The 2022 Schools Programme has been impacted by decisions made by the Festival team and Board based on viability and safety within the Red Setting. We have worked throughout the Festival planning period to prepare as best we could for the ever-changing impacts of Covid-19 and government restrictions on events like ours. Our decisions are based on the likelihood that Aotearoa New Zealand continues to be in the Red setting for the Festival and Omicron cases continue to increase.

This has meant the cancellation of our live arts programme where the limit of 100 people is not viable.

Our reduced and revised programme, which can be operated viably and safely under government guidelines is now online. Please see the link below.

The revised programme retains free, whānau-friendly outdoor art and visual arts exhibitions in the Wellington region and include a series of recordings that can be accessed anywhere. This series includes events adapted from Writers programme, Chamber Music Series and Tungia Tahia Festival.

Please view our full reduced and revised 2022 programme here

If you have booked your school for a cancelled event, we are sorry that your students will not be able to experience extraordinary live arts in the City's major venues this Festival. If you have paid for tickets already, you can expect to receive a full refund.

Please contact Heather on schools@festival.nz with any questions.

Tranzit NZ

If you have booked transport with Tranzit NZ, please remember to cancel your booking with them directly on wellington@tranzit.co.nz or calling 04 387 2018.

Te Ahu Taiohi

Te Ahu Taiohi is now available to stream online until Sunday, 3 April. Watch Te Ahu Taiohi now

After five weeks of deep creative exploration of self, culture and identity, our rangatira taiohi (young leaders) share with you their ideas, dreams and experiences in a large-scale, electrifying performance of movement and storytelling that will leave you reflective and inspired.

Through performing arts, founded in tikanga Māori, Te Ahu Taiohi uplifts the voices of the leaders of Aotearoa nō Porirua.

Haere mai and share in this kaupapa, as our rangatahi provide you with a window into their experiences and encourage you to reflect on their realities, provoking a shift in our collective landscape. Rangatahi are the present. Join us as they carve out our future.

Current Shows

The Festival has already successfully opened extended seasons running from Spring 2021 as part of its Covid-19 strategy. Festival Artist in Focus Lisa Reihana’s free video exhibition in Pursuit of Venus [infected] opened at Te Papa in October and Hackman’s Destination Mars opened in December. More than 50,000 people have enjoyed these experiences to date and they will continue to operate under the Red setting with appropriate restrictions in place, so please click on the booking form button at the top of this page if you would like to book your school for these and other current and upcoming events, including Kura Moana by Festival Artist in Focus, Lisa Reihana.