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October 2016
WOW World of WearableArt
One of New Zealand’s cultural success stories over the past 28 years is the spectacular World of WearableArt® or WOW®. At the core of WOW® is an international design competition that attracts hundreds of entries from all over the world.
22 September - 9 October
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZ Opera: Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd is without doubt one of the most powerful, dramatic and theatrical horror tales...
30 September - 5 October
St James Theatre
The Gruffalo
After sell-out seasons throughout the world, including the West End and Broadway,The Gruffalo returns in 2016!
6 October - 8 October
Opera House
The Dire Straits Experience
Featuring a spectacular light show and state of the art sound, this promises to be the most ambitious and best DIRE STRAITS EXPERIENCE show yet.
7 October
St James Theatre
Hi-5 House Hits
These will be the biggest Hi-5 concerts yet and not only that, they will feature all of Hi-5's most favourite, best loved songs for you to sing and dance to.
8 October
St James Theatre
NZSO: Bold Worlds - New Frontiers
We celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with his minimalist Three Movements. A world of delicate rhythmic and harmonic variations
8 October
Michael Fowler Centre
CMNZ: Rattles & Rhythm
Have you ever wanted to attend one of our concerts, but weren’t sure what to do with the kids? Bring them with you and share the experience!
13 October
Michael Fowler Centre
CMNZ: London Conchord Ensemble
The London Conchord Ensemble is one of Europe’s leading chamber ensembles. They are known for their imaginative programming, which has won them many accolades in their twelve-year history.
13 October
Michael Fowler Centre
Orchestra Wellington: Nutcracker
Pretty much all one needs to know about the art of orchestration can be found in this concert. One of them literally wrote the book on it!
15 October
Michael Fowler Centre
Brian McKnight
R&B sensation and multi-award winning singer-songwriter Brian McKnight will be performing his ultimate classics along with celebrating his new album Better at the Opera House.
15 October
Opera House
The Air Force in Concert 2016
The Air Force in Concert is the annual feature concert by the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. This year’s dynamic show will feature a wide variety of music – from military marches and classical masterworks to catchy jazz standards to entertain all ages.
16 October
Opera House
Lifeworld (in five parts)
Lifeworld (in five parts) by Claire O’Neil is a compelling dance theatre work that celebrates the different ways we move through the world and our potential to choose the way we see it.
19 October
Opera House
The Laughing Samoans – Island Time
Island Time is coming back to Wellington! From one of New Zealand’s most popular and successful live comedy acts, this is a rarity in live comedy. A show the whole family can enjoy.
21 October
Opera House
Bill Bailey – Larks in Transit
It’s twenty years since Bill Bailey first performed on these shores, and he returns to mark this milestone with a new show. His last tour sold out so act quickly!
24 October - 25 October
Michael Fowler Centre
NZSO: Mozart & Elgar
In the last of our Masterworks series, Maestro Edo de Waart continues his season of great works with a programme of Mozart and Elgar.
29 October
Michael Fowler Centre
Beatlemania on Tour
All the Beatles’ biggest and most treasured hits, performed live and in their original key, with unseen attention to detail creating the sincerest Beatles sound around.
29 October
Opera House
November 2016
Ronan Keating
Touring in support of his 10th studio album, aptly entitled Time Of My Life, Keating says: “This is the music I’ve always wanted to make. This is who I am and it feels absolutely right. To go out with all this new material, and playing guitar, will be so exciting. These songs were written for live performance.”
5 November - 6 November
Michael Fowler Centre
Kristallnacht Holocaust Commemoration Concert
FIRST FLOOR GALLERY: Join us for an evening of rarely heard music performed by members of the NZ School of Music and the NZ Symphony Orchestra on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass. It is about human experience told in music.
9 November
St James Theatre
James
James in New Zealand for the very first time and with rave reviews from their recent UK tour, this concert is not to be missed!
10 November
Opera House
TLC
Earlier this year, TLC announced a new album for 2016, their first in over a decade. This November, one of the most respected and influential female hip hop & R&B acts comes to the Michael Fowler Centre.
10 November
Michael Fowler Centre
Stan Walker New Takeover TourCancelled
It is with deep disappointment that Stan Walker announces the postponement of his nationwide ‘New Takeover’ tour.
11 November
Opera House
Shapeshifter
Shapeshifter return to Wellington this November with support from Sachi and Sunshine Soundsystem.
11 November
Shed 6
Go Green Expo 2016
NZ's Largest Green Living & Sustainable Lifestyle Show all about Organics ~ Eco Home & Living ~ Beauty ~ Health & Wellness. Unique opportunities to Taste, Learn, Buy and Talk to exhibitors about their products and where you can purchase them. Live and interactive demonstrations and fascinating presentations.
