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The Performance Arcade 2020



Wed 26 Feb 2020, 07:00 pm


Sun 01 Mar 2020, 10:00 pm


Wellington Waterfront
Cable Street


Festivals Arts, Dance, Performing Arts, Wellington Region



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The Performance Arcade is returning to Wellington waterfront with a sensational line-up of FREE live art, music and performance by NZ and International artists.

This award-winning festival brings together Live Art, Music and Performance in a specially curated event on Wellington Waterfront. With works installed within an architectural arrangement of stacked together shipping containers, an innovative ‘village’ for performance and arts presentation is created.

Artistic Director Sam Trubridge says of the 2020 event:

This year’s programme [in the out sides] examines the island space of Aotearoa New Zealand, and states of inclusion and exclusion; experiencing the interior and exterior as interweaving conditions. On the outside looking in, or from the inside looking out – we often find ourselves moving between positions of estrangement and belonging. These 25+ performance projects play with these concepts and perceptions, inviting you to look further within and to come closer – searching beyond face value to find hidden depths inside the image, the body, the experience, and our shipping container spaces.

Our programme is being previewed at the PA2020 Aert Party on Saturday 30 November. All will be revealed online from Wednesday 4 December.

We are excited to announce Trustpower as our principal presenting partner for the third year.

We would also like to thank Creative New Zealand and Wellington City Council for being our core funders.

Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for exclusive content and regular updates.

Preview Weekend 21-23 Feb
Festival Dates 27 Feb - 1 March, 10am - 11pm
Opening Night 26 Feb, 7pm - all welcome

Event banner images:
Left - Nicholas Shackleton (Mask)
Right - Cookie Diorio/Bearded Ladies (Poison Cookie Jar)
Photo credit: Plate3 Photography

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