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A stage made of shipping containers has been constructed in front of a patch of green grass. A person dressed in a flowing red dress performs into a microphone, while an audience sits on the grass and watches.

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  • Free Admission


  • Wed 21 Feb 2024, 6:00pm–11:00pm
  • Thu 22 Feb 2024, 10:00am–11:00pm
  • Fri 23 Feb 2024, 10:00am–11:00pm
  • Sat 24 Feb 2024, 10:00am–11:00pm
  • Sun 25 Feb 2024, 10:00am–11:00pm


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Come join the magic of Performance Art, 21-25 February, all completely free entry! For five days, The Performance Arcade will set up on the Wellington Waterfront behind Te Papa in its temporary village of shipping containers.

A container filled with fog, a theatre with feet, live projections, dance interventions, a decolonial teahouse, live music by local talent, a Fortune Favours pop-up bar, food trucks and much more! The Performance Arcade is a beloved free, award-winning summer festival of live art, music and performance that delights art enthusiasts, passers-by and visitors to Te Whanganui-a-Tara every year.

The Performance Arcade 2024 full programme is out now with more than 15 Performance Art experiences and a rich evening Music Series presented by Fortune Favours, all completely free for the public to enjoy. Open 10am-11pm daily, come enjoy the spontaneous explosions of art over one jam-packed week on the Waterfront, 21-25 February.

Family-friendly, accessible and the perfect date night - there is something for everyone at The Performance Arcade 2024 this summer on the beautiful Wellington Waterfront, Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Check out the full programme today at

Accessibility at The Performance Arcade
The Performance Arcade is committed to being accessible to everyone. All waterfront works and programmes are wheelchair accessible. The Arcade is family-friendly, dog friendly and free for all. Please feel free to contact our team with questions.

The Performance Arcade 2024
Presented as part of the 2024 Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts
Free entry | public live art & music | food trucks, pop-up bar, pop-up bookshop
21 - 25 February 2023 / open 10am-11pm
Wellington Waterfront, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, behind Te Papa / @theperformancearcade / #PA2024

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