New Zealand Festival 

21 February to 16 March 2014
This summer Wellington welcomes the world for the biennial 2014 New Zealand Festival, which brings the best in arts from around the globe to the capital.

From classical to the cutting-edge, grand spectacles to intimate arts experiences, the Festival will turn Wellington into a stage for around 300 events from 21 February – 16 March 2014.

Te Papa is delighted to host selected festival events at Soundings Theatre, Level 2.

The TV3 Season of Paniora image
Photograph copyright Steven Boniface

The TV3 season of Paniora!

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Wed 26 Feb – Sun 2, Tue 4, Wed 5 Mar 7.30pm–9.30pm
Sun 2 Mar, 2.30pm–4.30pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Ticket prices: (A Reserve) $58

Auckland Theatre Company (New Zealand)  

This passionate family odyssey by Arts Foundation Laureate Briar Grace-Smith captures a whānau fighting to preserve its unique heritage.
Contains strobe lighting

Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer image

Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer

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Thu 6 – Sat 8 Mar, 7.30pm–8.45pm
Sun 9 Mar, 2.30pm–4.30pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Ticket prices: (A Reserve) $48, child (A Reserve) $18

Play on Words Theatre (Ireland)

 

Hear the riveting, award-winning true stories of Tom Crean, crew member for both Scott and Shackleton, survivor and courageous explorer.

Age image
© Jason Wright

Age

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Thu 13 – Sun 16 Mar, 7.30pm–8.15pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Ticket prices: (A Reserve) $48

Muscle Mouth (New Zealand) 

A new dance work by one of the country's leading young artists, Age explores human curiosity and physical power.
World Premiere

Illustration from The Curioseum
Illustration from The Curioseum

The Curioseum

Sat 8 Mar 2014,  2pm–3pm, Te Marae, Level 4

What happens when you let a group of writers loose ‘backstage’ in a museum?

Te Papa invited twenty-two of New Zealand's best children's authors to spend a day in the Museum’s collections, and to chose one of the museum’s taonga (treasures) as a starting point for an imaginative journey.

At The Curioseum read aloud, some of New Zealand's best writers read from The Curioseum – an amazing mix of stories and poems for children about weird and wonderful museum objects.

Find out more about The Curioseum
Find out more about The Curioseum read aloud

In Association with New Zealand Festival Writers Week

Exhibitions at Te Papa

Visiting Te Papa for the New Zealand Festival? Take a look at some of our exciting exhibitions too.

Double portrait No. 2 (Katharine and Anthony West) 1937, Hodgkins, Frances (1869–1947), Tisbury. Purchased 1967 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund. Te Papa
Double portrait No. 2 (Katharine and Anthony West) 1937, Hodgkins, Frances (1869–1947), Tisbury. Purchased 1967 from Wellington City Council Picture Purchase Fund. Te Papa

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa

Te Papa's changing programme of art from the national collection and beyond.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa features five completely new shows: Michael Stevenson's This is the Trekka, Colin McCahon's sweeping Walk (Series C), works by Petrus van der Velden, landmark contemporary New Zealand jewellery, and textile designs by Frances Hodgkins.

Find out more about Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa

David Walker, Prehistoric Princess, 2007, USA. Photograph by Daniel Allen.World of WearableArt™
David Walker, Prehistoric Princess, 2007, USA. Photograph by Daniel Allen.World of WearableArt™

The WOW Factor: 25 Years in the Making

The World of WearableArt™ has enchanted thousands of spectators for the past 25 years. It has launched and enriched the careers of numerous designers, nationally and internationally.

The WOW Factor unlocks some of the magic of WOW®, on stage and behind the scenes.

Find out more about The Wow Factor: 25 Years in the Making

 

Emperor Qianlong (detail), Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). National Museum of China
Emperor Qianlong (detail), Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). National Museum of China

Coming soon from China

Two extraordinary exhibitions from the National Museum of China.

Throne of Emperors: Explore the lives of seven emperors who, with their unique personalities and talents, have left their mark on China and the world.

Shi Lu: A revolution in paint: Discover the art of Shi Lu (191982), a modern master of Chinese painting who maintained his unique artistic vision during a time of political and cultural revolution.

Find out more about our China exhibitions

Opening Sat 22 Mar 2014
One ticket gives you entry into both exhibitions. Adtuls $10, children under 15 free.

 

Visit the New Zealand Festival website for more information and tickets to New Zealand Festival shows.

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