We have a fantastic collection of live art lined up for the year. Some of our performers are in the iconic containers and some we've let loose in the city. Whether you are a 'foodie' or a local music buff, there is something for everybody at the Arcade. We'll have some updates soon about our artists performing in each series.

Container Series

The Performance Arcade’s signature programme of works returns, with a new range of performance, works installed in shipping containers. Open from 10 am - 11 pm each day, this exciting lineup features some of the best artists in this field from around the world and NZ, free to the Wellington public.


Live Music Series

Our 2020 lineup is an outstanding selection of Wellington’s best musical talents. Headline acts include Panthalassa (a concert derived from the sounds of the Tasman Sea), and The Crossing, a special online, multi-city concert performed simultaneously in Wellington and Berlin, featuring Samin Son, Hinemoana Baker, Daniel James, and Takumi Motokawa. Other confirmed acts include SOG, Ingrid and the Ministers, O & THE MO, Freezing Works, Vorn, Chris CK, Model Motel, Brazza, Neil Macleod, ZO, Dr Reknaw, Lola, Connor x Lotu, and Bad Hagrid.


Waterfront Series

Some works are uncontainable. This programme features works that travel along the waterfront and into the city, opening up new dialogues between live art and urban environments. The Waterfront Series transforms the whole city into a theatre, inviting audiences to discover new experiences at every corner. You can find many of these works by following Te Rārangi Māwhero / The Pink Line.


Te Rarangi Mawhero / The Pink Line

This graphic intervention on Wellington Waterfront provides a 2km long index and navigational device for the exciting programme of experiences to be found across our harbourfront cafés, bars, museums, galleries, restaurants, public sculptures, town squares, and other places. Follow the pink line to discover everything that Wellington Waterfront has to offer, from January to March 2020.


Taste Arcade

A special programme of culinary performances and fun food experiences found along Te Rārangi Māwhero / The Pink Line. This exclusive lineup of bars, cafés, and restaurants engage with the adventurous spirit of The Performance Arcade to experiment with food, drink, and hospitality in exciting new ways.

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