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The Performance Arcade is back for 2019

For Immediate Release

The Performance Arcade is back on Wellington Waterfront for its spectacular 2019 lineup of live art and music from 22 -24 Feb and 28 Feb - 3 March. Open hours 10am-11pm daily.
The Performance Arcade is an accessible and FREE event for all.

Opening Night 7pm, 21 Feb – All Welcome.

About The Performance Arcade: this award-winning event brings together Live Art, Music and Performance in a specially curated event on Wellington Waterfront. Audiences come for an exciting and diverse program of art, live music, and performance, installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers that are stacked and arranged together to create an innovative new space for performance and arts presentation. This is a unique, temporary space showcasing both NZ and International artists, visited by 60-90,000 people every year on Wellington Waterfront.

Now in its ninth year, The Performance Arcade has become an anticipated and acclaimed event that defines Wellington's creativity and innovation. This miniature festival offers new encounters between artists and public, creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and exposes communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives.

This year we are excited to announce our Principal Partners Trustpower, who are working with us again to present an arcade like you have never seen before:

“Trustpower is delighted that we will be part of The Performance Arcade again in 2019. The interactive installation we developed with the team in 2018 was a fantastic success and we’re excited about what we can create together again for PA2019. Supporting events in our communities is part of our company DNA and we love the fact that Performance Arcade makes live art so accessible, to so many people. ”

We would also like to thank Creative NZ and Absolutely Positively Wellington City Council for being our core funders.

Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for exclusive content and regular updates.

Highlights Include:

Follow the Pink Line - Whai mai te rārangi māwhero:
The Performance Arcade 2019 features a three-kilometre Pink Line extending along Wellington Waterfront from the Railway Station to Oriental Bay. Building on our vision for Wellington as a city of live art, this dynamic pathway will connect audiences with a diverse range of experiences in live performance, culinary art, music, creative partnerships and public installation.

The Dancer:
A twenty-metre-tall projection onto Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay. Using a special fixture created for The Sun Festival in 1984, this spectacular image of a dancer on the surface of water will be visible from across Wellington Harbour every evening of the event. Trustpower presents the dancer by Jeremy Brick with Royal NZ Ballet.

The Culinary Performance Series:
The Performance Arcade 2019 programme features an exciting addition to its regular offerings: a walking menu of culinary performances along The Pink Line and Wellington Waterfront. Working with local hospitality providers and food artists, The Culinary Performance Series promises to be a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds! Including culinary performances from:

Mexican QBT
Chef Andrés Pimentel will serve Mexican food whilst regaling audiences with his own stories of illegal border crossings and immigration. Passing tortillas across the Pink Line, Pimentel will wrap each serving in stories of the lines one man has crossed on his journey to Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Caitlin Le Harivel
Edible landscapes of Matiu/Somes Island made from edible jelly and champagne by culinary artist Caitlin Le Harivel, served on glowing lightboxes. These beautifully formed ‘food sculptures’ will be available from The Performance Arcade Pop-Up Bar from 21 February – 3 March. Up to 10 diners at a time are invited to order their own edible landscape and participate in the collective erosion and consumption of a familiar Wellington landmark.

Tuatara IPA
After a highly successful collaboration in 2018, The Performance Arcade are partnering with Wellington based Tuatara Breweries once again to produce the 4.5% IPA Loose Cargo: a refreshing and fruity pale ale, perfect for summer!

Other participants in The Culinary Performance Series include Gelissimo Gelato, St Johns Bar, and Leftfield wines.


See for more information.


Ninth annual Presentation
Visited by 88,568 people in 2018
Winner of Wellington Regional Art Award 2018

Available for interviews:
Sam Trubridge – Artistic Director, The Performance Arcade
Caitlin Le Harivel – CLH Food Design
Andrés Pimentel – Mexican QBT
Carolyn Schofield – Trustpower

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