Join ARAWHATA for a one-of-a-kind show that captures the essence and lived experiences of queer, indigenous people of colour through a series of illuminating themes like race, gender and sexuality.

Prepare to be swept away with the vibrant energies of dance, live music, cultural performance, and underground ballroom - a rich and vibrant LGBTQ+ subculture that emerged out of Harlem (NYC) in the early 1970s.

Ballroom provides a sense of community, becoming the chosen ‘house’ or family for many and offering a safe space for self-expression in the form of voguing, fashion, lip-sync, and more. Standing alongside this colourful showcase of individual triumphs and struggles is a welcome and an invitation. You are welcomed into a sacred realm of stories that speak to the queer performers' lived experiences as they meet at crossroads.

ARAWHATA invite you to witness, hear and hold these intimate tales with love and care – perhaps even seeing your own story within theirs. Performing to rave reviews at this year’s Kia Mau Festival in Wellington and winners of multiple NZ Fringe awards including ‘Best in Fringe’ at the 2023 NZ Fringe Festival, this cutting-edge, energetic and relevant show is an unmissable performance.

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Last updated: 28 September 2023