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The Performance Arcade


Wed 18 Feb 2015, 5:00pm–11:00pm
Thu 19 Feb 2015, 10:00am–11:00pm
Fri 20 Feb 2015, 10:00am–11:00pm
Sat 21 Feb 2015, 10:00am–11:00pm
Sun 22 Feb 2015, 10:00am–11:00pm

Where: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This annual event brings together a huge variety of live performance, visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and installation works located in the heart of Wellington’s waterfront, completely free to the public.

An “arcade” architecture made from 20 shipping containers provides a stunning site for this unique project, housing a pop-up bar, food stalls, live music and events, culinary performance, cutting-edge new video art, and new performance installations by New Zealand and international artists.

The Performance Arcade offers engaging experiences that shift and evolve throughout the day to enchanting twilight and evening events. A new programme of works, “The City Series”, distributes works throughout the city and waterfront environment, providing surprising encounters with new artforms in unexpected places.

Container Series artists include: Sally J Morgan, Kelsey Woodford, Corporal Outis (USA), Kirsten Lavers (UK), Princessin Hans (Germany/NZ), Debbie Fish and Lisa Taylor, Lucy Marinkovich and Footnote Dance, Lucy Wardle, Erica Sklenars, CV Peterson (USA), MOM, and Mick Douglas (Australia).

City Series artists include: Bruce Mowson and Elliott Howard (Australia), LudiCity, Kalisolaite Uhila (Tonga), Meggan Rollandi, Annette Elliot (USA), and Angela Kilford.

AV Series artists include: Ruby Joy, Jordana Bragg, Jon Sasaki (Canada), Denise Batchelor, The Wires Project (Australia) and Hye Rim Lee.

Live Music Series artists include: Groeni, Edie Daly, Reece + Will, The Paddy Fred Band, Nikita Tu Bryant and Flo Wilson.

The Bolton Hotel and Artisan restaurant will present a culinary performance, Performance Inspired Gastronomy (P.I.G).

Here's the full schedule of events:

Sunday 15 Feb (bar open 12pm-5pm)
12pm Preview Picnic - with Edie Daly, Hitchcock, and Special Guests

Wednesday 18 Feb (5pm-11pm)
6pm Opening Event - with Flite, Pea Stew, and Lucien Johnson Sax Quartet

Thursday 19 Feb (10am-11pm)
7pm Electronica Concert - Wellington's finest trip-hop, psychedelic and boundary pushing electronica with Groeni, Reece + Will, The Paddy Fred Band, and Special Guests

Friday 20 Feb (open 10am-11pm)
6pm New Media New Music Concert - with Flo Wilson, Paul Timing, Jon He, Noel Meek, Kameron Christopher, and Special Guests from Wellington's sonic art scene

Saturday 21 Feb (open 10am-11pm)
10am-11pm Culinary performance / pop-up restaurant from Artisan, Bolton Hotel
2pm Afternoon Music Series - with Nicole Andrews, Towers, Nikita Tu Bryant, and Myele Manzana
8pm The Fiesta Finale - an exciting evening of celebration, energetic music, food, and dancing under the stars with Latin music madness by Cumbia Blazera and Special Guests

Sunday 21 Feb (open 10am-11pm)
1pm Afternoon Music Series - with Nikita the Spooky and Special Guests

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