The facts

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❚ The fes­ti­val’s evo­lu­tion con­tin­ues with a fresh ap­proach to cu­rat­ing the pro­gramme. There are three new cu­ra­tors for 2020. The first to be an­nounced is Sala¯ Lemi Poni­fa­sio, a lead­ing con­tem­po­rary artist who has worked ex­ten­sively here but more re­cently in Europe.

❚ It has three tiers of fund­ing: One-third from box of­fice tak­ings, a third from spon­sor­ship and phi­lan­thropy, and a third from fund­ing bod­ies, such as Cre­ative NZ and Welling­ton City Coun­cil. It has 1000 pri­vate donors.

❚ In 2018 the NZ Fes­ti­val con­trib­uted $50.6m in gross out­put and just over $25m in GDP to the city’s econ­omy. 308,887 peo­ple went to 2018 fes­ti­val shows, in­clud­ing 76,599 tick­eted events and 232,288 free events. The ad­di­tional events come un­der a new brand within the NZ Fes­ti­val, Ta¯whiri, a name gifted by Mana Whenua.

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