The Performance Arcade Trust

The Performance Arcade Trust

The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated event on Wellington Waterfront.


An arrangement of shipping containers provides a temporary architecture for live music and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Offering new encounters between artists and the public; creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and our community. Open 12 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

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To promote, support and develop awareness of live art, site specific installation art, audio visual and performing arts in New Zealand. To educate the public about performance art related activities. To create opportunities for emerging artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. To enable the public to engage and identify with art, enjoying new experiences, and gaining new insights. To take art outside of the gallery and theatre and into public spaces and to provide access to free artistic experiences for the wider public.

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Become a Friend of the Arcade!  7 February 2020

Kia ora everyone!

Would you like to become a friend of the Arcade? The Performance Arcade 2020 has created an exclusive Friends programme which you can be a part of!


- A personally curated tour of The Performance Arcade. Meet the artists and hear from Artistic Director, Sam Trubridge about each work.

- Exclusive invitation to friends art evening 2021.

- First glance at the PA2021 programme of artists and performers

- Invites to all future launch events and Performance Arcade news

Join us today for $200 per year.

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Jacqui on 11 May 2021
Richard on 05 May 2021
NICHOLAS on 06 Apr 2020
Lisa on 03 Mar 2020
A fabulous free event...lovely to have on when NZ festival of arts is happening (expensively) at same time
Kirsty on 03 Mar 2020
Fantastic weekend!

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