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“A beautifully curated programme of visual and performing arts”

Mark Amery, Radio NZ National

The Performance Arcade is an annual Live Art festival and programme of free events located on Wellington Waterfront. Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, the Arcade creates a space for installation, performance art, sonic art, audio-visual art, interactive media, culinary art, and live music.



The Performance Arcade 2017 engages with writing as an active process and as performance itself through an exciting collaboration with Massey University on the Performing, Writing symposium. Through various features of the Arcade and artist works we will consider relationships between performance and writing, looking for how texts are used in dance, architecture, performance art, installation, sonic arts, and theatre. The hallmark Arcade experience is sustained within this theme, with the unique format and programming that attracted 40,000 visitors in 2016. Our 2017 lineup brings some of the most influential performance makers from NZ and the world to share new works and new visions on Wellington Waterfront: including award-winning US director Christopher McElroen (Waiting For Godot in New Orleans), the acclaimed Anatomical Theatre of Mixed Realities (ATOMR) group, and returning favorites of The Performance Arcade 2016, The Body Cartography Project.




The Performance Arcade is inviting people to get involved in the 2017 Arcade, with registrations for Internships now open. We are looking for people for anywhere between 5-20 hours per week depending on your availabilityAn Arcade Internship is an opportunity to work in a professional environment on a large-scale dynamic arts event. The Arcade team is experienced in developing roles for interns and ensuring that the experience will be of benefit to your future career. Interns are a valued part of the Arcade team.



Become involved in The Performance Arcade as a a friend or patron to help support the event and help us achieve our vision for 2017 and beyond.  The Arcade is governed by a charitable trust that is dedicated to keeping the event free for Wellington public, and developing its standing as a leader for Live Arts presentation and development

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