Artsplash is a young people’s arts festival that brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington to celebrate dance, music, drama, visual art and wearable art. They perform for their parents, whānau, friends and the public.

Artsplash logo.

29 August–2 September 2016

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Start times:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 5.15pm and 7.45pm
Thursday and Friday: 5pm and 7.45pm



Artsplash 2016 Programme and participating schools (956KB PDF)

Programme and list of participating schools

The Artsplash 2016 Programme includes a list of participating schools, and what happens on each day.

Artsplash dance

1−2 September 2016

Various dance styles are performed by students aged 5−13 years old. Students choreograph and perform their own routines. Artsplash dance combines many genres including hip-hop, creative, jazz, cultural and ballet.

Artsplash music and wearable art

29 August−31 August 2016

Music-making ‘by young people, for young people’ is at the heart of Artsplash. Thousands of young people perform at the Michael Fowler Centre, accompanied by Wellington’s Sinfonietta Orchestra, Chilton Amadeus Orchestra and the Artsplash Festival Band. Year 7 and 8 students present their Wearable Art creations in a colourful performance.

Artsplash visual art

29 August−2 September 2016

For young visual artists, there’s nothing like seeing their work displayed in a public exhibition. More than 1,000 pieces will adorn the Renouf Foyer of the Michael Fowler Centre. Free entry.



Artsplash is made possible through the generous support of the Wellington Decorative Arts Society, Lion Foundation and Multimedia Systems Ltd.

More information

Mary Prichard


City Arts team

Phone: (04) 499 4444

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