The World of WearableArt (WOW) Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production and a not-to-be-missed annual event for an audience of around 60,000 people. At the heart of each theatrical spectacular is a coveted competition for designers across the world working in radical and innovative ways in the mediums of fashion, art, design and costume. Their incredible works of wearable art come to life on stage as part of the six different worlds that make up each year’s WOW Show.
In 2020, Show Director Malia Johnston is back, teaming up with more creatives and guest artists than ever before who are crafting a show which will be a true explosion of multiple artforms. Expect to journey through a world inspired by the Elizabethan Era, find yourself mesmerised as the stage explodes in a visual symphony of colour in the Monochromatic world, and be amazed as we see the human body used as an architectural canvas in the Architecture Section. Sitting alongside these worlds are three other distinct sections: Avant-garde, Aotearoa and Open. This year, enter another world and lose yourself in the unmissable 2020 WOW Show.
Preferential period opens: 01 Feb 2020
General sales period opens: 01 March 2020
2020 Preferential Sales Period open 01 – 29 February:
The World of WearableArt Preferential Period is a month-long “buy first” opportunity for our fans who wish to buy ahead of general sales (01 March 2020).
The Preferential Period will open on 01 February and will run until 29 February 2020. Buying during this period allows you to be the first to choose and purchase your tickets for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show.
Why buy in the Preferential Period?
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Be the first to secure your tickets to the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show ahead of General Sales opening on 01 March!
Take your pick of the very best seats available.
Join the Club – enjoy automatic registration into the 2020 WOW Club; our way of saying thanks to our WOW fans who buy early.
Please note: An additional Preferential Fee applies to each booking made during this period. If you prefer not to purchase during the Preferential Period, you can purchase tickets when general sales open on 01 March 2020.
The 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show will take place at the TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand. The Show will be approximately 1 hour 45 mins and there will be no intermission.
*Awards Night (Friday 25 September) will include the 2020 Awards Ceremony (approx. 40mins) immediately after the performance. This is when the winners of the Competition will be announced live. On all performances following the Awards Night, there will be a short AV projection (approx. 10mins) at the end of the show listing the 2020 award-winning garments. The only night where there is no awards information provided is the Opening Night performance.
For more information read our blog post on choosing which performance would be best for you.
Please note the change in start times from previous WOW Awards Shows.
Please note: Individual Table Seats are available on Friday 2 October (7.30pm) and Friday 9 October (7.30pm) only. For more information please scroll down to VIP Tables & Hosting Opportunities.
Once again, we are delighted to be offering the WOW Club as an additional benefit for those purchasing tickets to the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show during the Preferential Period: 01 – 29 February 2020.
What is the WOW Club?
The WOW Club has been created to reward those that purchase tickets during the Preferential Period, we want to give back to our fans who purchase first and this year we’re doing that through exclusive prize draws and opportunities to experience even more WOW! Look out for more information on the WOW Club coming soon.
But be quick! Membership to the WOW Club is only valid to those who purchase tickets during the Preferential Period (01 – 29 Feb).
The WOW Club is an additional benefit to those who purchase during the Preferential Period (01 Feb – 29 Feb 2020).
If you prefer not to purchase during the Preferential Period, you can purchase tickets when general sales open on 01 March 2020.
As a VIP-hosting opportunity World of WearableArt cannot be matched! Whether you’re planning a standout experience for your most valued clients, an opportunity to thank your employees or want to celebrate a special occasion, our WOW VIP Tables are a unique and truly unforgettable experience.
Please note: These experiences cannot be booked through our ticketing system and you must email Ronda directly.
One of the best nights ever! (We’re) coming back again next year … honestly why would you not. Compliments to the chefs, the food was outstanding!
– Kirsten, Asteron Life
Our 2020 VIP Tables are available on the following dates:
Please note: The times listed above indicate the requested arrival time at the Show venue.
A WOW VIP Table includes:
Sarah Searancke Catering are one of Wellington’s leading catering operations and have created a delectable and truly WOW three-course gourmet meal to top off this unique VIP experience.
Click below to see this year’s exclusive menus; a standard option (pictured above), and an alternative menu – an entirely gluten and dairy free, vegetarian delight!
Please note: If you have food allergies or want to inquire further about our menu options, please don’t hesitate to contact Hosting Coordinator, Ronda, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring everyone together with a pre-Show hosting experience for you and your guests in the private VIP Lounge.
