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.