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AUCKLAND 2011 October 14-24
WELLINGTON 2011 February 24-27

Winner of three NZ Fringe Festival Awards, 2012: Best Visual Arts, Best Outdoor Show, and Best Production Design.

A line of shipping containers provides a venue for a selection of performance installations and a programme of events, from live music through to live art. Opening onto the bustling life of inner city sites and waterfronts, this performance event engages with a broad community through the public display of installation, performance, live art and digital media.

The Arcade currently runs as an annual event on Wellington’s Waterfront each February/March: open over two weeks and operating daily as a ‘13 hour performance space’ each day. In addition to the containers, the Arcade houses a schedule of mobile performances, music events , and public discussions on a specially built ‘container stage’. With a bar, stall food, and relaxing ambience, this space plays host to a dynamic series of performance works, concerts, and public discussions.

The Playground NZ receives artist’s submissions for The Performance Arcade (Wellington) every July, for February/March the following year. For information about submitting a work to next year’s Arcade click here.

A beautifully curated programme of performing and visual art works.
Mark Amery, Radio NZ National

This is the type of work that will really reward repeat visits, and the beauty of the way it has been curated is that you can just walk past and see what’s going on at anytime you find yourself unoccupied and nearby. It feels as though work like this has been sorely missing from recent Fringe Festivals
Helen Sims, Theatreview

 An extraordinary breakthrough for Wellington
Sophie Jerram, EyeContact

We went for a quick look at the Arcade and ended up staying for ages; unsurprisingly, city workers have been repeat lunchtime visitors.
Janet McAllister, The NZ Herald

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