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May 2016
NZ Opera: The Magic Flute
A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is the opera that has it all - drama, comedy, magic, good conquering evil and of course, the most sublime music.
28 May - 4 June
St James Theatre
Wellington Saints vs Hawke's Bay Hawks
Arguably Wellington's most successful sporting franchise, get down to TSB Bank Arena to see the hottest basketball action courtside!
29 May
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
June 2016
NZ Opera: The Magic Flute
A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s The Magic Flute is the opera that has it all - drama, comedy, magic, good conquering evil and of course, the most sublime music.
28 May - 4 June
St James Theatre
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ - UOSWSF 2016
Forty-nine stimulating Shakespeare scenes by selected secondary students from throughout NZ will delight, astound, inspire and challenge audiences as they bring currency to his 425 year old plays.
3 June - 4 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Air Supply
David Roy Williams Music and KillRockstar is proud to announce Air Supply, one of New Zealand’s most loved and successful music acts
3 June
Opera House
NZ Art Show
Discover a diverse range of artwork from new and emerging artists, and follow the journeys of other artists, at New Zealand's largest affordable and accessible art sale.
3 June - 6 June
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ - UOSWSF 2016
Forty-nine stimulating Shakespeare scenes by selected secondary students from throughout NZ will delight, astound, inspire and challenge audiences as they bring currency to his 425 year old plays.
5 June
St James Theatre
The Michael Jackson HIStory Show
This show features all of MJ’s greatest hits performed live by multi-talented impersonator Dantanio.
5 June
Opera House
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.This wildly popular international phenomenon comes to New Zealand for the first time
7 June - 19 June
St James Theatre
The Big Sing 2016
Wellington’s annual secondary school choral festival – The Big Sing – presents 35 school choirs from the Greater Wellington Region at two gala concerts.
8 June - 9 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington Jazz Festival: Wayne Shorter Quartet
Experience the searing sax styling of jazz giant and Miles Davis favourite Wayne Shorter.
8 June
Opera House
Wellington Jazz Festival 2016
The Wellington Jazz Festival (8-12 June 2016) is the city’s biggest mid-winter music fest, bringing you 100 gigs in five days and countless good vibes.
8 June - 12 June
Opera House
Wellington Jazz Festival: Karrin Allyson & the Tom Warrington Trio (USA/NZ)
Be swept away by smooth jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson, joined by the Tom Warrington Trio and New Zealand School of Music Big Band.
9 June
Opera House
Wellington Jazz Festival: Mulatu Astatke with Black Jesus Experience ETH/AUS
A master of the vibraphone, Mulatu is a world music originator and constant innovator who has combined the exotic sound of his Ethiopian homeland...
10 June
Opera House
Home & Interiors Ideas, Inspiration and Expertise
Welcome to a wealth of creative exhibits and fabulous features wrapped in a warm and pleasant atmosphere in Wellington's finest exhibition venue.
10 June - 12 June
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
Wellington Jazz Festival: Snarky Puppy (USA)
Snarky Puppy has worked with some of the music industry’s biggest players including Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, and won fans worldwide
11 June
Opera House
Orchestra Wellington: Odes to Joy
How else can we begin our exploration of “final” works other than with the symphony that cast its shadow over an entire century?
11 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington Jazz Festival: Borrowed, Blue, Old but New (NZ)
Take a break with some of New Zealand’s most iconic entertainers, as they jazz up the great New Zealand songbook.
12 June
Opera House
Wellington Jazz Festival: Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton (USA)
The huge voice that has backed the Rolling Stones for 25 years and belted out that iconic chorus on Gimme Shelter, Lisa Fischer...
12 June
Opera House
Exposure: The NZ Photo Show
Come and see, touch and feel gear from major industry brands and retailers. View an incredible exhibition of hundreds of award winning photographs.
16 June - 19 June
Shed 6
Wellington Careers Expo
Looking for career ideas makes sure you visit the New Zealand Career Expo to mingle with a wide range of range of exhibitors - employers, industry, tertiary providers, training institutes, government departments, and corporate New Zealand.
17 June - 18 June
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZSO: Scheherazade
We welcome back to the NZSO the Peruvian maestro and master of colour, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, in this sumptuous programme of lush exoticism.
17 June
Michael Fowler Centre
Avalanche City: The Little Fire NZ Tour
Avalanche City will tour throughout New Zealand this May and June on the ‘The Little Fire’ tour, with support from singer/songwriter Ciaran McMeeken.
18 June
Opera House
Smokefreerockquest 2016
Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Now in its 27th year, the series of over 40 events reaches audience numbers in excess of 10,000 every year.
24 June
Opera House
July 2016
CMNZ: Suyeon Kang & Stephen De Pledge
In 2015 Suyeon Kang became the first Australian to win the coveted Michael Hill International Violin Competition; also taking home the Audience Prize.
2 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Central Pulse vs Melbourne Vixens
With a new-look playing roster and coaching staff in place, the prospect of fresh beginnings beckons for the Central Pulse ahead of this season’s ANZ Championship netball league.
4 July
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
NZSO: Sir Andrew Davis: Illuminations
An immense mystery and awe lies at the centre of Messiaen’s hypnotic last work, Eclairs sur l’Au-Delà, (Illuminations of the Beyond).
