Future Playground is almost sold out! There are still some tickets available for Friday 9 March, and limited availability for evening sessions on Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 March. Please contact Ticketmaster on 0800 120 071 for any specific ticket enquiries you might have.

Join us for an interactive, walk-through adventure  – bring your friends and family then stay and play. 

This eye-popping digital wonderland showcases some of the most ingenious, creative, boundary-pushing tech in the world, Future Playground is a total immersion experience.

In Future Playground, multimedia and digital artists from the United States, Turkey and Canada transform code into a thing of wonder and delight.

Future Playground is a space you can explore filled with interactive installations, some to be shared, others which take you on an individual journey. You’ll be blown away by the magic that can be made with light, sound, projection, virtual and augmented reality, when placed in the hands of some of the world’s most inventive artists.

Come and play!


Pop n’ Lock Dance MachineGet your body moving as you dance among a cast of animated characters. Great for kids and the young at heart. By Catshrine.

Infinity Room: Step into the upside-down world of Infinity Room where mesmerising moving light and sound transform the walls, floor and ceiling around you. By Refik Anadol.

Lumarca: Be amazed by this captivating light sculpture that shows a variety of mesmerizing and dynamic volumetric imagery . By Matt Parker, Josh Holtsford & Albert Hwang.

Pearl: Emmy award winning and Oscar-nominated, Pearl, is a 360 VR story that follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country in their beloved hatchback, chasing their dreams. By Patrick Osborne and Google Spotlight Stories.*

Manifest 99: An ominous and eerie story about finding redemption in the afterlife, exploring scale, perspective, and personal connection unlike any other VR experience. By Flight School.*

Prosthetic Reality: An augmented reality art book featuring 45 artists from around the world. By Sutu and Lukasz Karluk.*

Move Studio: Enter a space where unfettered movement takes you in unexpected directions. Built of dance, basketball, and you. By Melissa Painter.*

SUBPAC Sound Meditation: UK electronic music pioneer DJ FreQ Nasty leads an immersive musical journey using SUBPAC physical audio units to create a sense of tranquility, connectedness, and well-being through both live and recorded soundscapes. By Darin McFadyen.*

Tree: A haptically enhanced virtual reality experience, transforms participants into a tree in the rain forest, allowing them to experience the tree's life, from a seedling to its fullest form, and witness its fate firsthand. By New Reality Company.* 

Exp.Inst.Wood: A contemporary, exploratory artworks that fuse low tech with high tech, including interactive  art installations, public artworks, and video. By Balam Soto.

This is the future of art. Be among the first in New Zealand to experience it.

* Future of StoryTelling


Before you arrive at Future Playground, we recommend you download the free mobile app for Prosthetic Reality from 'EyeJack' to fully experience the augmented reality art exhibition. You can bring your headphones too if you like – each artwork has its own soundtrack. Please note you will need sufficient storage space on your phone to download this app. 

Here’s a simple how-to guide:

  • Go to your App Store and search “EyeJack” – then select “Open”.
  • At the bottom of the EyeJack home screen you will see two symbols – an eye and a frame. Select the frame.
  • Prosthetic Reality will appear at the top of your screen – simply select and then click “Launch AR” and download to your phone.
Now the app is downloaded and you are ready to go!

Discover More

Experience a glimpse of the magic of Future Playground in our Facebook video.

"The future is digital," on Stuff.

"There are plenty of activities and exhibits that are worth your time at Future Playground," says Tearaway.

What can we expect from Future Playground interactive installations Infinity Room and Lumarca? Guest artists Refik Anadol and Matt Parker tell us more in ARTicle.

Sessions start every 15mins, last entry 7.45pm for 9pm closing.

The performances on Tue 6 – Thu 8 Mar at 1–2pm will be relaxed performances. Tickets $15 with free companion ticket. To book for these sessions please call 04 912 0411 or email ticketing@festival.co.nz

Babies under 12 months old are free. Please be aware there is limited space for strollers and you may be required to carry your child.  

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