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The New Zealand International Arts Festival

The New Zealand International Arts Festival is New Zealand’s premier cultural event and a leading multi-arts festival in Australasia.  The Festival has an esteemed reputation among artists and audiences for bringing the very best from around the globe to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Every two years Wellington transforms into one of the world’s great festival cities. For 24 days, its easily accessible theatres, concert halls, museums, galleries and open spaces come alive with theatre, dance and music, literature, film and visual arts. 

The Festival attracts 290,000 people to over 300 events across three Festival weeks.  Enlivening New Zealand’s coolest little capital, Wellington, it is a national Festival for all New Zealanders.

While the major focus of the Festival is on international works, it also showcases the best of New Zealand work, fostering creative and professional opportunities for many New Zealand artists. The Festival has commissioned a significant body of new work, producing more than 89 new plays, operas, music, dance and other events that tell our stories and reflect our culture.

Download the 2010 Profile Document (20MB)

Visit the New Zealand International Arts Festival corporate website

Wellington Jazz Festival

With a reputation for innovation, the Festival also presented the highly successful, four day Wellington Jazz Festival in March 2009, attracting 75 international and New Zealand artists. In 2011 the Jazz Festival presented a special one night only concert with the 'Saxophone Colossus' Sonny Rollins, sponsored by TelstraClear. The next Jazz Festival is being planned for 2013.

Visit the 2009 Wellington Jazz Festival website

Lexus Song Quest

The Festival also presents the prestigious Lexus Song Quest singing competition. The Song Quest is a proven springboard for young singers and has helped to launch the international careers of previous winners such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Malvina Major, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jonathan Lemalu.  Entries open for the 2012 Lexus Song quest in mid-November.

Visit Lexus Song Quest website