Dance your arts off!
“Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.” So said Samuel Beckett. Smart man. Sheer power, adrenaline highs, poignant lows, pain and joy – experience dance that will take you out of your head and allow you to FEEL.
Great for kids
There's fun in store for the whole whānau this Festival. Whether it's something to keep them entertained or to broaden their horizons and introduce them to new cultures or experiences, take a look through our family-friendly line-up. It's great for big kids, too.
Free and Fantastic
No cash? No problem. We invite you to make the most of this series of shows that don't cost you a cent.
The Gig Guide
There's nothing like the ripple you'll feel when the lights go down, the crowd whistles and claps and the first chords strike up. If you love the buzz of a live gig, there's much for you to enjoy here...
Weird and Wonderful
Everyone has a naughty side, right? From the promiscuous to the perverted, the delectable and the downright debauched, here's some edgier offerings in the 2016 line-up.
Quirky and cute
Discover some hidden gems this Festival with a series of smaller shows that cover cabaret, comedy, drama and downhome warmth.
Accessible Performances and Events
See a collection of shows which have been made particularly access-friendly, such as those that are NZSL Interpreted or Audio Described
Best of SchoolFest
SchoolFest, the New Zealand Festival's dynamic learning programme, gives students the chance to learn from the world's best artists.
We love talking about art almost as much as we like experiencing it live on stage. Make the most of your lunch break and head behind the scenes to hear from some of our international and New Zealand artists.
Spotlight on Playwrights
It's Circa's 40th birthday and in true Circa tradition New Zealand playwrights are centre stage. Circa will celebrate the 100+ New Zealand playwrights whose work has captivated audiences over the years with a series of discussions.
The best YA writers from around the world and Aotearoa are here this Writers Week with thoughts to stimulate, provoke and delight adults young and old.
The Creative Business
New Zealand Festival Writers Week is full of creatives. Learn trade secrets, watch powerhouses exchange ideas, and be inspired to get creative too.
Get with the digital age this Writers Week. After hearing these super savvy techno-geeks chat, there will be no excuse for technophobia.