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Kupe: New Zealand Festival Opening Night

Kupe: New Zealand Festival Opening Night

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  • Fri 23 Feb ’18, 7:00pm


Wellington Waterfront, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

As dusk falls, join a cast of thousands on Wellington’s stunning waterfront for the once-in-a-lifetime 2018 New Zealand Festival opening night event, Kupe, a new work by Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Kasia Pol.

Inspired by the great explorer and navigator Kupe’s arrival in Aotearoa, this free, whānau-friendly spectacular is a landmark celebration of our shared voyaging history.

Be a part of history in the making, as we welcome a majestic waka fleet including seven ocean-faring waka hourua* and their fearless crew, as they sail across the waters of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington Harbour – a moving finale to their months’-long journey from Samoa, the Cook Islands and around New Zealand.

Then let the sounds of the Pacific surround you in this theatrical extravaganza featuring performers, mass choir, a thousand-strong haka, and a musical score by Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots, Little Bushman).

A must-do for Moana fans, Kupe sparks a week-long celebration of our place in the Pacific, including a Petone beach party for all the whānau and more.

Haere mai – come on board now and join the Waka Odyssey journey at www.festival.co.nz/waka.

*Waka hourua are traditional double-hulled sailing canoes.

A project by Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr & Kasia Pol.
Created & written by Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr & Kasia Pol.
Project Navigator and Waka Expert Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr.

Project Director Anna Marbrook.
Project Designer Kasia Pol.

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