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Fri 24 Feb 2006–Sun 19 Mar 2006

Where: , Wellington

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The New Zealand International Arts Festival is a biennial multi-arts festival held in the nation's capital, Wellington. It is New Zealand's premier and largest cultural event and exists to celebrate the best arts entertainment from around the world and within New Zealand.

The first Festival was in 1986 and the next will be 24 February to 19 March 2006. Each Festival offers a bold artistic programme of the highest quality featuring opera, theatre, dance, music, free and family events and literary and visual arts.

The Festival’s budget generally is around NZ$12,500,000 of which the income is approximately 40% box office, 35% corporate sponsorship, 5% from trusts, 12% from the city of Wellington, 6% from central government and 2% from foreign governments and their agencies.

In the past we have presented: Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gilberto Gil, Abdullah Ibrahim, Misia, Nestor Marconi, Cullberg Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Frankfurt Ballet, Les Ballets C. de la B (Belgium), Deborah Colker Dance, Lyon Opera Ballet, Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Young Vic, Out of Joint, Cheek by Jowl, Robert Lepage’s Seven Streams of the River Ota, Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Chorus Repertory Theatre of Manipur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tan Dun, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Hesperion XX, Joanna MacGregor, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Huqin Quartet, Bang On A Can All-Stars, the operas Katya Kabanova, Fidelio, Simon Boccanegra and Der Rosenkavalier, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and writers Doris Lessing, E. Annie Proulx, Richard Ford, Tariq Ali and Arundhati Roy, to name but a few.

We also produce New Zealand productions each Festival and have presented many New Zealand companies and artists including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand String Quartet, Te Mata Rae i o Rehu (NZ), Te Rangiwewehi, Black Grace, Indian Ink, and work by writers Hone Kouka, Briar Grace-Smith, Witi Ihimaera, Stuart Hoar and Roger Hall, directors Nathaniel Lees, Colin McColl, Murray Lynch and Miranda Harcourt, designers Tony Rabbit, John Verryt and Andrew Foster, composers John Psathas, Gareth Farr, Jack Body, Eve de Castro Robinson, Gillian Whitehead and Chris Blake, and choreographers Douglas Wright and Shona McCullagh.