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World of WearableArt

show

26 Sept - 13 Oct | Tsb Arena, Wellington, NZ

The World of WearableArt Show is a world-class theatrical extravaganza seen by over 60,000 people over three weeks in Wellington. The stage comes alive with incredible works of wearable art, dancers, aerialists, captivating music, and moments that will take your breath away.

Echoplex – Goddess of Reverb, Natalie Hutton, Australia
On one level, the World of WearableArt is the most lavish catwalk show in the world. On another level, it’s an art exhibition blown up to epic proportions. And on yet another level, it’s theatre at its finest; it’s as close as New Zealand gets to Broadway.
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Sam Brooks
The Spinoff

2024 Performance

Schedule

Every night of the show season is a spectacular visual feast. If you want to see the show before anyone else or are budget conscious, come to our preview. If you love the glitz and glamour of an opening night join us for our Awards Night and see the winners announced in a live ceremony after the show.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

23 Sep
24 Sep
25 Sep
26 Sep
Preview
7:30pm
27 Sep
Awards Night
7:30pm
28 Sep

7:30pm
29 Sep

12:30pm & 5:30pm
30 Sep
1 oct
2 Oct

7:30pm
3 Oct

7:30pm
4 oct

7:30pm
5 oct

2:30pm & 7:30pm
6 oct

12:30pm & 5:30pm
7 Oct
8 Oc
9 Oct

7:30pm
10 Oct

7:30pm
11 Oct

7:30pm
12 Oct

2:30pm & 7:30pm
13 Oct

12:30pm
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Ticket

Information

Tickets will be available to the public on 9 April 2024.

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Section themes

Each year there are six section themes for designers to be inspired by when entering the competition. This includes three recurring sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and an additional three sections which are unique to each annual competition.

Aotearoa

Aotearoa

Avant-garde

Avant-garde

Open

Open

Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival

Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival

Natural World

Natural World

 Geometric Abstraction

 Geometric Abstraction

Getting to

The Show

The show is held at the TSB Arena in the heart of Wellington city. Only an 8-minute walk along the waterfront from Te Papa and a 10-minute walk from Wellington central train station. There is a drop-off zone at the front of the TSB Arena, and a car park at 1 Jervois Quay beneath the venue, with accessible parking options.

Plan your wow

Getaway in Wellington

Be inspired by a weekend in Wellington for WOW. Below are great food and drink spots, accommodation, and travel options to add to your itinerary.

Show FAQ

If you have a question that you still don’t have an answer for, have a look below, we have included answers for the show, ticket types, and more.

Show Information

What is a preview?

A preview is a full run of the show in costume, from beginning to end. In theory the director can stop the performance at any time to make changes, but it very rarely happens. Our preview is your chance to see the show before everyone else. It’s great for the budget conscious but good to be aware that competition winners are not announced in these performances.

How long is the show?

Based on previous shows, the performance is approximately 1hr 45mins. There is no intermission.  We will confirm this in August.

The Awards Night show includes an awards ceremony which runs for an additional 40 minutes (approximately). On all performances following Awards Night there will be a short AV presentation of the awards results after the performance which will take approximately 15 minutes.

I am looking for accommodation in Wellington, what do you recommend?

We recommend our Partner hotel, QT Wellington. For further options we suggest you visit WellingtonNZ.com.

What parking facilities are available?

There is a car park below the TSB Arena, operated by Wilson Parking. Charges apply. This car park can get very busy, so please allow yourself enough time to find parking elsewhere. If travelling by taxi, we recommend Wellington Combined Taxis - 04 384 4444.

Can I take photos, video footage or use my cell phone during the show?

The use of videos, cameras, tape recorders and cell phones is prohibited during the show. We do however provide opportunities pre-show in the WOW HUB and with pre-show entertainment to capture your WOW experience. 

Please be considerate of audience members and turn your cell phone off before the show starts.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs and other medical issues?

For medical conditions that may affect where you are seated, please contact us directly. There is wheelchair and easy-access seating available.

Email us or call 0800 496 974.

Is the WOW Show suitable for children?

While the shows content is suitable for children, we do ask that you consider a few things before making the decision:

  • We do not offer children ticket prices.
  • The show goes for approx. 100min with no interval.
  • There are a lot of flashy lights and loud music.

Where is the Show venue for the World of WearableArt (WOW) Show?

The show will take place at the TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand.

What are the dates for the 2024 WOW Show?

26 September - 13 October 2024

Ticket Information

Can I buy tickets and use them as a prize for a competition or giveaway?

As per our ticket terms and conditions, tickets may not be packaged or used to enhance the demand for any goods and services or for any other commercial purposes including advertising, promotions or as a prize in any competition without the written permission of WOW.

Can I sell my tickets for more than I paid for them?

As per our ticket terms and conditions, tickets cannot be offered, provided, resold or transferred for a profit (this includes using third party websites such as Viagogo to resell your ticket for an amount greater than its face value).

Are my show tickets refundable?

As per our terms and conditions, tickets are non-refundable. The only instance that show tickets are refundable, is in the event that World of WearableArt Limited cancels the show. For more information, please visit our Ticket Terms. We offer Booking Protect as an optional add on at the time of purchasing your show tickets.

What happens if I have bought tickets but cannot attend the show?

Tickets are non-refundable but transferable for a $25.00 fee, subject to availability. You may transfer your tickets to another night up to three days prior to the show date pending availability and approval. If you do not attend the show as stated on your ticket, then no transfer or refunds will be made.

I’ve forgotten my password to login to my account, how do I see my booking order?

If you’ve forgotten your login password, you can easily reset it by heading to the booking system and selecting the Forgot? button.

You can also reset your password here.

I don’t have an account or a password, can I still book tickets?

Yes. If you haven’t previously booked tickets to a World of WearableArt Show, then you will be asked to fill in your contact details when you make your booking. At this stage you will be asked to create an account, which will allow you to log back in and view your booking order at any time. 

If you have booked tickets to a previous World of WearableArt Show, we may already have your email address on file. In this case, your email address may be recognised at the time of booking and you will be prompted to reset your password. When this happens, simply follow the link to the forgotten password page to create your account accordingly.

If you would like to create an account in advance of booking your tickets, you can do so at any time by following the link below: 

Click here

Stageside Experience

No FAQs on this at the moment. Check back in later or contact us if you have any questions.

Covid-19

If I get COVID will I be refunded for my tickets?

If you purchase Booking Protect insurance when you buy your show tickets, and you or a member of your immediate family has COVID-19 on the date you are due to attend the WOW Show, then you will be able to request a refund for your tickets. If you do not purchase Booking Protect insurance and cannot attend the show due to COVID related reasons you will not be able to request a refund.

If the WOW Show is cancelled will I get a refund?

Yes. In the event that the World of WearableArt Show is cancelled you will be entitled to a refund on your tickets.

Lost Property

Who do I contact if I’ve lost or misplaced something during the show?

Please get in contact with the TSB Arena venue management team and log your missing item here.

Contact Us

How do I contact World of WearableArt Ticketing?

Please email us or call 0800 496 974

What people say

About the show

My jaw is on the floor the entire time. A spectacle like nothing else.
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Audience member
Exquisite! Fashion meets Cirque du Soleil! Fascinating! Captivating!
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Audience member
2022The Lady Warrior, Rinaldy Yunardi, Indonesia

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