Please note that programming for the 2020 New Zealand Festival
is now complete.


The New Zealand Festival of the Arts is a curated Festival and artists are programmed by invitation. While the majority of our international programme will be selected by our guest curators, we are always interested in hearing from artists and organisations, having conversations and exploring how your work aligns with our Festival. New Zealand work is selected and commissioned by the Festival Creative Director, Marnie Karmelita.

For additional information about this process please read our Artist FAQs.

If you think you or your company have an exciting proposal suitable for the New Zealand Festival or the Wellington Jazz Festival, please email or you can post information or invitations to:

Creative Director
New Zealand Festival
PO Box 10 113
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Please note that the Festival receives a lot of information and is not always able to acknowledge receipt of, return, or offer assessment or feedback on material.


The New Zealand Festival of the Arts invites all members of the professional arts community to join the Artist Register 2020 and receive discounted tickets to experience some of the most inspiring performing arts that the world has to offer.

The Artist Register is open to professional artists, technicians and arts administrators working for an arts company, cooperative or ensemble, or as a freelancer in the professional arts sector.

Approved members of the Artist Register are entitled to receive an Artists' Card. providing the following benefits:

  • a 50% discount on one ticket (per performance) to a New Zealand Festival of the Arts event on the day of the show if there is space available.
  • a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets

Read our full Artists' Card terms and conditions.

Apply here.