The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.



The refugee crisis is unfolding before us and many New Zealanders will already have opinions on our place in this tragedy. The aim of ASYLUM is to get people thinking and talking about these issues on a global, local and personal scale. ASYLUM is an important, current and innovative work created by Amelia Taverner and Francesca Emms. Both artists feel strongly about the refugee crisis and this is reflected in their other work. Taverner’s Cast Aways, presented at Deep Anatomy in the Bahamas in 2015, was a powerful installation using clothing collected from shipwrecked Haitian refugee boats, which had washed up on the beach. Emms is currently working with RNZ and the Voice Arts Trust as a writing coach and dramaturg on a community art project exploring the stories of refugees living in social housing in Wellington. ASYLUM is a work that invites the public to take a couple of steps in someone else’s shoes. If participants begin to understand even a small part of the fear, frustration or confusion that people who are forced to flee their homes feel, then ASYLUM will have succeeded.


AMELIA TAVERNER: Performance Designer (NZ)

Amelia graduated with a BFA Honours in Theatre Production and Design from York University in 2013. She is currently completing her Masters of Design at Massey University, focusing on costume design and sustainability. Her recent credits include

Sleep/Wake (The Playground NZ, NYC), White Elephant (Barbarian Productions, NZ), The Film Series (Tempo Dance Festival, NZ), Cast Aways (Deep Anatomy, The Bahamas) and Loves Labour's Lost (Summer Shakespeare, NZ).



Francesca graduated with a Master of Arts in 

Creative Writing from Victoria University in 2013. She is a freelance writer, director and producer and is 

currently working with The Voice Arts Trust, Radio New Zealand and Ape On A Whale. Her recent 

credits include At Least We Have Our Jobs (RNZ), Conception Room Killer (My Accomplice), Stranger Things (RNZ), Bardfest 

(RNZ), Happily Ever After? (Wanderlust Theatre) and These Are A Few Of My Favourite Sings

(Wanderlust Theatre).




The review 30 upstairs posted:


The poem “Home” by Warsan Shire:


The story “"Before The Law"” by Franz Kafka

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