12 November - 13 November
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Celtic Illusion: Witness the Magic
Celtic Illusion, the Dance and Magical Illusion sensation, is taking the world by storm. Electrifying Irish Dance fused with mind blowing magic and heart-racing music creating a sensory experience like no other.
16 November
St James Theatre
The Nutcracker
Following their sell-out 2015 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand to perform The Nutcracker.
18 November - 19 November
St James Theatre
The ABBA Show
Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town!
18 November
Opera House
The Last Waltz - 40th Anniversary Concert Tour
The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Concert Tour reunites two of the creative lynchpins of THE BAND for the very first time: the Band’s keyboard genius Garth Hudson and their music director John Simon, the "sixth member" of the Band that lit the torch of Americana for generations to come.
23 November
Opera House
Royal New Zealand Ballet - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Following its hugely successful world premiere last year, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream back for four Wellington shows only.
25 November - 27 November
St James Theatre
NZSO: A Symphonic Night at the Movies - Vertigo
The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most famous moments in film history.
26 November
Michael Fowler Centre
NZSO: A Symphonic Night at the Movies - Psycho
The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most famous moments in film history.
26 November
Michael Fowler Centre
December 2016
Grease
Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959. Grease is touring New Zealand – Just in time for your Christmas Party for 2016!
2 December
Opera House
Orchestra Wellington: Planets
While the theme of our season has focused on final works, we think what we really have explored has been the idea of creativity throughout life and its various stages.
3 December
Michael Fowler Centre
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
After a string of triumphant 2015 dates across North America, BEN HARPER and the Innocent Criminals will embark on a headline tour coming to New Zealand
4 December
Michael Fowler Centre
7 Days Live
Seven comedians, ten cities, 10 shows over three weeks: that’s your 7 Days Live! Be in the audience to see what happens when there are no cameras, censors or editors!
4 December
Opera House
NXT Live
Fresh from a sellout tour in August WWE® return to hold the first-ever NXT® LIVE events in Australia and New Zealand!
6 December
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZSO: Handel's Messiah
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a performance of Handel’s magnificent Messiah.
10 December
Michael Fowler Centre
Sol3 Mio Christmas on the Harbour - Waitangi Park
Sol3 Mio are pleased to announce that they will be bringing the Christmas cheer to Wellington’s Waitangi Park in "Christmas on the Harbour" for the very first time in 2016.
15 December
January 2017
St Petersburg Ballet - Swan Lake
For the first time in 15 years the critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to New Zealand with the world’s most loved ballet Swan Lake.
5 January - 7 January
St James Theatre
Jim Jefferies
He's the hottest ticket here and around the globe. See Jim live on his full New Zealand national tour in January 2017!
18 January
Michael Fowler Centre
Passenger
Passenger recently announced his 8th studio album 'Young As The Morning Old As The Sea' and will be at The Opera House, showcasing songs from the new record as well as breathing new life into many Passenger classics.
18 January
Opera House
Fly My Pretties: String Theory - Anderson Park, Wellington Botanic Gardens
After 12 years of incredible collaborative performances, Kiwi icons Fly My Pretties are hitting the road this summer, with a brand new album, playing in some of New Zealand’s most stunning outdoor venues.
22 January
PJ HarveySold Out
Billions Australia are pleased to announce that PJ Harvey is returning to New Zealand in January with her full 10-piece band. Her show in Wellington follows the release of the critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which hit #1 in the UK album charts.
25 January
Michael Fowler Centre
February 2017
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Boy
This unique live theatrical production is a companion piece to the eagerly anticipated first volume of his memoirs - Working Class Boy
11 February
St James Theatre
March 2017
Jim Beam Homegrown 2017 - Wellington Waterfront
Celebrating its 10th year, the Jim Beam Homegrown festival is back on March 4th and ready to fire on all cylinders! This one is guaranteed to sell-out.
4 March
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Twenty One Pilots - Emotional Roadshow
Widely considered among the most electrifying live acts in modern music, Twenty One Pilots have captivated audiences worldwide on sold-out arena runs and at international festivals with their transcendent stage show.
24 March
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
April 2017
The Very Best Of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson, the flute and voice of legendary classic rockers Jethro Tull, will bring the “ Very Best of Jethro Tull” concert tour to New Zealand in April 2017.
20 April
Michael Fowler Centre
May 2017
Swan Lake - Moscow Ballet La Classique
In this 2 acts performance of Swan Lake the illustrious Moscow Ballet ‘La Classique’ with their ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will capture the imagination, the passion and the romance of this classical ballet fairytale.
6 May
Opera House
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat snow reinvented for a new generation. With a contemporary twist, the show exudes all the colour, wit and energy of this irresistible family musical.
17 May - 21 May
Opera House
June 2017
July 2017
Russell Howard: Round The World - Live Tour
After completely selling out his Auckland show of Wonderbox here in 2014, Russell Howard is coming back with a brand new live show, Round the World, and this time bringing it to Wellington.
1 July
Opera House