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Upcoming Events in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Fringe Festival 2018

2 Mar 2018 (Fri) - 24 Mar 2018 (Sat)

Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Fringe Festival Brings 130 Shows to Wellington.
For the last 28 years, New Zealands Fringe Festival has played host to a bevy of fresh, up and coming talents and provided a playground for established artists, not only from New Zealand, but around the World, to perform exciting new works from all mediums including Theatre, Music and Visual Arts.

Of course 2018 is no exception.

Last night the Fringe Team, alongside His Worship Mayor Justin Lester launched next year's chocker block programme and welcomed over 130 extraordinary shows to Wellington City. Proving the Fringe Festival truly has something for everyone.

Heineken Urban Polo Wellington

24 Mar 2018 (Sat)

Kelburn Park, Salamanca Road, Wellington

The coolest urban sporting & social event The Heineken Urban Polo is returning to Wellington this time at the very central Kelburn Park (next to University & Cable Car)
Set against a beautiful urban backdrop looking out to Wellington harbour & the cable car, the Heineken Urban Polo will be the best collision of sport, fine beverages, and music that Wellington will experience. The event includes three adrenaline-filled 30-minute polo games, live music from hottest DJ's, plus on and off-field entertainment.

CubaDupa Street Festival

24 Mar 2018 (Sat) - 25 Mar 2018 (Sun)

Cuba Dupa, 107 Cuba Street, Wellington

Be Extraordinary at CubaDupa!
Experience the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of the Cuba Quarter. Dress-up and join in the music, dance, parades and interactive areas as the line between performer and audience blurs.

Streets are pedestrianised to make room for 7 stages and over 130 talented acts giving over 200 performances over two days to surprise and delight all ages. Over 60 food stalls and outdoor licensed areas will whet the appetite as you weave through zones and roaming street acts.

Wear your party clothes, bring your friends and make the most of this celebration of creativity!

Wairarapa Balloon Festival 2018

29 Mar 2018 (Thu) - 2 Apr 2018 (Mon)

Clareville Showgrounds, Chester Road, Clareville, Carterton, Wairarapa

This is the must-see family fun event of the year – a festival for kids of all ages.
Be sure to welcome all the Hot Air Balloons during this 5-day region wide event with competitions and sky high spectacles that are sure to please!

Hurricanes vs Chiefs

13 Apr 2018 (Fri)

Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington

Join us at Our House Westpac Stadium as we take on the Chiefs in our round 8 Investec Super Rugby clash. Kick off 7:35pm.

Muppets, Music & Magic Film Fortnight

14 Apr 2018 (Sat) - 29 Apr 2018 (Sun)

Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington

The Jim Henson Retrospectacle on the giant screen.
Wellington hosts The Jim Henson Retrospectacle to celebrate the magic and wonder of Jim Henson’s legacy with a world-first showcase of events. The Jim Henson Retrospectacle sees Henson’s creative worlds come together again for the first time; live in concert, on the giant screen, and behind the seams.

Rare footage from deep within the Henson archives, experimental short films and commercials, classic feature films and a New Zealand premiere will to be announced shortly, will screen over a fortnight at the Embassy Theatre. International guests will introduce a number of the screenings.

Classic Henson films screen alongside rare material from the Henson archives and TV specials; plus excerpts from early television appearances, video’s of Jim’s experimental puppetry and animation work, rare commercials, and behind the scenes footage.

Classic Muppets movies including The Muppet Movie (1979), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Labyrinth (1986), and The Dark Crystal (1982) are highlights of this Muppets, Music & Magic Film Fortnight.

Recent Muppet features The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014), showcasing the musical talent of our own Bret McKenzie, will screen.

Muppet Historian Craig Shemin and our international guests attend screenings to present Jim’s creative work to New Zealand audiences with live commentary.

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

21 Apr 2018 (Sat) - 24 Apr 2018 (Tue)

Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

The much-loved Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang take centre stage in an all-new family musical, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, presented by Warner Bros.
Featuring everyone’s favourite characters from one of television’s longest-running animated series, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries is set to thrill audiences in New Zealand for the very first time across the country during the April school holidays!

Moscow Ballet La Classique - The Nutcracker

4 May 2018 (Fri)

The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners St, Te Aro, Wellington

Following 2017 sell-out performances of Swan Lake, Moscow Ballet La Classique returns to New Zealand to present the jewel of classical ballet, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular masterpiece The Nutcracker.
La Classique was founded in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov.

La Classique with its artistic ballet mastery, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will take us on a journey back in time to the frost-covered, gas lit world of Clara, her beloved nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer.

This romantic tale with its blend of magic and realism brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the famous “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “The Waltz of the Flowers.”

The greatest success of Russian Theatre is undoubtedly classical ballet with this delightful production of the much loved Nutcracker, La Classique captures the imagination, the passion, the humour and magic of the ballet.
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