New Zealand Festival 2016


Now in its 30th year, New Zealand Festival will delight revelers with its cutting-edge arts program that will showcase the finest international and homegrown talent.

Held in Wellington from February 26 to March 20, the festival will run the gamut from contemporary to classical as well as family-friendly experiences, spanning music, theatre, dance and art. 

Highlights on the bill include performances from Sufjan Stevens and D’Angelo, and the multi-layered John Psathas work No Man’s Land, which brings together 150 musicians from more than 20 countries.

For the first time, audiences will be treated to two of late choreographer Pina Bausch’s signature pieces, Café Müller (1978) and The Rite of Spring (1975), performed by her company Tanztheater Wuppertal.

The Contact Festival Playground will display an installation of 14,000 flags created by award-winning artist Tiffany Singh and expressing the hopes of New Zealand school children. The installation will then travel to the Himalayas to join the Buddhist prayer flags.

The playground will also feature the fantastical Catalonian junkyard fair Arquitectura de Feria – including handcrafted rides created from recycled materials – along with a delicious mix of food trucks.

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