Wellington is full of fascinating and fun things to do. What really stands out though is its artsy events happening around the year. We have selected some of the unmissable events of 2020 for you. Some of these events can be scattered all over Wellington. Hire a minibus with a driver in Wellington as a solution to all travel problems.
New Zealand Fringe Festival
New Zealand Fringe Festival is New Zealand’s funkiest art festival. It is also known as Wellington Fringe or Fringe. It is a dynamic festival celebrating Wellington’s culture. Get ready for the craziest event of the year. The festival will run for 23 days. It will be starting from 28 Feb and will go on till 21 March. The festival takes place in various locations across the city.
You can buy tickets online from their official website. Some of the must-watch performances include Ustwo, Princess Boy Wonder, Fire Laugh With Me and The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey. Don’t forget to try the famous Fringe Beer and take home cool Fringe merchandises. Whether you live in Wellington or just visiting, pick the nearest venue and get ready to Fringe.
New Zealand festivals of art
New Zealand Festival of the Arts offers three weeks of astounding art experience. This year it will take place from 21 February to 15 March offering more than 100 art experiences. Artists from around the globe will put together three weeks of fascinating, entertaining and thoughtful acts. Expect live performances, free shows, inspiring talks, dance shows, orchestra, and outdoor projections. You can book single or multiple shows at once from their official website. You can choose from different ticket categories like premium, A Reserve, B Reserve, C Reserve, Restricted View and General Admission.
There are three guest curators. Each week belongs to a specific artist. Week one has Lemi Ponifasio’s programs. It will feature classical music of all time, Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Week two highlights include two concerts, Laurie Anderson’s Here Comes the Ocean and The Calling, a new virtual reality experience. In week three, Bret McKenzie will show the audience The Weta Digital Season of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.
Wonderland at Te Papa
Wonderland at Te Papa is an interactive exhibition. Wonderland celebrates the screen history of English author Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). The exhibition is already open and will run till 8 March. It is in the Amokura Gallery, Level 4. The ticket cost is $22.95 for adults, free for children up to 3 years of age, and half-price for children between 3 to 15 years of age.
It is a one of kind experience, nothing like any other exhibition that you have seen before. At the begging, you will be given Lost Map of Wonderland. The highlight is the digital and interactive experience Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The exhibition features more than 300 unique objects including spectacular costumes, puppets, magic lantern projectors, props, concept drawings, first edition publications and illustrations, and animation cels.
CubaDupa is Wellington’s most celebrated street party. It goes on for two days that will be 28 and 29 March this year on Cuba Street. This 19 hours free family-friendly event celebrates vibrancy and creativeness of Wellington. CubaDupa 2020 will feature 12 stages, 1,500 artists and performers from around the world, over 100 food stalls and special creative zones. The programmes include street theatre, dance, roving performances, family entertainment, musical genres, dozens of parades, as well as visual, kinetic and palpable installations.
12 minutes of Mass Musical by John Psathas is a must-attend. More than 500 musicians will line up on the street. This year there will be Mammoth Circus Tent in the Wilson Carpark on Ghuznee Street. It will feature astonishing performances and workshops for everyone. There will be more than 100 food stalls and many local vendors.
World Of WearableArt
World Of WearableArt (WOW) is the largest theatrical production of New Zealand. Creatives and artists from across the world will put together a spectacular show showcasing wearable arts. The WOW will be running for nearly a month, from 24 September to 11 October. The venue is TSB Arena Wellington. It is more than a fashion show. What makes this event truly memorable is the perfect combination of dance, music, performances and lightening. The show will be approximately 1 hour 45 minutes without any intermissions. Awards Night will take place on 25 September. If you are attending in a group, it is best to book the WOW table and treat yourself with pre-show drinks and a gourmet meal.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your favourite event now.