Nau mai, haere mai! This is Kia Mau. I te reo Māori, kia mau is a call to hold fast. Kia Mau is about us all. Here. Now.
The contemporary Indigenous theatre and dance experience, Kia Mau Festival returns to Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
In 2019, we are hosting Māori, Pasifika + First Nations artists and their companies, sharing work across the region from Porirua City to Wellington City to Lower Hutt City to the Kāpiti Coast.
Established + helmed by senior artist Hone Kouka, Kia Mau Festival places artists at the centre of the festival’s vision. Our artists lead the korero + inspire new futures for our whānau + our communities throughout the country and te ao marama.
Now marking its fifth year, Kia Mau Festival is a creative celebration, centred by Māori + Pasifika artists and built upon kaupapa Māori. Kia Mau Festival is an innovative experience for whānau, ‘anau + communities of the Wellington region + beyond, to engage with Tangata Whenua and international Indigenous artists from across Papatūānuku.