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The Performance Arcade 2020

The Performance Arcade 2020

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  • Wed 26 Feb ’20, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Thu 27 Feb ’20, 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Fri 28 Feb ’20, 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sat 29 Feb ’20, 10:00am – 11:00pm
  • Sun 1 Mar ’20, 10:00am – 11:00pm


Wellington Waterfront, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Performance Arcade is returning to Wellington waterfront with a sensational lineup of free live art, music and performance by NZ and International artists.

This award-winning festival brings together Live Art, Music and Performance in a specially curated event on Wellington Waterfront. With works installed within an architectural arrangement of stacked together shipping containers, an innovative ‘village’ for performance and arts presentation is created.

Artistic Director Sam Trubridge says of the 2020 event:
This year’s programme [in the out sides] examines the island space of Aotearoa New Zealand, and states of inclusion and exclusion; experiencing the interior and exterior as interweaving conditions.

On the outside looking in, or from the inside looking out – we often find ourselves moving between positions of estrangement and belonging. These 25+ performance projects play with these concepts and perceptions, inviting you to look further within and to come closer – searching beyond face value to find hidden depths inside the image, the body, the experience, and our shipping container spaces.

We are excited to announce Trustpower as our principal presenting partner for the third year. We would also like to thank Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council for being our core funders.

Keep an eye out across our social media accounts for exclusive content and regular updates - and head to our website for full programme information,

Preview Weekend 21-23 Feb
Festival Dates 27 Feb - 1 March, 10am - 11pm
Opening Night 26 Feb, 7pm - all welcome

Event banner images:
Left - Nicholas Shackleton (Mask)
Right - Katrina Elizabeth Bastian in 'Olympia' (Rachel Monosov)

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