The Performance Arcade 2023

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The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that attracts 60,000-90,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront. Every year since 2011 audiences have come for an exciting and diverse programme of works by NZ and International artists, presented within an architectural arrangement of shipping containers.
This innovative space for live art, music and performance presentation offers new encounters between artists and the public. Opening onto the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.
The free admission and waterfront location makes this miniature festival accessible to a broad community, developing empowered audiences and participants in the creative and cultural life of Wellington. Over two long weekends every summer, The Performance Arcade becomes a vibrant hub on the waterfront: activating the city, and exposing communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives.

Reviews of The Performance Arcade 2023 productions

Resisting Extinction


22/02/2023 - 26/02/2023

"The feel of rimu needles in my hair; the taste of gorse flowers; the pull of gravity on a slope..


Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington

01/03/2017 - 25/02/2023

"As a show of two halves, it engages its audiences in very different ways and is well positioned as part…..

"Seriously good, feel-provoking theatre..

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