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Look beyond the horizon. Our programme for The Performance Arcade 2024 envisions the performing artist as a time traveller, world builder, and navigator of reimagined horizons. Operating through time and across Wellington's waterfront spaces these artists reimagine the present, past, and future in a vibrant array of new works.
24 & 25 Feb
Self-guided Audio Tour
Koki Ake Te Oro
By Debbie Broughton
Embark on a journey that will propel you into the far future to reimagine Te-Whanganui-a-Tara as we know it today. Koki Ake Te Oro is a long-form poem by acclaimed poet and artist Debbie Broughton (Ngāti Haumia, Taranaki Iwi). In 2024, this poem takes the shape of a walking audio tour narrated by future descendants of Ngāti Haumia of Te Aro Pā .
This audio tour consists of 12 chapters and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.
PA Pop-Up Books
21 Feb, 5pm - 11pm
22 - 25 Feb, 10am-11pm
By Book Haven × Rebel Press
The PA2024 Pop-Up Bookstore presents a curated selection of books and merchandise for PA2024 that engages with mātiro whakamua and the programmed works. We are thrilled to welcome Book Haven + Rebel Press as our bookstore hosts and collaborators this year.
You will also find books and merchandise from our artists and musicians in the 2024 festival program. Head on over to the mini container right by the water of Te Whanganui-a-Tara!
22 - 25 Feb, 12pm
The Music Stage
The PA2024 Artist Talks allow our artists and curators to step back from the rush and bustle of the festival to reflect on the artworks and performances on offer. All are welcome to attend these free, facilitated talks that illuminate the feelings, thoughts, histories, and imaginings underpinning our live arts and live music performances.
Pop on over during your lunch break and join us each day at 12pm, from Thursday 22 February through Sunday 25 February 2024, on the main stage at The Performance Arcade.
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.
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. We will continue to adhere to the current Governmental advice and will update our audiences with all salient information as a result of any change in restrictions or guidelines.
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