The WOW VIP Lounge is available on the following dates:
The WOW VIP Lounge includes:
For more information, to contact us directly and to book now simply click the button below!
Take home a piece of the magic with the 2020 WOW Souvenir Programme. The Souvenir Programme is the perfect companion to the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show; learn more about every one of this year’s breath-taking garment entries in the competition with imagery and information of the full collection of finalist garments, learn about the journey that happens before the doors open with insights from the 2020 Creative Team, and learn more about the many wonderful worlds of WOW.
This beautiful guide is more than a show programme, it is over 70 pages of energy and creativity to match what you’ll see come to life on stage and provides insights that will enhance your experience even more. Secure your copy when you book your tickets and then collect on arrival at the show venue.
Top tip: Purchase Platinum Seats to have your Souvenir Programme included in your order! All Platinum Seats include a Souvenir Programme ($25.00) so no need to add-on separately. So not only will you get some of the very best seats in the house but everyone in your group gets their own Programme to avoid squabbling over one to share!
Complete your experience with a WOW Picnic that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own seat. Featuring delicious gourmet treats created by Sarah Searancke Catering, purchase your WOW Picnic today and then collect on arrival at the Show. Each WOW Picnic includes a bottle of water and your choice of refreshment.
An alternative menu option catering to various dietary requirements is also available.
View available menus here. (Standard Picnic pictured below)
Please note: WOW Picnics are not available to purchase at the Show and must be ordered at least 3 days in advance.
Already made dinner plans but would like to enjoy a sweet treat at the Show? Featuring delicious treats created by Sarah Searancke Catering, purchase your WOW Dessert today and then collection on arrival at the Show. Each WOW Dessert includes a bottle of water.
View available menu here. (Pictured below)
Please note: WOW Desserts are not available to purchase at the Show and must be ordered at least 3 days in advance.
Please note: WOW Picnic and WOW Dessert contents are subject to change.
Below you will find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, please have a look to see if your question has already been addressed and get in touch with us directly if you still require more information.
Q: Where is the WOW Awards Show?
A: The show venue is: TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand
Q: What night is Opening Night?
A: Opening Night: Thursday 24 September 2020, 7.30pm
Awards Night: Friday 25 September 2020, 7.30pm
Final Performance: Sunday 11 October 2020, 1.30pm
Q: How long is the show?
A: Based on previous shows, the performance will be approximately 1hr 45mins. There is no intermission during the performance. Please check back in August 2020 for confirmed timings.
The Awards Night show (Friday 25 September 2020) includes an awards ceremony which runs for an additional 40mins (approximately). On all performances following Awards Night (from Saturday 26 September onwards) there will be a short AV presentation of the awards results after the performance which will take approximately 15mins.
Q: What time should I arrive at the show venue?
A: We suggest that you arrive up to an hour before the show start time to explore what is on offer at the WOW HUB. We ask you to be seated 30 minutes before show start time.
Q: Where can I find a seating plan?
A: Please see the links below to the two seating plans; one shows you the venue on a night where there are no VIP Tables, the other displays the seating on a night with VIP Tables.
Q: I forgot to buy my Souvenir Programme when I bought my ticket(s). Can I still purchase one?
A: Yes. You can purchase a Souvenir Programme at any time in the lead up to the show. Simply head to the booking page and choose your add ons, if you have booked your tickets under the same email address you will be invited to log in to your account when you check out.
Q: I am looking for accommodation in Wellington, what do you recommend?
A: We recommend our Partner hotels, InterContinental Hotel Wellington and QT Museum Hotel Wellington. For further options we suggest you visit WellingtonNZ.com.
Q: What parking facilities are available?
A: There is a carpark below the TSB Arena, run by Wilsons Parking, please note 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 for your convenience and comfort.
Q: Can I take photos, video footage or use my cell phone during the show?
A: The use of videos, cameras, tape recorders and cell phones is prohibited during the show. We do however provide plenty of opportunities pre-show in the WOW HUB and of pre-show entertainment to capture your WOW experience! Please be considerate of all audience members and turn your cell phone off before the show starts.
Q: Can you accommodate wheelchairs and other medical issues?
A: For all medical conditions that may affect where you are seated please contact us directly. There is wheelchair and easy-access seating available and WOW will endeavour to accommodate your requirements.
