The annual Wellington Jazz Festival is a high note of the Aotearoa music calendar, heating up the capital with a mid-winter culture hit. Featuring the magical live sound of some of music’s finest national and international artists, there are fun times and music in the streets for all.

Since 2016, the Wellington Jazz Festival has included the Jazz Awards in their programme - awarding the Tui for Best Jazz Album & the APRA Best Jazz Composition Award.

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You will find a wide range of folk music, from contemporary through bluegrass, Irish and traditional. Guest artists are invited from all over the world, with both local and international musicians offering workshops and participating in all night jam sessions.

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over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

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heating up the cool capital from 6-10 June 2018. From a sold-out crowd to a cosy booth for two, the cool capital comes out to play at this mid-winter musical feast.

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