The Performance Arcade

The Playground

Thu 18 Feb - Sun 28 Feb



Behind Te Papa

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


wheelchair accessible

The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that attracts 60-90,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront since 2011. Audiences come for an exciting and diverse program of art, live music, and performance, installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers that are stacked and arranged together to create an innovative new space for performance and arts presentation. This miniature festival offers new encounters between artists and the public, creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and exposes communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives. The free admission and waterfront location makes it accessible to a broad community, developing empowered audiences and participants in the creative and cultural life of the city.

Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, The Performance Arcade creates a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, forums and live music. Opening onto the bustling life of the Wellington Waterfront, these sites engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.