8 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Orchestra Wellington: Capriccio
Richard Strauss is an extraordinary candidate for inclusion in this series.
16 July
Michael Fowler Centre
Mister Maker & the Shapes Live on Stage
Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!
16 July - 17 July
Opera House
Broods
The New Zealand duo – composed of Georgia and brother Caleb Nott – just wrapped up a series of West Coast arena dates with Ellie Goulding now coming to NZ...
17 July
Shed 6
The Wiggles: Wiggle Town Tour!
With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to The Wiggle Town tour will sell like … Hot Potatoes!
20 July
St James Theatre
Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival
Get ready to enter a world of enchantment featuring the most magical moments from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.
28 July - 31 July
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
CMNZ: Julian Bliss & NZTrio
British clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss is back in the country, joining forces with our own adventurous NZTrio.
28 July
Michael Fowler Centre
The Kills
It’s been seven years since The Kills last played New Zealand and their highly anticipated return has been rumoured since news broke of their upcoming Australian show dates.
29 July
Shed 6
NZSO: Mozart & Strauss
In a concert of contrasts, hear Maestro Edo de Waart’s interpretations of Mozart and Strauss masterworks.
30 July
Michael Fowler Centre
August 2016
The Internet
Do not miss your chance to see THE INTERNET perform their beautifully crafted and genre-defying funk-tinted R&B soul - these shows will sell fast!
4 August
Shed 6
NZSO: Strauss - Four Last Songs
The rapturous Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss represent a pinnacle in the orchestral song repertoire.
6 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Royal New Zealand Ballet - Giselle
Romantic, mystical and lyrical, Giselle is a timeless production of one of classical ballet’s great stories.
11 August - 14 August
St James Theatre
The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show
Starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids live in concert and direct from sell out shows across Europe, this show is not just a brilliant tribute but a spectacular concert experience in its own right and should not be missed!
12 August
Opera House
Ultimate Bowie
An authentic salute to David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, Showcase Entertainment Group and Pacific Entertainment are pleased to present the UK's No. 1 David Bowie tribute show ULTIMATE BOWIE
16 August
Opera House
Shreya Ghoshal: Live in Concert
Shreya Ghoshal is an Indian playback singer. She has received four National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards, five for Best Female Playback and one for RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
19 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Orchestra Wellington: Mozart 1791
Mozart fills the second of our two programmes dedicated to a single composer. His final year saw the creation of an array of masterpieces
20 August
Michael Fowler Centre
Menopause The Musical
Ladies – and brave men keen to avoid domestic meltdowns by not attending – MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL is set to pour more blood, sweat (think buckets) and tears...
25 August
Opera House
Artsplash 2016
Artsplash is a young people’s arts festival that brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington to celebrate dance, music, drama, visual art and wearable art.
29 August - 2 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Shaolin Warriors
Featuring 22 Kung Fu Masters, this breath-taking fully choreographed show vividly illustrates the agility and miraculous physical endurance these warriors achieve through rigorous martial arts training and focused Buddhist meditation.
31 August - 4 September
St James Theatre
September 2016
Artsplash 2016
Artsplash is a young people’s arts festival that brings together primary and intermediate schools throughout Wellington to celebrate dance, music, drama, visual art and wearable art.
29 August - 2 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Shaolin Warriors
Featuring 22 Kung Fu Masters, this breath-taking fully choreographed show vividly illustrates the agility and miraculous physical endurance these warriors achieve through rigorous martial arts training and focused Buddhist meditation.
31 August - 4 September
St James Theatre
The Merry Widow
Shake off the Winter blues with this sparkling English-language production of Lehár’s celebrated romantic comic opera, featuring a cast of 40 singers and dancers, fully staged with 27 piece orchestra.
2 September - 3 September
Opera House
NZSO: Swing into Spring
Visiting 12 centres throughout New Zealand from Kerikeri to Invercargill, Swing into Spring is our most extensive tour of the season.
3 September
Michael Fowler Centre
Orchestra Wellington: To the Memory of an Angel
Our Fourth Subscription Series concert tells a real story. We hear three final works by composers closely associated with Vienna – Mahler, Schubert and Berg.
10 September
Michael Fowler Centre
QUINTESSENCE: NZSQ & James Dunham
The New Zealand String Quartet is joined by Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for this special experience
17 September
Michael Fowler 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
October 2016
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
Beyond the Barricade
For one night only in each city, the UK’s favourite musical theatre concert - Beyond the Barricade -makes its debut in New Zealand on a 21-city tour.
1 October
Opera House
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
Hi-5 - House of Dreams
Hi-5 are so excited to be returning to New Zealand after many years and are thrilled to be on free-to-air with their broadcast partners Channel FOUR.
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: 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
Jim Jefferies
With his May headline shows already completely sold out, it’s clear that Kiwis cannot get enough of Australian comedian Jim Jefferies.
28 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
November 2016
Go Green Expo 2016
Everything you need for better living.
Discover exciting new choices at NZ’s largest organic and sustainable living show.
12 November - 13 November
TSB Bank Arena & Convention Centre
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
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
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
NZSO: Handel's Messiah
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a performance of Handel’s magnificent Messiah.
10 December
Michael Fowler Centre
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
Twenty One Pilots - Emotional Roadshow Tour
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
May 2017
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