New Zealand International Arts Festival

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Country and Region New ZealandWellington
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

New Zealand International Arts Festival
Lissa Twomey, Artistic Director
New Zealand International Arts Festival
P. O. Box 10 113
New Zealand
Phone: (64) 4-473-0149
Fax: (64) 4-471-1164

Festival Description

The New Zealand International Arts Festival takes place each February/March. Presenting a strong international program, the festival continues its very important role of commissioning New Zealand works that are of international standard — a whirlwind of outstanding theatre, dance, and music.

Festival Dates February 24 - March 18, 2012
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Festival Story:

Everywhere you go at the festival you can see the festival logo. The logo fits the scope of this international arts festival perfectly. The kiwi, with tail feathers of nikau palm fronds, lets you know that the festival is playful and represents artists from around the world as well as native New Zealand culture. This festival includes opera, theatre and dance performances, as well as literary and visual arts events. There are also free events, family events, and opportunities for school tours.


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Practical Info:

  • The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Season tickets are available online with a number of benefits
How to get there:
  • Wellington International airport
    The Wellington airport (WLG) is 8 kilometres (5 miles) southeast of the city, which is a journey time of 30 minutes.
    Stagecoach Flyer runs a bus service to the city centre every 30 minutes, which costs NZ$4.50.
    The shuttle service runs on demand (maximum of 10 people), and costs NZ$10 to 12 depending.
    Departure tax can be up to NZ$25 (depending on the airport) plus NZ$5 security tax. Children aged under two years of age are excused, and passengers aged 2 to 11 pay NZ$10. Transit passengers are excused for 24 hours.
  • Time Zone
    Greenwich Mean Time + 12 hours or Greenwich Mean Time + 13 hours from the 1st Sunday in October to the 3rd Sunday in March


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