Highlights from the 2020 NZ Festival program

Instead of a single artistic director, the 32nd New Zealand Festival of the Arts features three high profile curators, Bret McKenzie, Laurie Anderson and Lemi Ponifasio, each programming a separate week.

Artistically, New Zealanders have a knack for taking conventions and twisting them slightly, not so they are unrecognisable but so the concept of creativity can be viewed from a fresh angle.

So it’s no surprise that for the 32nd New Zealand Festival of the Arts, the organisers are shaking things up. Rather than relying on a sole artistic director to make all the programming decisions, they have invited three high-profile creatives to guest curate a week of the festival, which runs February 21st to March 15th in Wellington.

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Kate Powell
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Kate Powell is a cultural critic, curator and gallery essayist. She has held a variety of community-art focussed roles as a social media strategist, artist liaison, artistic director, and publicist. Kate has studied at the Sotheby's Institute (London), Victoria University (Wellington) and AUT (Auckland). She is currently based in Auckland and works in Public Relations and Communications.