Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts Digital Events

"At Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts we made the hard decision to cancel most of our live events and move those that we could into the digital realm." 

Let's support the arts! There is a fantastic line up of wonderfully creative minds putting their mahi on to the online stage. Enjoy a show from the comfort of your home. Grab a cuppa or a wine if ya fancy, pop the cheese board out and get supporting the fantastic artists of Aotearoa. 

Tickets for all these events are Pay What You Can starting from $1.00 and are available to purchase and stream until 3 April 2022

Check it out!



Watch from Thursday 10 March

Ever wondered what might have been if you hadn't taken that job? Didn't catch the return flight home? Stayed with your ex?
Spoken word artist Miss Leading will weave you through the history of other lives, in an exploration of the ideas of choice and chance. Miss Leading has returned to New Zealand after building a reputation as a professional spoken word poet in the Scotland poetry circuit, including as a guest at multiple shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her solo shows have sold out at the 2021 New Zealand Fringe Festival and Kia Mau Festival and have been described as 'unusual', 'sternly realistic' and 'delightfully descriptive' by Theatreview. Her poetry has been published by Folkways Press and award-winning minority platform, Mxogyny.




Watch from Thursday 3 March
The chasms that grow in adult relationships, both romantic and otherwise, are dominant themes in the pages of Airini Beautrais’ short story collection Bug Week, which won New Zealand’s most prestigious literary award in 2020, the Jann Medlicott Acorn prize for fiction. Prior to becoming an acclaimed writer of short stories, Airini was known as a poet of startling observation, able to draw together many voices, histories and perspectives in collections such as Flow, Secret Heart, and Dear Neil Roberts. Airini talks with Melody Thomas about where her inspiration comes from, why Wellington provides such a strong scenic backdrop in her stories, what drives her to write among her other lives as a science teacher, mother and performer, and what she is working on next.




Watch from Thursday 17 March
UK writer Anna James, author of the bestselling Pages & Co series for children, shares tales of finding inspiration in treasured literature like Anne of Green Gables, The Railway Children and Alice in Wonderland. Join Anna James as she beams in from the UK to speak with our own Claire Mabey about the joys of bookshops, the place fictional characters can hold in our hearts, and creating wild adventures for Tilly, Oskar and Milo in the world of story.



Watch from Thursday 17 March

Jennifer Higgie’s illuminating history of women’s self-portraits, The Mirror and the Palette, covers 500 years of women and their artwork from around the globe, casting an eye over the lives and works of artists whose stories have often been forgotten in favour of their male counterparts. Jennifer Higgie speaks with writer and critic Lana Lopesi (author of Bloody Woman) about the contemporary phenomenon of 20th Century artist Hilma af Klint, whose paintings are currently exhibited at City Gallery Wellington, and the wider work of illuminating women across our art history.




Watch from Thursday 10 March

Writer, broadcaster and feminist Clementine Ford joins Wellington’s own Emily Writes to discuss How We Love, Clementine’s latest book on the complex, terrifying, beautiful and transformative state that is love.

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