Founded in 2011, The Performance Arcade is a free, award-winning festival of live art, music and performance on the Wellington Waterfront.

60,000-90,000 Visitors Each Year

Over the course of two weeks The Performance Arcade welcomes 60-90,000 people to experience this free event.

Art Inside Containers

Open directly to the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, our iconic shipping containers are sites of engagement - bringing world class art and performance to the public outside the constraints of a gallery or theatre space.

Local & International Artists

Every year, an exciting selection of performance and installation works from acclaimed performance artists sit alongside a line-up of Aotearoa’s best live music.

Covid-19 Information

The Performance Arcade whānau have been following the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and its management carefully. Our priority is the health and safety of our audiences, artists and crew, and in response to the current Governmental advice around the traffic light system for participation in the 2022 Arcade we are stipulating that all artists, crew, performers, and volunteers will all have a COVID-19 Vaccine Passports.

For our audiences it is our mandate to adhere to all Government regulations for conditions of public participation.

Thank you for your care and patience as we work through this together.

Click here for full Red Level details for events.

As of 24 January 2022 we are at Level Red which means audience attendance requires:

  • Please stay home if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, or are meant to be isolating.

  • The Performance Arcade will be split into two main outdoor zones with a max capacity of 100 each and plenty of room for social distancing:

  • Zone One: Fortune Favours Pop-Up Bar and Music Stage area  (a 'seated and separated' hospitality zone).

  • Zone Two: The Performance Arcade Container site (a free-flowing exhibition zone).

  • A valid COVID-19 Vaccine Passport will be required for everyone entering The Performance Arcade zones.

  • QR Code Scan In / Record Keeping is compulsory.

  • Face masks are required for all attendees.

  • The Performance Arcade is committed to regular cleaning and sanitising of touch surfaces throughout the site during the event.


Special Winter Presentation


Watch Digital Live Streams from our 2022 Festival here:

FRI 18 FEB / SAT 19 FEB / SUN 20 FEB

THU 24 FEB  FRI 25 FEB 3-6.45pm, 6.45pm-9pm, 9-10.30pmSAT 26 FEBSUN 27 FEB