• Yo La Tengo
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Yo La Tengo

15 Mar | $28 – $58

One of the most beloved and respected indie bands in America brings its “laid-back melange of shuffling beats, guitar fuzz and vocal purity” (The Independent) to the Festival. Read more

  • Neko Case
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Neko Case

12 Mar – 13 Mar | $43 – $48

As well as being a member of The New Pornographers, indie singer-songwriter Neko Case has released six solo albums. Her latest is “typically sumptuous and lusciously heart-rending” (NME). Read more

  • Between Zero and One
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Between Zero and One

10 Mar | $28 – $58

Inspired by ancient and modern rhythms, this ambitious project by one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognised composers includes guest musicians from around the world and interactive projections by Tim Gruchy. Read more

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Westpac Festival Hub

21 Feb – 16 Mar | FREE

The Westpac Festival Hub is the place to be over the Festival. Read more

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Tales From The Forbidden City

9 Mar | $43 – $58

The most renowned contemporary ensemble in China joins with the acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet to perform works written especially for the two groups by Chinese and New Zealand composers. Read more

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St John Passion

5 Mar | $28 – $118

Appearing for the first time in New Zealand, this world-class orchestra and choir performs Bach’s famous St John Passion. Read more

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Lutheran Masses

6 Mar | $28 – $108

Appearing for the first time in New Zealand, this world-class orchestra and choir performs Bach’s Lutheran Masses. Read more

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Selling Fast | 8 Mar – 9 Mar | $28 – $68

This flamboyant three-piece returns to New Zealand with a lushly-staged production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s eerie epic poem. Part-gig, part-movie, the band performs within a giant projected set by American artist Mark Holthusen. Read more

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The Ballad of Backbone Joe

5 Mar – 6 Mar | $43 – $48

Award-winning “junkyard theatre” trio The Suitcase Royale tell the story of a bare knuckle fighter in the outback and the mysterious death of his promoter Messy Dimes Dan. Read more

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Requiem for the Fallen

Door Sales | 28 Feb | $53 – $58

This is the world premiere of a dramatic new work written in commemoration of World War I by composer Ross Harris, poet Vincent O’Sullivan and taonga pūoro composer Horomona Horo. Read more

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Sounds and Sweet Airs: Songs of Shakespeare

25 Feb | $53 – $58

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir will perform a programme of songs inspired by the Bard. Read more

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Brel: The Words and Music of Jacques Brel

Selling Fast | 26 Feb – 2 Mar | $63 – $68

Cabaret noir comes to the James Cabaret as Kiwi rock stars Jon Toogood and Julia Deans join singers Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Tama Waipara to interpret Jacques Brel’s infamous songbook. Read more

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Frente Cumbiero

14 Mar – 15 Mar | $43 – $48

Frente Cumbiero’s modern take on Afro-Caribbean cumbia mixes live instruments with electronica. Read more

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Candice McQueen: Nasty!

8 Mar – 9 Mar | $43 – $48

Starring an immortal demi-goddess who has partied her way around the world for thousands of years, Nasty! is a comedy cabaret set against a backdrop of ‘90s pop culture. Read more

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Paul Brady

Sold Out | 9 Mar | $43 – $48

Get along to the James Cabaret to see one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular songwriters, who defies genre by incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop styles. Read more

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Royale Riot

7 Mar | $43 – $48

Wear your best dancing shoes for Royale Riot – it’ll be a night of bent and broken rockabilly tunes. Read more

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Five by Five: Beethoven-Symphony No. 5 and Coriolan Overture

24 Feb | $20 – $25

Experience the drama and excitement of five of the world’s most impressive symphonies – short enough to fit into a lunch break and priced to match. Read more

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Kelemen Quartet

14 Mar | $35 – $70

In New Zealand for the first time, one of Europe’s most exciting string quartets presents a programme that pairs Haydn and Mozart with Kodály and Bartók. Read more

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Rhythm and Reels

Door Sales | 9 Mar – 10 Mar | $38

All star Irish band featuring Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí Read more

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Five by Five: Schubert-Symphony No. 5 and Rosamunde Overture

3 Mar | $20 – $25

Experience the drama and excitement of five of the world’s most impressive symphonies – short enough to fit into a lunch break and priced to match. Read more

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Selling Fast | 21 Feb – 22 Feb | $38 – $98

Get ready for an invasion, as New Zealand welcomes the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to Wellington for a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series. Read more

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Five by Five: Tchaikovsky-Symphony No. 5

7 Mar | $20 – $25

Experience the drama and excitement of five of the world’s most impressive symphonies – short enough to fit into a lunch break and priced to match. Read more

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Five by Five: Sibelius-Symphony No. 5 and Karelia Suite

10 Mar | $20 – $25

Experience the drama and excitement of five of the world’s most impressive symphonies – short enough to fit into a lunch break and priced to match. Read more

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Five by Five: Shostakovich-Symphony No. 5

13 Mar | $20 – $25

Experience the drama and excitement of five of the world’s most impressive symphonies – short enough to fit into a lunch break and priced to match. Read more

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Spanish Music of the 17th Century

23 Feb – 24 Feb | $38 – $48

Fans of early music will relish this opportunity to see “the finest lute player in the world today” (San Francisco Chronicle). Read more

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The Big Bang

21 Feb | FREE

Bring your friends and family and we’ll bring the noise as Wellington welcomes the world at this spectacular opening night event. Read more

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Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood)

To mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, New Zealand Opera presents a special one-act opera featuring soloists, a children’s chorus, an orchestra and the audience. Read more

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Charles Bradley

Selling Fast | 22 Feb – 23 Feb | $43 – $48

This will be an unforgettable night of heartfelt grooves from the “Screaming Eagle of Soul”, who overcame a lifetime of struggle to become a professional singer at age 62. Read more

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner-Festival Talk

9 Mar | FREE

Artist Mark Holthusen will talk about the magical world of multimedia and working with cult British musical trio The Tiger Lillies. Read more

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Ainadamar

2 Mar | $28 – $126

Soloists from the Grammy Award-winning recording star alongside the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in this exceptional contemporary opera by the “saviour of classical music” (The New York Times). Read more

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Dawn Pōwhiri

21 Feb | FREE

Join the Festival team as we welcome international and local artists to Te Ahurei Toi o Aotearoa / New Zealand Festival. Read more

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Bach Collegium Japan-Festival Talk

5 Mar | FREE

Bach Collegium Japan founder Masaaki Suzuki will talk about his life as a musician, conductor and teacher, and on becoming a leading authority on the works of Bach. Read more

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Madeleine Peyroux

Sold Out | 23 Feb | $28 – $78

Madeleine Peyroux, whose latest album debuted at number one on the jazz charts on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon, performs one very special concert, accompanied by a band and string ensemble. Read more

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