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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.

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Since 1999, Rajni Shah has worked independently and with other artists to create the conditions for performances, publications, conversations, and gatherings on and off-stage. Key performance works include The Awkward Position (2003-4), Mr Quiver (2005-8), small gifts (2006-8), Dinner with America (2007-9), Glorious (2010-12), Experiments in Listening (2014-15), Lying Fallow (2014-15), and Song (2016). Rajni has been an Artsadmin Associate Artist (2009-2013) and an Honorary Research Fellow at The Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College (2012-2016). She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, and undertaking a PhD at the University of Lancaster, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supervised by Professor Geraldine Harris.

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