Imagine seeing performers swinging from cranes, hearing opera sung from balconies, encountering dance at a traffic light, circus at a bus stop, or a drag show in a corner store. 

Award-winning festival The Performance Arcade will present a FREE city-wide programme of art and performance this summer, curated in collaboration with some of Wellington’s most exciting artists, events, and creative organisations. A vibrant celebration of art in Aotearoa NZ, this initiative marks 10 years of the Wellington festival and the first collaboration of this kind between various sectors of the capital’s creative community. 

WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? encourages audiences to rethink the limits of public space. The programme presents an invitation to take to the streets, and experience internationally acclaimed free arts performance in the places you least expect it. Collaborators for this vibrant programme include award-winning Wellington drag performer Hugo Grrl, former World of Wearable Arts Director and choreographer Malia Johnston, independent theatre company Barbarian Productions and digital producers Storybox, among many others. For two months, the capital will be transformed into a wonderland of creative encounters — join in, and make a discovery at every corner. 

Programme will be announced in January 2021.

The Performance Arcade website