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Discover art for everyone, everywhere over three short weeks in Wellington at the 2018 New Zealand Festival.

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2018 Writers & Readers

8-11 March, Wellington Waterfront – Michael Fowler Centre / Renouf Foyer / Circa Theatre / Festival Club

Get ready for four days of fast-tracked, smart conversation from some of the world's best thinkers and talkers – and you. Get up close and intimate with local and international stars in the four Wellington waterfront venues from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 March 2018...more.

Writers & Readers - Take 5 Pass

2018 Writers & Readers has events, guests and themes to satisfy the straightest and strangest literary appetites. Get your favourite bookworm a Take 5 Pass to get a 20% discount (saving $20) on attending FIVE Writer & Readers events (excluding special sessions) – that’s five hours of booklovers bliss for just $75!   More.

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Writers & Readers Opening Gala - WOMEN CHANGING THE WORLD – New Zealand / International 

8 March, Michael Fowler Centre

We kick off 2018 Writers & Readers on International Women’s Day with a celebration of women, their words and their power to change – marking 125 years of New Zealand suffrage. Come and hear from New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, broadcaster Kim Hill, novelist Charlotte Wood, fantasy champion Charlie Jane Anders, poet and memoirist Patricia Lockwood, Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes, columnist and falconer Rachel Stewart, free-range celebrity cook Annabel Langbein and others...more.

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The Weta Digital Season of BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – United Kingdom 

Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, written by Inua Ellams

24 February – 4 March, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington 

Straight from its sell-out debut at London’s National Theatre, Barber Shop Chronicles has audiences and critics buzzing. A lively, life-affirming and “irresistibly joyful” (Daily Mail) portrait of the modern-day barber shop, it tackles the big topics – fatherhood, friendship, politics and football – against an energetic backdrop of banter, boasting and African beats. Settle in for an exhilarating night of theatre. 


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À Ố LANG PHO - Vietnam

Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam

8-11 March, St James Theatre, Wellington 

Whisk the whole family away to a village in Vietnam at À Ố Làng Phố – a circus show of extraordinary feats and infectious fun by a dazzling cast of acrobats and live musicians. Be transported from the calm, rural backwaters to the brash, bustling city in this ingenious and dare-devil performance that is “a delight from start to finish” (Perth Now). 




Based on the novel The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, created and performed by Elevator Repair Service

24 February – 1 March, Opera House, Wellington 

The giddy atmosphere of 1920s Paris and Spain explodes from the stage in this unique dramatisation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic first novel, The Sun Also Rises. Set in the jazz age of post–World War I Europe, a group of lost expats drinks away the horrors of war in a quest for freedom, love and life. Hemingway’s text is delivered word-for-word by the highly acclaimed New York ensemble Elevator Repair Service in an energetic, riotous, genre-defying stage performance. 


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GRIZZLY BEAR – United States

3 & 4 March, Opera House, Wellington 

Grizzly Bear are the cult band’s cult band and are in Wellington exclusively for two shows only. Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold proclaimed one of their releases “the best record of the Noughties”. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood declared them “my favourite band in the world”. For once, such glowing praise seems justified. Across five albums, this Brooklyn quartet has explored a dreamy, deeply psychedelic sound that’s equal parts chamber music, rock, electronic effects and baroque Americana.


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STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT - United States / New Zealand 

Music by John Williams and conducted by Hamish McKeich  - performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 

10 & 11 March, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington 

The Oscar-winning music from Star Wars has been closely guarded for 40 years. Now, as an absolute treat for New Zealand fans, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live screening of the original film. Few orchestras around the world will have this opportunity. Few fans either. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the full power of this finely tuned, “fully operational” orchestra bringing Star Wars to life as never before. Grab your popcorn, put on your favourite Star Wars costume and be whisked away to another galaxy.


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Teaċ Daṁsa 

By Michael Keegan-Dolan

14-17 March, St James Theatre, Wellington 

“A show of terrible beauty and extraordinary craft” (The Guardian), this is not Swan Lake as you know it. Rooted in the midlands of Ireland, ancient mythology and the ills of the modern world collide in this extraordinary adaptation of the beloved classic. Stunning and hard-hitting, yes. Yet good things arise out of the bad, as this extraordinary, magical performance transports you along an imagined dark path towards the light and resounding redemption.


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FUTURE PLAYGROUND - United States / Turkey / Canada

Future of StoryTelling; Refik Anadol; Matt Parker, Josh Holtsford & Albert Hwang; Catshrine; Balam Soto 

1-11 March, Shed 6, Wellington

Future Playground is an eye-popping digital wonderland like no other. More than just screens or fancy light shows, it gathers some of the most ingenious, creative, boundary-pushing tech in the world for your delight, discovery and inspiration. For creators and innovators of all ages.  


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23 February – 18 March

Festival Club, Odlin’s Plaza, Wellington waterfront

See a show, stay for the party! This electric pop-up on Wellington’s waterfront is the place to be and be seen for three fun-filled Festival weeks. And when the curtain falls each night, Wellington’s newest hot spot throws open its doors with free entry for everyone. Because the show ain’t over until the Festival Club closes. Partnered by Garage Project. FREE ENTRY post-show from 9pm most nights. 

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A WAKA ODYSSEY – New Zealand / Samoa / Cook Islands

KUPE: Festival Opening Event 

7pm, 23 February, Wellington Harbour and Taranaki Wharf 

We are a nation of voyagers. Our ancestors crossed oceans to find this place we call home. In A Waka Odyssey, we rediscover our voyaging past, our place in the Pacific today and a way to a better future. FREE


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