Kia Mau Festival 2023

Fierce theatre, a hip-hop musical set in the city streets of Te Whanganui-a-Tara, customary Indigenous dance made contemporary, and wāhine Māori telling it like it is – these are amongst the offerings of Kia Mau Festival 2023.

Now in our seventh iteration, Kia Mau brings winter warmth to the Wellington region and has fast become one of the world’s most highly regarded contemporary Indigenous arts festivals. This year, we continue our focus on uplifting mana whenua artists, tangata whenua and tangata moana, and global Indigenous artists from Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Ōtepoti (Dunedin), the Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva (Pacific) and Canada to Te Upoko O Te Ika A Māui (Wellington) region from 02 to 17 June 2023 

Meet the Artists

Tuakoi Ohia sitting on a black chair in a black fit with a red jacket
Ella is smiling and looking off into the distance wearing a black graphic tee and neon green earrings

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Panel Discussions

Panel sessions with our Māori creative whānau on how theatre and dance artists continue going forward through the challenges of the pandemic.