New Zealand Festival

The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s largest celebration of cutting-edge arts and culture.

A group of six people on stage mid-dance from the show Betroffenheit.

Betroffenheit. Photo: Michael Slobodian


From 23 February to 18 March 2018, Wellington will transform into a global culture zone. No other New Zealand city compares with Wellington at festival-time, and 2018 will be no exception.

The New Zealand Festival will be showcasing some of the finest international and home-grown music, theatre, dance, artists and writers, handpicked by the festival’s Artistic Director, Shelagh Magadza.

The 2018 Festival opens on 23 February with a free event in the harbour - A Waka Odyssey. The themes of this event echo through the rest of the programme: epic journeys; a sense of discovery; home, and belonging.

Visit the New Zealand Festival website for the full programme.