Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2022 releases first events


The Aotearoa​ New Zealand​ Festival of the Arts​ returns at the end of this year and will run throughout 2022.

The biennial Wellington-based festival is the country’s biggest celebration of cutting-edge arts experiences, offering free and ticketed events across creative disciplines including theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music, opera and more.

The festival programme had been adapted for Covid-19, with many experiences able to go ahead under alert level 2

In a 45-minute immersive experience by HACKMAN, Destination Mars will take audiences on a high-stakes space mission set on planet Mars in the year 2034 in a giant dome environment. It runs at Te Papa from December 11 to March 20.

Audiences will also be able to see a verbatim theatre work combining documentary and kapa haka in The Haka Party Incident, which resurrects the 1979 day when an activist group challenges a group of engineering students rehearsing a mock haka. This runs from March 16 to 20 at the Opera House.

A full list of the events will be realised over the coming month.

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