The New Zealand Festival is a curated Festival. Artists are invited to perform by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Shelagh Magadza.

The programming of the Festival is an ongoing process. Shelagh will spend part of each year travelling the world in search of artists and performances to bring to Wellington. She works with companies and individual performers to develop projects and programmes, and this work is often done years in advance.

If you think you or your company have an exciting proposal suitable for the New Zealand Festival or the Wellington Jazz Festival, please email or you can post information or invitations to:

Artistic Director
New Zealand Festival
PO Box 10 113
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please note that the Festival receives a lot of information and is not always able to acknowledge receipt of, return, or offer assessment or feedback on material.


The New Zealand Festival invites all members of the professional arts community to join the Artist Register 2018 and receive discounted tickets to experience some of the most inspiring performing arts that the world has to offer.

The Artist Register is open to professional artists, technicians and arts administrators working for a performing arts company, cooperative or ensemble, or as a freelancer in the professional performing arts.

Approved members of the Artist Register are entitled to receive an Artists' Card. providing the following benefits:

  • a 50% discount on one ticket (per performance) to a New Zealand Festival event on the day of the show if there is space available.
  • a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets 

Read our full Artists' Card terms and conditions.

Applications closed.