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 by clicking the links.

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Audio Description

Audio Description is a form of narration used to provide information surrounding key visual elements in a work for the benefit of blind and visually impaired audiences.

Events with Audio Description:

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.


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

Audio described pre-show notes available online

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

Audio described, Touch Tour 11.45am

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

Audio described performance Sat 24 Feb, 7pm. Touch Tour 6.15pm

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

Lost Lear
By Dan Colley

A moving and darkly comic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, told from the point of view of Joy, a person with dementia who is living in an old memory of rehearsing King Lear.

Critically acclaimed Irish theatre maker Dan Colley’s visually stunning production uses puppetry, projection and live video to create mul<ple layers of Joy’s world as past and present, fiction and reality overlap and distort.

Tāwhiri Warehouse

Audio described performance Sat 16 March, 7:30pm. Touch Tour 6.45pm

Duration: 1 hours, 20 minutes (no interval)

The Savage Coloniser Show
By Tusiata Avia

FCC Theatre company is back, bringing to ferocious life Tusiata Avia’s book The Savage Coloniser, for which she became the first female Pasifika poet to win the Ockham Award for poetry. Under the artful direction of the equally formidable Anapela Polata’ivao, Avia’s unapologetic and clear eyed examination of race and racism, the colonised and the coloniser, is full of bold humour, courage and lacerating truths.

Circa One

Audio described performance Sat 2 March, 4pm. Touch Tour 3.15pm

Duration: 1 hours, 10 minutes (no interval)

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

Audio described performance Sat 2 March, 7pm. Touch Tour 6.15pm

Duration: 1 hours, 20 minutes (no interval)

Taniwha Time Machine
Dreamgirls Art Collective

Renowned for their ‘breathtaking and purposeful’ (Ensemble) artworks across Aotearoa, Dreamgirls Arts Collective will transform the Wellington Waterfront, bringing kōrero tuku iho (stories of the past) of Ngake and Whātaitai to life in a way only they can- larger than life, bursting with colour, complete with a disco dance floor. And that’s not all- a sparkling phone booth created by cameo Dreamgirl Coco Solid (Ngāouhi/Samoa) beckons- lift the receiver, dial into the ‘Hotline to the Divine’ and see what happens… you could find yourself connecting to a whole new dimension.

Wellington Waterfront

Audio described walkthroughs will be available:

Sun 25 Feb, 11am - 2pm
Sun 2 March, 2 -5pm
Sat 9 March 1-4pm

The walkthrough should take about 15-20 minutes. Just turn up; no need to make a booking. When you arrive, mention that you would like an audio described tour through the space, and one of our trained volunteers will guide you through the Taniwhā Time Machine.

New Zealand Dance Company

Celebrated indigenous artist Rodney Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto) and acclaimed choreographer and Creative Director of World of Wearable Art (WOW) Maria Johnston collaborate to create Imprint. Prepare to be entranced by their innovative choreography combined with captivating soundscape and design.

This new work will be paired with Eddie Elliot’s (Ngāti Maniapoto) Uku- Behind the Canvas, inspired by the Māori pūrākau (mythology of Hineahuone, the first woman created by Tāne-Mahuta from clay).

Tāwhiri Warehouse

Audio described performance Sat 9 March, 7.30pm. Touch Tour 6.45pm

Duration: 1 hours, 35 minutes (includes an interval)

Other Accessible Events

These events are accessible to blind/visually impaired patrons without Audio Description.

Arooj Aftab - Thurs 14 March, 8pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Beyond Words - Sat 9 March, 7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Barton & Brodsky - Fri 15 March, 7:30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Bird Like Men: Tararua - Fri 1 March, 7:30pm, Māoriland Hub Ōtaki

Hope: Soweto Gospel Choir - Wed 28 Feb, 6;30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Johnny Gandelsman - Wed 6 March, 6:30pm, St Mary of the Angels

Meow Meow's Pandemonium - Sat 24 Feb, 8pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Sounds of the Sanctuary - Sun March 10, 7.30pm, Rata Cafe, Zelandia

Songbirds: The King's Singers - Wed 13 March, 6:30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

The National - Sun 25 Feb, 8pm, TSB Arena

An Unfunny Evening with Tim Minchin and his Piano - Fri 8 & Sat 9 March, 8pm


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