“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.

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Download a copy of the full Te Ata programme here.

Whakamāramatanga ki te Reo

Free Development Programmes

Te Ata includes free programmes for a variety of skills training, exploration and creative development.
Check them out and make sure to get your registrations in as spaces are limited.

Click below for information including registrations for development programmes, workshops or to volunteer for any of the Te Ata programme

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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Ooshcon Masseurs

Pasifika artist, Decipher’er of circles, movement technician and workshop facilitator

Ooshcon Masseurs

Te Rau Oriwa Mitchell

Choreographer. Committed to maintaining, sustaining and developing our tikanga.

Te Rau Oriwa Mitchell

Helmi Prasetyo + Ery Aryani

Indonesian Theatre makers. A life-long commitment to the seriousness of art

Helmi Prasetyo

Watene Campbell

Māori advocate and navigator. "Connections are like extra sails that help me navigate the world"

Watene Campbell

His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi

Samoa's former Head of State


Our Creative Community

Participating 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), Budi Putra and Megan Collins (NZ) Jessica Hansell (NZ), Jonathan Lemalu (NZ), Kara Jackson (US), Kawiti Waetford (NZ), Neo Muyanga (SA), Reggie (Roc) Gray, Peter Sellers and FLEXN ensemble (US) Lemi Ponifasio (NZ), Theatre De Kanaky (New Caledonia), Virtuoso Strings (Porirua), Home Ground and Arohata Prison (Tawa)

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

Program Facilitation Partners

The groups working alongside our artists to deliver programs include: Gamelan Wellington, MAU, Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra, Te Aho Tū Roa , Porirua City Council, The NZ School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Wellington.