Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts


The 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts has been announced, featuring multiple world premieres, the finest in Māori and indigenous art, and leaders in innovative and ground-breaking art experiences (21 February to 20 March).

Known for bringing cutting-edge arts experiences to Te Whanganui-a-Tara every two years since 1986, this year is no exception. With free and ticketed events curated for the whole whānau, there is a range of extraordinary music, opera, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature experiences on offer.

Creating a space to experience emotional and meaningful journeys, the Festival encourages New Zealanders to discover more about themselves and others, to come together, and enjoy all the capital city has to offer alongside friends and whānau.

With 125 shows, 29 free events, and 850 performers, the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts has something for everyone!

Creative Director Marnie Karmelita says next year’s Festival is defined by artists with incredible skill, boundless imagination and artistic bravery.

“Exploring the most current ideas and emotions of our time in performances and installations from the perfectly sublime to the spectacular, the Festival programme covers everything from the classical canon to cutting edge live art. These extraordinary artists will challenge and inspire you, as well as bring us all great joy.”

Check out the full programme of shows and more information HERE.