New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2020

A year’s worth of entertainment packed into three short weeks.

Five humorous-looking men dressed in top hats, with various forms of facial hair, standing around a piano.

Släpstick. Photo: Jaap Reedijk


Extraordinary art experiences from Aotearoa and around the world come to Wellington from 21 February to 15 March 2020, with a programme of works that are more varied, surprising and inspiring than ever before.

This year, three high-profile artists – Bret McKenzie, Laurie Anderson and Lemi Ponifasio - have been invited to curate a signature series of events that will take place alongside the overall festival programme.

The 2020 Festival opens on 21 February with Chosen and Beloved, an unforgettable live orchestral experience by Lemi’s company MAU.

Visit the New Zealand Festival website for the full programme.