National Arts Festival

We have made the difficult decision not to hold our National Arts Festival for Children in 2021. Our next Festival will instead be held in 2023. This is due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Our festival brings Aotearoa’s finest performance artists and international artists together to present work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to experience high quality distinctive work. 2023 may seem a long way off, but to bring international acts into New Zealand and resource the festival to an accessible standard we need a lot of lead in time! We can’t wait to bring you the Festival in 2023!

We want more high quality children’s work made in Aotearoa and have been developing a Creative Collider Artist Residency and Capacity Building Programme for New Zealand artists to fuel more work for young audiences. This Residency and Programme aims to nurture, support and encourage artistic excellence in work made for young audiences. We hope to schedule a number of test performances from artists that participate in our Creative Collider Artist Residency for schools in the latter half of 2021 and 2022. You can keep up to date with all things Capital E by signing up to our newsletter here.


Capital E is taking over Wellington!

Mouth Open Story Jump Out for the Capital E National Arts Festival 2017. Wellington, NZ. 22.03.17. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court | Capital E's National Arts Festival 2019

9 – 22 March 2019

Created just for children and young people, the National Arts Festival will see national and international artists take over the city! Tamariki will be transported to wonderful new worlds and surprising settings with acrobatics, 3D shadow puppets, music, street performance, comedy, and dance. You’ll see local stories, strange stories, historical tales, unexpected characters and will be inspired by the talented actors and story-tellers. The National Arts Festival is a celebration of performance that ignites and fuels the spark of creativity in the children and young people of Aotearoa.

Capital E | Staff | Marianne Taylor | Nation Arts Festival Wellington

From our Creative Producer

It’s wonderful to see the passion and commitment of artists making work for young audiences. We all share the heartfelt belief that children deserve the very best performance art possible. This year’s National Arts Festival for Children brings Aotearoa’s finest performers and international acts from Denmark, Japan and Australia to celebrate some of the best work made for children.

We live in the city of the verb – a city of action, and this festival is set to evoke and stimulate your sense of fun, joy and celebration. Be in quick and book your tickets!

Marianne Taylor


Creative Producer


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