, follow it with Lemi’s radical theatrical prayer for hope القدس Jerusalem and wrap your weekend up with the heart-stirring musical of Philip Glass and Max Richter by the NZSO.


Wellington Writers Weekend
Fri 28 Feb – Sun 1 Mar

Be inspired by stirring conversations and passion for the page with a Writer’s Weekend in The Renouf Foyer. Whether it’s a Friday night with Jung Chang (Wild Swans / Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister), Saturday afternoon with Lucy-Anne Holmes (Don’t Hold My Head Down), Sunday morning ecological discussion Do We Deserve Earth?, or any of the other amazing literary adventures, learning and listening on offer. And remember a Take Five Pass will give you a 20% discount to all $19 Writers Sessions!


Laurie Anderson: Arts Lovers’ Adventure
Fri 6 – Sun 8 Mar

Be inspired by Anderson’s adventurous spirit with the mesmerising concert Here Comes the Ocean. Go To The Moon with virtual reality experience and bring the whole family along to a specially composed Concert for Dogs. Each night head Into the Open for projected artworks at multiple sites along the Wellington waterfront.


Bret McKenzie: Music, Imagination and Sharp Wit
Fri 13 – Sun 15 Mar

Witness the virtuosic shenanigans of The Parkin Season of Släpstick before searching for the charming little huts of the Urban Hut Club. Become part of the creation of the National Theatre’s new musical The Weta Digital Season of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Explore the tender and tough absurdities of a rapidly changing climate in Dimanche.


The Big Festival Weekend
Fri 6 – Sun 8 Mar

A weekend of top national and international offerings starts with Teaċ Daṁsa's joyous and raucous MÁM straight out of Dublin. Be a guest at the hilarious wedding of two cultures in BLACK TIES then take in the magnificent music of one of the world’s preeminent choirs, Netherlands Chamber Choir. Finish your weekend with a pie shop hold-up in Mr Red Light.