Nau mai, haere mai!

I te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast. Kia Mau is about us all. Here. Now.

Kia Mau Festival is a contemporary Indigenous theatre and dance experience and it returns in 2019 to Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

This year we host Māori, Pasifika, and First Nations/Indigenous artists from across te ao whānui, the globe, to share their work across the region – from Porirua to Wellington City to Lower Hutt to the Kāpiti Coast.

Established and helmed by senior artist Hone Kouka, Kia Mau Festival places artists at the centre of the festival’s vision. Our artists lead the kōrero and inspire new futures for our whānau and our communities throughout the country and te ao mārama.

Now marking its fifth year, Kia Mau Festival is a creative celebration, led by the vision of Māori and Pasifika artists, and built upon a foundation of kaupapa Māori. Kia Mau Festival is an innovative experience for whānau, ‘anau, and communities of the Wellington region and beyond, to engage with tangata whenua and international Indigenous artists from across Papatūānuku.