“Arts festivals can stimulate a nation’s culture. Just as agriculture celebrates the planting and harvest, arts festivals enact the planting of new ideas and traditions, which, if tended, will grow into the cultures of the future.”

Lemi Ponifasio, Guest Curator

Te Ata, a festival within the Festival, brings together artists from Aotearoa and around the world in exchange with young New Zealanders who wish to take a bold, brave and active role in shaping the culture of the place where they live.

Two weeks of ground-breaking creative development will culminate in a week of public performances and events hosted by Porirua City, which has one of the youngest populations in New Zealand.

Created with the community of Porirua and artists who include radical US director Peter Sellars, US flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray, South African protest musician Neo Muyanga, US Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson, NZ Der Faust prize-winner for dance Aloalii Tapu, 2019 New Zealand Arts Laureate Coco Solid aka Jessica Hansell, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Jonathan Lemalu, baritone Kawiti Waetford and the New Zealand Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra.

Download a copy of the full Te Ata programme here.

Whakamāramatanga ki te Reo

Goodbye Naughton

Exploring identity and cultural expectations through dance

Te Ata Dance Theatre


As much a dance movement as a social revolution

Te Ata Dance Theatre

O Matou Malaga, Our Voyage

Music for the future

Te Ata Music

To'ona'i: Te Ata Picnic

Porirua family day out

Te Ata Visual Arts Music Free

People of Te Ata

Neo Muyanga

Composer, musician and librettist. Disrupting the established musical narrative of struggle.

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Kara Jackson

Writer and poet. Delivering accountability where it is so often stripped.

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Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid

Musician, writer and visual artist. Amplifying people and radicalising spaces for the future.


Jonathan Lemalu

Opera Singer. Challenging our classical landscape to better reflect our diversity.

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Kawiti Waetford

Opera Singer and Kapa Haka performer. Uplifting young people through connection with our ancestry.

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Aloalii Tapu

Director and Dancer. Challenging the perceptions of the world around him

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Our Creative Community

International and National Lead Artists

Top artists from across the globe facilitating arts training, artist talks, devising processes, masterclasses and guiding performance outcomes include: Aloalii Tapu (NZ), Ery Aryani and Helmi Prasetyo (Indonesia), Jessica Hansell (NZ), Jonathan Lemalu (NZ), Kara Jackson (US), Kawiti Waetford (NZ), Neo Muyanga (SA), Reggie (Roc) Gray, Peter Sellers and FLEXN ensemble (US).

Local Participating Artists

Amazing groups supporting their communities include: Virtuoso Strings (Porirua), Home Ground and Arohata Prison (Tawa).

Program Facilitation Partners

The groups working alongside our artists to deliver programs include: Gamelan Wellington, MAU, Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra

Te Ata Festival Whare

The spaces and people hosting our young creatives include: Pātaka Art + Museum, Te Rauparaha Arena, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Whitireia New Zealand