What’s on in Wellington this week – Oct 30- Dec 3



Concert: The Rosary Sonatas: The Sorrowful Mysteries by Heinrich Biber

St Teresa’s Catholic Church, 301 Karori Rd, 6pm, koha

A rare performance of part of Biber’s sublime masterpiece, played on Baroque instruments by Anne Loeser, violin; Douglas Mews, harpsichord and organ; and Jane Young, cello.

Art trail: The Paved Canvas

Main St, Upper Hutt, until December 19, free

Follow Upper Hutt’s very own art trail through pieces that are traditional, cutting-edge and inspiring.

Exhibition: Garden Leave

Toi Pōneke Gallery, Abel Smith Street, until December 5

Garden Leave, by Toi Pōneke Art Centre’s visual artist-in-residence Matilda Fraser, examines the future of work and labour in an economic landscape impacted by pandemics, recessions, global trade, automation and excess.

Event: Light Years Christmas

Capital E, until December 22, 9.30am-3.30pm, free

Bring the little ones to be dazzled by Light Years Christmas, powered by Flick Electric Co at Capital E’s PlayHQ. Expect an array of light-based play activities, including interactive, light-up “Flickmas trees”, stars dripping from the ceiling, a glow table, light art and more.


Books: Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

Unity Books, 6-7:30pm, free

NZIER and Unity Books are offering the Prime Minister, her new Cabinet – and all New Zealanders – summer reading material. A range of books that offer different perspectives, ways of thinking, and which address contemporary New Zealand issues have been selected by this year’s panel.

Gavin Rutherford as Rosie Bubble and Simon Leary as Buttons in “Cinderella the Pantomime”, on at Circa Theatre until December 20.

Stephen A’Court

Gavin Rutherford as Rosie Bubble and Simon Leary as Buttons in “Cinderella the Pantomime”, on at Circa Theatre until December 20.

Theatre: Cinderella The Pantomime

Circa Theatre, Until Dec 20 , 6.30pm, from $18 – $52

Join Cinderella and our all-time favourite Dame in a new look at the much loved, magical fairy tale of Cinderella. Jammed packed with singing and dancing, it’s perfect for all the family. Tickets

Dance: The Slutcracker

BATS, until December 12, 8.30pm, $20-$40

A celebration of queerness, Wellington, and families of choice, The Slutcracker is a Christmas ballet like you’ve never seen before. Join Clyde, Joe, Mother Ginger, and the Sugar Plum Fairy for a joyous hour of dance comedy. Tickets


Concert: Resonance Choir

St Andrew’s on The Terrace,12:15 pm, donation

Resonance Choir, directed by Simon Christie, accompanied by Emma Sayers. Folk songs from many parts of the world and some Christmas songs.

Exhibition: Zac Langdon-Pole: Containing Multitudes

City Gallery, Civic Square, until March 7, Free

Zac Langdon-Pole’s disorienting, puzzling works prompt us to rethink our relationship to nature, colonial history, and more in this first major New Zealand exhibition by the award-winning Berlin-based expat.

See "Sleight of Hand", courtesy of Zac Langdon-Pole and Michael Lett, at City Gallery until March 7.


See “Sleight of Hand”, courtesy of Zac Langdon-Pole and Michael Lett, at City Gallery until March 7.


Books: Tom Scott: Searching for Charlie

Unity Books, 6-6.45pm author talk, free

Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham is the only combat soldier ever to win the Victoria Cross twice. His acts of bravery in World War II meant he probably deserved six more. Tom will be in conversation with historian, Matthew Wright.

Event: Christmas Night Market

Te Papa, 5.30pm

Join Aotearoa’s leading brands for a festive night of shopping at Te Papa including live music, a cash bar, and incredible giveaways.

Event: Tuatara Open Late: Terminal

City Gallery, Civic Square, 5-10pm, entry by donation

Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine and food in the last Tuatara Open Late for the year. There will be exhibitions to peruse, as well as Christina Barton’s Billy Apple®: Life/Work book launch (6-7pm); Requiem for an Airport from Steve Braunias and friends (7-8pm); and local sound artists performing music for airports live in Itinerarium (8.30-10pm).


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