Most Access tickets are $20.

If an event has a lower ticket price, the lower price will apply. Some shows have higher, fixed ticket prices. Contact us for more information.

Companion tickets are free, although they are limited and subject to availability for some events.

Email or phone 04 473 0149 to buy your Access tickets or to discuss your access requirements.

Hearing loops are available at the Michael Fowler Centre, TSB Arena and St James Theatre.

If you would like a large print Word document of the Access programme, or our full Festival programme, contact us to request a copy or download below.

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NZSL Interpretation

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Interpretation involves an interpreter translating spoken language and audio cues into NZSL for the benefit of d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and NZSL speakers.

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Jungle Book reimagined
Akram Khan Company

Experience this timeless tale like never before, as one of the most innovative dance companies in the world, Akram Khan Company (UK), travels to Aotearoa with their latest production: a thought provoking but magical retelling of Kipling’s much loved classic.

Jungle Book reimagined is a beautifully compelling and vital piece of storytelling about our need to belong and bond with others, and to connect with and respect our natural world.

St James Theatre

NZSL performance Sat 24 Feb, 1pm

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes (includes an interval)

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Witi's Wāhine
By Nancy Brunning

The extraordinary and much loved wāhine from Witi Ihimaera’s groundbreaking books are brought to life by a powerful cast in this theatrical masterpiece tenderly crafted by the late Nancy Brunning. Following adored seasons in its original iteration, this new production was conceived to bring Nancy Brunning’s final work to the big stage.

St James Theatre

NZSL performance Fri 1 March, 7pm

Duration: 1 hours, 20 minutes (no interval)


How to Read My Poem

Let four poets myth-bust their own work by showing you what their poems mean to them, why they were written, and how. This is a chance to delve deep into four recent collections and let the power of poetry set you up for life. With Tusiata Avia, Hannah Meter, Morgan Bach, Arihia Latham and our host, poet laureate Chris Tse.

Deluxe 2, The Embassy

NZSL Sat 24 Feb, 1.30pm

Duration: 1 hour

Articulating the Artist: Ruby Solly with Henrietta Bollinger

How does art enrich our lives? What are the challenges? Can art change the world? Does the world change art? Friends and artists Ruby Solly (The Artist) and Henrietta Bollinger (Articulations) discuss the intricacies of moving through the world as artists, how the world impacts what they have to say, and why.

The Black Sparrow, The Embassy

NZSL Sun 25 Feb, 1pm

Duration: 1 hour

The Air Between Us

Crossing Thresholds

Crossing Thresholds is a day to enjoy extraordinary art created by disabled and neurodiverse artists, relax and chill in our sensory friendly spaces, and hang out with friends and whānau at the new, purpose built Tāwhiri warehouse in Newtown.

Everyone is welcome and it is free to attend.

The Air Between Us

A captivating outdoor aerial dance event performed mid-air. From diverse backgrounds and life experiences, critically acclaimed choreographer Chloe Loftus and multi-award-winning Māori artist Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniopoto)- who performs in his wheelchair- explore our innate capacity to exist in symbiotic harmony with each other and our environment.

Sun 10 March, 12:30pm

Duration: 20 minutes

Accessible without NZSL


Based on Back to Back Theatre’s award winning stage production, Shadow blends fiction and documentary elements to tell the story of a group of activists who hold a public meeting only to discover their own prejudices are their biggest obstacles in creating change. With 95% of the cast identifying as having a disability and a crew made up of mentored interns with disabilities, the film’s themes and philosophical approach to creation are intrinsically linked.

Sun 10 March, 2:30pm

Close Captioned

Duration: 1 hour

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Very Visual

Very Visual events are accessible to d/Deaf and hard of hearing people and their friends and family. They are not NZSL interpreted, but are visual experiences with minimal to no dialogue or sound.

These events are accessible to D/deaf and hard of hearing patrons without NZSL

Belle: A Performance of Air - Thurs 14 - Sat 16 March, 7pm & Sun 17 March, 5pm, St James Theatre

Whenua - Fri 8 & Sat 9 March, 7:30pm, Tāwhiri Warehouse


It is your festival and we are here to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or specific access requirements, please contact us.

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Phone - 04 473 0149 ext. 6