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.

2 - 12 September 2014

Michael Fowler Centre and the Opera House

Tickets $5, available at the door.

Download the programme (left) for more information.



2014 Artsplash Programme (65KB PDF)



2014 Artsplash Student Certificate (112KB PDF)



2014 Artsplash School Certificate (112KB PDF)

Programme and student certificate

The Artsplash 2014 Programme includes a list of participating schools, and what happened on each day.

Artsplash drama

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.

Artsplash dance

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 Sarah Malone.

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 2 - 12 September 2014. 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.

Celia Wade-Brown
Mayor of Wellington and Artsplash Festival Patron


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

More information

City Arts team

Phone: (04) 499 4444

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