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High Five Events for Thursday 21 Feb – Performance Arcade!

The Performance Arcade: 2019 Music Series: Week One

The Live Music Series is back! Our exciting 2019 line-up features a hand-picked selection of local and International bands and artists .

Head to our pop-up bar for an exclusive Arcade brew by Tuatara, grab some delicious hot food from Food For The People and relax on the grass as laid back afternoon sessions lead into vibrant night time sets.

Since 2011 the Live Music Series has developed a reputation amongst musicians and fans as an exciting opportunity to discover new sounds, try new ideas, and encounter some of the best from Wellington’s formidable music scene.

Fully licensed event with a POP-UP BAR serving up a special Arcade Brew by Tuatara Brewing and wine by Left Field Wines, whilst Food for the People provide the best in hot food.
No BYO permitted

Visit for more information and to check out the PA2019 Spotify playlists

Thursday 21 Feb
7:00pm – Paper Ghost
8:00pm – Hans Pucket
9:30pm – Kuki Koori

The Performance Arcade – 55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Hamlet – Summer Shakespeare

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic plays, built around its compelling, chameleon-like central character. Our production of Hamlet will feature a woman, Stevie Hancox-Monk, in the eponymous lead role.

Part-ghost story, part-thriller, part-dark comedy, Hamlet moves at a breakneck pace towards a tragic conclusion. An innovative new interpretation of one of the world’s most enduring stories, Summer Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the perfect opportunity to experience the Bard at its best over a family-friendly picnic in the beautiful Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens.

According to the show’s award-winning director David O’Donnell, Associate Professor in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, a female Hamlet reflects Summer Shakespeare’s equal opportunity casting policy and reinforces the relevance of Shakespeare’s greatest writing to all of humanity.

A special Schools Preview will be performed on 14/2/18. Teachers contact: [email protected] for more information.

Please dress warmly, long pants and jersey recommended. Bring a picnic and BYO beverage of your choice.

Show run time is 3 hours including a 15-minute interval.
Wet weather venue is announced five hours before each performance at

No smoking or vaping allowed in the Botanic Gardens.

Summer Shakespeare is a 36-year-old tradition in Wellington, proudly sponsored by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.

Hamlet – Summer Shakespeare
The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens
15 February – 2 March

Dances of Africa

Shake, shimmy and groove to the soulful rhythms of Africa, led by Jenny Bloomfield and accompanied with live drumming by African Beats NZ. You will be guided through a warm up, learn some moves, and put the choreography to music for an interactive high energy experience, followed by a relaxing stretch, so you leave feeling great! Bring water and come ready to have fun!

About the tutor:
Jenny is a dance artist and educator, dedicated to sharing joy and creating community through music and movement. Her classes are high energy, fun and inclusive. She is the founder and director of the Moringa Dancers, an African style muliticultural dance troupe in Wellington, who have come together from across the globe through a shared love of expressive movement and collaboration with live percussion. She shares and performs traditional West African dances and rhythms and creative afro-inspired choreographies, all with a deep respect for the ancient and living communities these rhythms originate from. She is a frequent host for visiting African artists to share their knowledge and experience with the local community.

Tickets · $10 –

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre – Cnr Rintoul & Colombo Sts, Newtown, Wellington,

Performance Arcade: Taste Arcade

The Performance Arcade is returning to Wellington Waterfront for its 2019 festival of live art and music. Running over two weekends, the festival is an accessible and free event for all.

Taste Arcade is a walking menu of culinary performances that will take you along the heart of Wellington waterfront. Follow the pink line to discover a hidden world of edible delights with new exclusive menus, unique cocktails and unforgettable experiences by local bars, restaurants, cafes and food artists.


For time, date and location details and ticketing information visit:

Hot! Like A Mexican / Travel from Mexico to New Zealand. Taste authentic Mexican food while experiencing Andres’ story of breaking boundaries and crossing borders in Mexico, USA and New Zealand.

Gelissimo Gelateria / Gelato as black and mysterious as the night is dark, topped with marshmallows, torched till toasted, and wrapped in exotic Persian pashmak. Indulge yourself and unlock the mystery of cone’s heart…

La Bella Italia / An interactive performance inspired by La Bella Italia for guests to participate, learn and contribute to the communal table. A workshop where guests create their own handmade pasta by working with eggs, flour and more. *requires booking – tickets available here:

Mojo Coffee Roastery / Coffee passes many hands before it’s crafted into the perfect cup. Stop by the Mojo Coffee Roastery and immerse yourself in the world of coffee. Discover and taste your way through a free short self- guided experience.

St Johns Bar & Eatery / ‘The Long Lunch’ is held on St John’s Bar & Eatery lawns overlooking Whairepo lagoon. Enjoy a delicious 4 course meal with complimentary bubbles and support a local charity. *requires booking – ticket link to follow.

Shed 5 Restaurant & Bar / Land & Sea – Thai beef & octopus salad – eye fillet, slow braised octopus, 3 bean salad, wakame, mint, coriander, coconut puree / The Pink Beach Cocktail – Join us on our tropical “Pink Beach Courtyard” and enjoy the “Pink Beach” – vanilla vodka, cranberry and pineapple juice, raspberry, passionfruit, lime with a blue curacao rim garnished with candy floss.

Pōneke By Mojo / Taste a Bloody Mary Cocktail, Chicago-style, Extra Loud! It’s the tallest, savoriest cocktail you’ll ever try: tomato, vodka and ALL the extras; smoked bacon, oysters, olives, fried chicken, cheese…

Dockside Restaurant Bar NZ / Dancing Queen Cocktail – Created by our flamboyant Queen Ellie. Amisfield Pinot Noir, Black Spot Rum, Lime, and Cointreau fire extinguished by cranberry foam / The Pink Lime: Mexico meets New Zealand by Alan B. Guava, lime, and grapefruit in perfect harmony with Herradura Tequila Plata.

The Enormous Crocodile & Shake / A ledgen-dairy vegan version of one our most popular milkshake creations. To be shared… or not! You decide how to eat it and where to start.

The Crab Shack – Wellington / Tuna Poke – Line caught “block chain” Pacific Tuna / Marinated raw tuna, chilli, soy & sesame, cucumber, edamame & wakame salad / The Pink Flamingo Cocktail / Every kids meal ordered gives you 3 chances to catch a crab and win at the Pink Pond.

Jelly Lands by Caitlin Le Harivel / The Performance Arcade Body Box / 1 – 2 March, 6:10 – 7pm *requires booking – tickets available here:

Sky Salad by Anna Cacace / The Performance Arcade Body Box / 1 – 3 March, 12 – 2pm *requires booking – email Anna at [email protected]


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Te Papa: Open late during Matatini Ka tuwhera ā pō noa

Join us for a late night. The whole museum, including Terracotta Warriors, is open until 9pm on Thur 21–Sat 23 Feb.

General museum entry free but entry fees apply for ‘Terracotta Warriors’.