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.
4 - 13 September 2013
Michael Fowler Centre and the Opera House
Programme and student certificate
Young people have the opportunity to perform short theatre pieces in Wellington’s grand old theatre, the Opera House, with all the trappings of live theatre - sound, lighting, dressing rooms and an appreciative live audience.
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
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.
The Artsplash music performances are conducted, and directed, by Ella Buchanan Hanify and Ruth Armishaw.
Artsplash visual art
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.
Welcome from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown
Kia ora tatou! Welcome to New Zealand’s biggest youth arts festival!
Young Wellingtonians will be putting their talent on display in the heart of our Capital at the Michael Fowler Centre and the Opera House 4 - 13 September 2013. Make time in your diary to see what the next generation of creative Wellingtonians are coming up with.
This festival is all about taking part. Artsplash is working hard to help as many young people as possible get involved with the arts and have a great time while they do.
This festival was made possible by the awesome schools, pupils, teachers, and whole communities of supporters. To everyone involved - thanks. This is a real example of the vibrancy and dynamism that makes Wellington a great place to live.
We are a small, gorgeous capital brimming with energy and creativity. I am proud to host to a festival that aligns so wonderfully with Wellington’s identity.
Mayor of Wellington and Artsplash Festival Patron
Artsplash is made possible through the generous support of the Wellington Decorative Arts Society, the Lion Foundation, New Zealand Community Trust and Multimedia Systems Ltd.
City Arts team