THE ARCADE STORY
“The only noteworthy exhibition in NZ dedicated to performance in all of its forms”
Bruce Phillips (2018)
A Contextual Tightrope
“Rather than what festivals have become, how can both the public and artists be engaged with more dynamic processes that embrace the more heady and unsteady model of carnival suggested by The Performance Arcade?”
Emma Willis (2012)
Enter Here: Emergent Dramaturgies and the Civic Role of an Arts Festival
(Illusions: NZ Moving Image + Performing Arts Criticism)
The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that attracts 60-90,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront since 2011. Audiences come for an exciting and diverse program of art, live music, and performance, installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers that are stacked and arranged together to create an innovative new space for performance and arts presentation. This miniature festival offers new encounters between artists and the public, creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and exposes communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives. The free admission and waterfront location makes it accessible to a broad community, developing empowered audiences and participants in the creative and cultural life of the city.
WELLINGTON WATERFRONT 2011-2019
FINALIST - PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL THEATRE ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 2019
AUCKLAND AOTEA SQUARE 2011
WELLINGTON AIRPORT REGIONAL COMMUNITY AWARD 2018
3 NZ FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARDS 2012
Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, The Performance Arcade creates a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, forums and live music. Opening onto the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.