Oscar-winning songwriter and half of Grammy Award-winning duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie is one of Wellington’s most successful artistic exports. With events for families, comedy lovers and music buffs, Bret is bringing a buzz to his hometown in the Festival’s final week.

"What I've done is looked back and thought about what I love about going to the Festival. I want to create something that's family-friendly as I've been looking for activities to do with my kids recently. I also want to connect international artists with local artists."

Bret Mckenzie

As you’d expect, music and comedy influence Bret McKenzie’s programme, with hearty laughs, stinging satire and soaring melodies. Headlining the week is a theatrical coup he has scored for Wellington: a work in progress production of a new National Theatre (UK) musical adaptation of George Saunders’ darkly funny The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. You’ll see Phil before the rest of the world and can say “I was there when…”

Bret wants families to come out in force for the Festival. He’ll be taking his kids for an arts adventure on the Kāpiti Coast and around Wellington’s green spaces in search of the enchanting miniature huts created by artists Kemi Niko & Co. Free for three weeks, this is a must-do whānau activity – take the train, the bus or walk for a great day out in our beautiful region.

From the Netherlands comes the virtuosic musical comedy group Släpstick, with a show perfect for all ages. They were a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and their hilarious five-star show, raved about the world over, comes to New Zealand for the first time.

Music is central to Bret’s work and his concert series celebrates fellow New Zealand musicians that influence and excite him today as well as some unique international collaborations. Don’t miss the trio of late night gigs in Shed 6 on the Wellington waterfront. In the 2020 Festival’s final week, lovers and dreamers of all ages will see their city transformed by a touch of McKenzie magic.

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