Based on the experiences of children who lived through the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis, this sell-out drama portrays extreme events through a child’s eyes – naively wonderful, moving and unsettlingly funny.
SchoolFest, Writers & Readers 08 Mar
Writers & Readers Schools Day brings leading authors, illustrators, comics creators and Wellington students together across six inspiring sessions and two workshops.
Artist Talks, SchoolFest, Theatre 27 Feb – 01 Mar
Based on Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Sun Also Rises and set in the jazz age of post–World War I Europe, a group of lost youths is on a quest for freedom, love and life.
Dance, Music, SchoolFest, Spectacular 27 – 28 Feb
Meditative and explosive. Modern and spiritual. This remarkable fusion of martial arts, tai chi, dance, bold percussion and stunning visual effects will hook you in with its powerful, hypnotic pull.
Artist Talks, Music, SchoolFest
Drums that strike themselves. Loudspeakers that pivot and pirouette. Pianos whose keys tap dance ghostly toccatas. Welcome to a brave new world where self-playing instruments rule.
Two eye-popping digital adventures for schools at Future Playground and Capital E. More than just screens, this is pure artful inspiration where students make the magic.
Access, Family, Music, SchoolFest, Theatre
Auckland’s renowned Silo Theatre brings today’s kids an electric reimagining of the beloved children’s classic. Students will follow Peter as he travels deep into the woods. But be warned ... Don’t look behind you ...
Jazz great Wynton Marsalis has singled out Grammy Award–winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as a bright new star. A masterclass in voice and a must-hear for young musicians.
A Waka Odyssey, SchoolFest
Haere mai – Come on board a full-day, waka-themed excursion for your students.
Dance, NZ, SchoolFest, Workshop 22 – 27 Feb
Students can enjoy a dance workshop with Royal New Zealand Ballet dance educators inspired by the world-premiere production of The Piano: the ballet.
On stage, a house appears. Watch it fill room by room as generations of inhabitants move in, grow up, get old, argue, do laundry, fall in love, work and party.
Who took the life of baby Ara? Challenging and thought-provoking, Bless the Child is a story of life and death, good versus evil, and an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens.
SchoolFest, Writers & Readers
In a special Writers & Readers Schools Day workshop, students can hear about the strange series of events that led to RA Spratt becoming a children’s author and have a go at writing their own great comedy.
Dance, Music, SchoolFest
One of New Zealand's most acclaimed choreographers, Michael Parmenter, returns to the Festival with The New Zealand Dance Company for the world premiere season of OrphEus – a dance opera.
A Waka Odyssey, Kupe Dreaming, On The Road, SchoolFest, Theatre
Kupe, the great Pacific explorer and navigator, is the hero of this lively, lyrical solo show by treasured local poet and storyteller Apirana Taylor.
Artist Talks, SchoolFest, Theatre
A sell-out London hit that tackles the big topics against an energetic backdrop of banter, boasting and African beats. Lively, life-affirming and “irresistibly joyful”.
A vivid, compelling and at times hilarious cast of characters brings Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s enchanting and provocative poetry to life on the stage.
A Waka Odyssey, On The Road, SchoolFest
Prepare your students for a day full of waka fun at school. Students from around the greater Wellington region will have the chance to meet and hear from waka voyagers and explore the galaxy in a S.M.A.R.T. Trust Star Dome.
Circus, Family, SchoolFest
Whisk the whole class away to a village in Vietnam at À Ố Làng Phố – a circus show of extraordinary feats and infectious fun by a cast of daredevil acrobats and musicians.
SchoolFest, Writers & Readers
Sarah Laing's graphic memoir, Mansfield and Me, received widespread acclaim. In this workshop, she will guide students through structuring panel layouts and developing characters for a single-page comic.