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Largest Performance Arcade ever

Largest Performance Arcade ever

“A beautifully curated programme of performing and visual art works”
– Mark Amery, Radio NZ National

The Performance Arcade returns to the Wellington Waterfront this year from 26 February to 3 March, a free event as part of the New Zealand Festival. The Performance Arcade 2014 will be bigger and more ambitious than any of the previous three, with twostorey architecture and over 70 contributing artists.

The Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated “exhibitionevent” of live art practices. The event’s signature arrangement of shipping containers will house new performance installations by New Zealand and international artists. At the heart of the Arcade is a popup bar, featuring a free programme of live music from popular Wellington musicians such as Nikita Tu Bryant, Grayson Gilmour and Joe Blossom.

The theme of ‘In Construction’ informs the layout and programming of the event. Artistic Director, Sam Trubridge says:

“Within the temporary architecture of shipping containers, scaffold walkways, and veils of netting it is possible to discover a unique range of live art and installation works each with their own poetic, political or sensory interests. Spilling out into the fabric of the city, these encounters seek to examine alternate ways of presenting art, negotiating new relationships with audiences, constantly in a state of taking form and making ready.”

The Arcade features work from local, New Zealand, and international artists from Australia, Canada and the USA. With 14 container works this year, the programme has diversified to include a strong representation from the dance and theatre communities, featuring works by Java Dance, Binge Culture, Barbarian Productions, and Touch Compass.

Returning to the Arcade is designer Kasia Pol, whose 2012 work Cargo floated a container out in Wellington Harbour. In 2014 she will present The Freight, a monumental installation situated in eight stacked containers.

The Performance Arcade 2014 is the supported by Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council, with International artist support from The Bolton Hotel.

26 February until March 3 Free, Wellington Waterfront, Chaffers end of Te Papa.

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