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23 Feb 2018 - 18 Mar 2018

New Zealand Festival 2018


The international New Zealand Festival takes place in Wellington 23 February - 18 March 2018. The festival programme includes cutting edge dance, music, theatre, visual arts and the New Zealand Writers & Readers Festival 8-11 March.

The international programme features:

  • Swan Lake / Loch Na heala: Teaċ Daṁsa / Created by Michael Keegan-Dolan Ireland
  • À Ố Làng Phố: Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam / Lune Production with Théâtre Sénart – Scène nationale Vietnam
  • Jordi Savall, with his world-renowned ensemble Hespèrion XXI and the celebrated Mexican Tembembe Ensamble Continuo (Spain/Mexico)


A major new public sculpture Other Worlds will be launched for the opening of the Festival at the 4 Plinths site between Te Papa and Circa Theatre. Created by internationally recognised, Auckland-based artist Ruth Watson, and commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust, each of the four globes is a dramatic reinterpretation of Earth or Mars based on early or unusual maps of the planets.