Please contact our Ticketing Supervisor, Di, for inquiries around special seating requirements. You can reach Di at email@example.com or call 0800 4 WOW SHOW select option 1 (0800 496 974).
Q: A: We understand that sometimes the unexpected happens, and plans may change leaving you unable to attend the Show, such as flight cancellations due to weather.
As per our terms and conditions, tickets are non-refundable, however if your plans do change you can request a ticket transfer, subject to availability. For more information please visit our Ticket Terms.
Q: What is the Preferential Period?
A: The World of WearableArt Preferential Period is a month-long “buy first” opportunity for our fans who wish to buy ahead of general sales (01 March 2020).
Anyone can purchase tickets during the Preferential Period, which runs from 01 Feb – 29 Feb 2020. When you purchase a ticket during this period, a preferential fee applies. This fee is $25.00 for each set of up to six tickets, with a maximum charge of $100.00.
Up to six tickets: $25.00 fee
7 – 12 tickets: $50.00 fee
13 – 18 tickets: $75.00 fee
Over 18 tickets: $100.00 fee (maximum)
Q: What is a printed and delivered Ticket?
A: New to 2020, we are now offering our purchasers the option to either request to have your tickets emailed directly to you, or to select a printed and delivered ticket when you make your booking. A printed ticket is produced with the beautiful 2020 World of WearableArt artwork and is something you can hold on to for years to come.
Q: What if I lose my printed and delivered ticket?
A: If you lose your ticket, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can reprint lost tickets for a fee of $15.00 per ticket.
Q: What happens if I have bought tickets but cannot attend the show?
A: Tickets are non-refundable but transferable for a $15.00 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.
For more information please visit our Ticket Terms.
Q: How do I request a specific seat?
A: When booking online, you will be given the option to either ask the system to choose the best seats available or select seats yourself.
Please contact our Ticketing Supervisor, Di, for any seating issues. You can reach Di at email@example.com or call 0800 4 WOW SHOW select option 1 (0800 496 974).
Q: I’ve forgotten my password to login to my account, how do I see my booking order?
A: 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: https://nz.patronbase.com/_WorldOfWearableArt/Login/Forgotten
Q: I don’t have an account or a password, can I still book tickets?
A: 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 Awards 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:
Q: I purchased a gift ticket voucher, how do I redeem it?
A: If you purchased or received a gift ticket voucher, follow the booking process as per usual. At the end of your booking you will be asked if you have a gift voucher code. Insert the numerical code that has been printed on your gift ticket voucher and the value of the voucher will be discounted from your order.
Please note that If you redeem a prepaid voucher the additional fees will apply:
Q: Are there discounts available for students, senior citizens, children or groups?
A: Sorry, no discounts apply.
Q: When will I receive my tickets?
A: If you choose printed and delivered tickets, then once your booking order has been processed, we will courier or post (international bookings) your tickets to you. If you have not received your printed tickets within 10 working days, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to have your tickets emailed to you, an order confirmation email will be sent immediately to the email address provided at time of purchase. Your tickets will be attached to this email as a PDF file. Please check this email after you have completed your purchase. If you are unable to locate the email with your ticket attached, please check your spam/junk folder. At any stage if you want to check your booking order you can login to your account to see your purchase or reset your password.
VIP Tables are confirmed within two working days of receiving your order. WOW will allocate specific tables and despatch tickets one month prior to show season.
Q: Will you send printed and delivered tickets overseas?
A: Yes. International delivery will be made by standard post. Delivery fees are included within the printed and delivered ticket fee ($9 per booking).
What are the additional costs per booking?
The following fees may apply:
Each booking incurs the following fees and charges:
Booking fee: NZ$5.00
Credit card fee: 2.50%
(This charge is applied to the whole basket on all credit and debit card purchases. The charge includes (but is not limited to) credit and debit card fees and expenses, administration and associated infrastructure costs.)
Printed & Delivered Ticket (optional): $9 per booking including delivery
Preferential Sales Period: 1 February 2020 – 29 February 2020
When you purchase tickets between 1 February 2020 and 29 February 2020 a Preferential Fee of NZ$25.00 applies for each booking of up to six tickets. If you purchase more than six tickets an additional NZ$25.00 fee applies for each set of six tickets, up to a maximum charge of NZ$100.00.
