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New Zealand Festival of the Arts coming to Porirua

NZ Arts Festival Te Ata


Get ready to be inspired this month as the New Zealand Festival of the Arts’ Te Ata programme kicks off in Porirua.

Curated by international artist Lemi Ponifasio, Te Ata will showcase spectacular talent and invites young people to take the lead creatively. At four public events, celebrated international and local artists will take centre stage to inspire, share stories and stimulate new conversations.

The programme was created with the community of Porirua and a variety of talented artists.

Tickets for Te Ata events are available at and prices range from $6 – $31.

O Matou Malaga, Our Voyage

Te Rauparaha Arena, 22 Feb

Drawn from musicians of NZSM, Orchestra Wellington and NZSO, Sinfonia for Hope join Grammy Award winning bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu for a special afternoon of vibrant and moving music. Porirua’s own Virtuoso Strings orchestra will also feature.

Te Rauparaha Arena, 23–24 Feb

Characterised by pausing, snapping, gliding, bone breaking, hat tricks, animation, and contortion, flex is a form of street dance that has evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. This powerful new work is staged by visionary director Peter Sellars and flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in collaboration with a crew of flex dancers from the very neighbourhoods where the Black Lives Matter movement first took shape.

Goodbye Naughton

Te Rauparaha Arena, 26 Feb

From hip-hop to contemporary dance, and Polynesian dance to theatre, Goodbye Naughton pays homage to the experiences that have shaped the life of the Ōtara grown artist, Aloalii Tapu.

With astonishing physicality and moving storytelling Aloalii and his close friends and singers Chris Taito and Uati Tui take us through the realities of being ‘the man’ from Ōtara, cultural expectations and postcolonialism.

To’ona’i: Te Ata Picnic (FREE)

Te Rauparaha Park, 23 Feb

Join us for a picnic at the park and get amongst the exciting events happening across Pātaka Art + Museum and Te Rauparaha Park. Bring your blanket, lunch and be part of the celebrations. Take a tour, jump into a workshop or enjoy the soothing sounds of Porirua. There’s something for the whole family.

4 Feb 2020