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Gain work experience
by interning or volunteering with one of Wellington's most exciting and original summer events!


The Performance Arcade seeks interns and volunteers to join us for the 2024 season!


In its fourteenth year, The Performance Arcade is an established annual arts and music festival that engages 60,000-90,000 art lovers and passers-by on the waterfront of Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Working with the Arcade can help you upskill in a range of arts and events categories, from arts programming to music production to stage management to spatial design. Our interns go on to careers in the arts, music, and events sectors, and often return to join our team on future projects. 


We seek curious, enthusiastic interns and volunteers who are willing to get stuck in, try out new skills, and work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced, fun environment.

We seek the following interns:

  • Artist liaisons / artist assistants

  • Programme assistants 

  • Mana whenua rangatahi interested in working in the arts within tauiwi arts organizations   

  • Event assistants 

  • Production interns

  • Music programme interns

  • Stage management interns

  • Social media interns

  • Spatial design assistants  

  • Arts writers and reviewers

And volunteers:

  • General event volunteers


Interns will begin working with us in late January. Event volunteers will need to be available during the period of 17-25 February 2024 (with flexible scheduling possible). There will be training sessions in late Jan/early Feb to ensure you’re fully equipped.


To apply, please submit a short cover letter outlining your interest in the role and relevant background along with your resume by January 10th to: Please specify in your letter and email subject line which role you are applying to. 

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​​​Why intern or volunteer with us?

Volunteering with us is a great way to learn or develop skills, meet new people and have a great time! You become an essential part of the team and get valuable insight into how our event works. A great addition to any CV if you are interested in working in the arts or events - not to mention the opportunity to do all that watching  world-class performing artists in the sun! 

Who are we?

The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that has attracted 40,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront since 2011. Audiences come for an engaging, diverse and FREE programme of art, live music, and performance spanning two weekends. Our award-winning festival features work installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers, stacked and arranged together to create innovative new spaces for performance and arts presentation. This festival offers new and exciting encounters between artists and the public.


Email to register your interest today!

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