1-6 tickets = NZ$25.00
7-12 tickets = NZ$50.00
13–18 tickets = NZ$75.00
19 tickets+ = NZ$100.00 (maximum)
Additional fees that will apply if you request a transfer of tickets and this is approved or you need to have your Printed and Delivered Tickets reprinted :
Transfer Fee: NZ$15.00 per booking
Printed & Delivered Ticket reprint fee: NZ$15.00 per ticket
Q: Are there discounts available for group bookings?
A: Sorry, no discounts apply
Q: Who do I speak to about placing a group booking?
A: Please contact our Ticketing Supervisor, Di, for inquiries around group bookings. You can reach Di at email@example.com or call 0800 4 WOW SHOW select option 1 (0800 496 974).
Q: How can I find out more information about hosting opportunities?
A: Please contact our Hosting Coordinator, Ronda, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 3 547 0863
Q: How do I book a VIP Table (seats 10 guests) or an Individual Table Seat?
A: To book your VIP Table + Individual Table Seats, you will need to contact our Hosting Coordinator, Ronda, at email@example.com or call +64 3 547 0863. Please include your preferred date and any additional booking details in your email.
Q: How do I book the VIP Lounge?
A: To book the VIP Lounge, you will need to contact our Hosting Coordinator, Ronda, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +64 3 547 0863. Please include your preferred date and any additional booking details in your email.
For more information and FAQs regarding the WOW Club please head to https://www.worldofwearableart.com/tickets/wowclub2020/
For full terms and conditions on the WOW Club including all prizes available please head to https://www.worldofwearableart.com/wowclub-terms/
Q: How do I contact World of WearableArt Ticketing?
A: To contact us with your ticketing query:
The best option is to email us at email@example.com
You can also call us on: +64 3 547 0859 or 0800 4 WOW SHOW select option 1 (0800 496 974)
The World of WearableArt Awards Show takes place in the Coolest Little Capital: Wellington, New Zealand! It takes a great city to make an amazing WOW experience and every year Wellington lights up with WOW. Known for its vibrant arts scene and world class cafe and restaurant culture, it’s easy to see why WOW and Wellington make such a great match!
Start planning your trip and make the most of your #WellyLovesWOW experience at WellingtonNZ.com
Looking for somewhere to stay for your 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show experience? Check out what’s on offer from our accommodation partners: InterContinental Wellington and QT Wellington. These two incredible properties are not only conveniently located, allowing you to make the most of your time in Wellington, they also have onsite restaurants and facilities to make your stay one to remember.
Adjacent to Wellington’s waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is a global five-star hotel located in the heart of Wellington city. It is the seamless and personal service that makes InterContinental Wellington the best luxury in Wellington.
Fall down the rabbit hole into an explosion of colour and texture at Wellington’s design-driven Hotel, QT Wellington. The walls host a curated collection of high & low-brow art sitting in a stunning harbourside location & engulfed by vines of vivid ivy. Art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd.
Travelling to Wellington from out of town? Take a scenic journey on the Interislander from the South Island, or travel down the North Island on the Northern Explorer with The Great Journeys of New Zealand, major partner of World of WearableArt.
Discover the beauty of Wellington Harbour, the Cook Strait and the spectacular Marlborough Sounds as you sail between Picton and Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world.
Experience the extremes of New Zealand’s scenery, from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau and the sparkling Kapiti coast.
“It’s insane! The whole experience was just out of this world. It’s like beyond imagination.”
“It is the most incredible, amazing spectacle you will ever see! It is just indescribable.”
“This was one of the most unique shows I’ve seen. Thank you for a fantastic experience. My daughter barely waited for the end of the show to eagerly ask if we could return next year!”
“Thank you for a dream night out. Brilliant world class show. Extraordinarily superb.”
At the heart of World of WearableArt is the internationally renowned Awards Competition. This year works of wearable art were submitted from 43 countries and regions into the Competition, in July – at First Judging – an incredible 108 garments created by 115 designers representing 22 countries and regions were selected as finalists.
The 2019 Supreme WOW Award winner was The Lady Warrior by Rinaldy Yunardi of Jakarta, Indonesia. Rinaldy created The Lady Warrior with the toughest warrior of all in mind – the woman. The Lady Warrior plays the role of daughter, wife and mother. She is about inner strength rather than brute physical strength.
“I used various mediums of materials to represent different elements of The Lady Warrior. Recycled paper made into rope and woven tightly together represents humanity and inner strength built from her experiences – she was born vulnerable but with life experiences she has strengthened and become strong”