Public Open Day

image of the kapiti performing arts centre.

Nau Mai Haere Mai

Come and explore the new Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre and get a back stage tour of all of the facilities included in this incredible venue. See the theatres and dance studios in action and take centre stage to view it from the performers perspective.

The Public Open Day is our way of showing our community what a truly magnificent facility Kāpiti now has.

Entry will be by gold coin donation to support final fundraising efforts for the Centre.

There will also be an array of Food Trucks located out the front of the Centre.
 
The Public Open Day will celebrate all things performance and thank the community allowing an up close look at this incredible new venue. This marks the start of the two-week opening season as local talent and two of the biggest names in New Zealand performing arts take to the new stage and put the Centre through its paces.

Find us

Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre 
32 Raumati Road,
Raumati Beach.  
 
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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Baroque Series

Saturday 7 March 2020 7:30pm, Coastlands Theatre

Vesa-Matti Leppänen Director/Violin
Stephen DePledge Fortepiano
J S Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

NZSO Present:

J S Bach’s Goldberg Variations is a masterpiece. First written for harpsichord, it opens with a beautifully tranquil and ornamented Aria followed by 30 intricate and distinct variations. NZSO brings this Baroque gem to regional audiences, with the variations performed on a variety of instruments.

“The different instruments will add a huge amount of colour to the variations, making an already exquisite work even more mesmerising for audiences” 

“Bach’s Goldberg Variations is hauntingly beautiful and a work of genius. It’s the most incredible piece.”

NZSO Concertmaster and Baroque Series Director Vesa-Matti Leppänen.

NZSO Setting up Camp


The NZSO travels through Greater Wellington, Wairarapa, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Tauranga for several days for a variety of performances and activities. From evening concerts featuring Bach and Beethoven, to NZSO musicians providing educational opportunities and relaxed events for all ages, NZSO Setting up Camp is a great chance to spend time with your Orchestra and friends old and new.

For full details of what’s happening in your town, visit: nzso.co.nz/camp

Tutus On Tour

male and female ballet dancers in white dress.

A family programme for all ages, watch the dancers of the RNZB perform favourite works

image of a group of mixed gender ballet dancers dressed in white.

Watch the dancers from your national ballet company perform favourites works – tickets from just $12.

 

RNZB Tutus on Tour

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to expand the company’s much-loved regional touring programme in 2020, featuring works tailor-made for the RNZB by trail blazing choreographers at home in New Zealand and on the world stage. 

A family programme for all ages, watch the dancers of the RNZB perform some of their favourites works. 

Inspired by the goddess of the hunt and of the moon, Sarah Foster-Sproull’s Artemis Rising was created in 2019 as a retirement gift for the much-loved former RNZB Principal Abigail Boyle. 

Remember, Mama is a tender look at the relationships between mothers and sons, from childhood to old age. 

Berceuse by US choreographer Penny Saunders, a rapturous, deeply musical pas de deux to a lyrical lullaby by Benjamin Godard, was created in 2011 for the ground-breaking contemporary Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. 

Completing the line-up is a new classical work, Wayward, by young Canadian dancer and choreographer Kiara Flavin, who joined the RNZB in 2018.

With tickets priced at just $27-$37 for adults ($12-$22 for children) these special shows are guaranteed to sell fast – book now! Booking fees may apply.

After years of planning and fundraising the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is finally taking shape and with it another drive for support from the local community.

The $10million centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years with two theatres seating up to 500 guests, classrooms, a dance studio and a large multi-purpose foyer.  

Kapiti Performing Arts Group chair Cas Carter says there has been renewed interest in supporting the venue since building has started.

“People want to support something significant, that is local, they’ll have their names on something that will be around for generations to come.  

 

Now that most of the large panels have been constructed and erected we are getting a surge in interest in seat and room sponsorship

I think a lot of people are starting to realise the significance of this venue for the whole community. Its far more than just a College facility, it is a venue available for the whole community which is why Kapiti District Council and Lotteries have supported it.   

We’ve also received fantastic support from community groups such as the Paraparaumu Rotary Club, Lions and the Kapiti Music Centre as well as Goodmans and Coastlands sponsoring the main theatre.  

We still need more organisations, businesses and families to support us.  We have just under $800,000 to raise and we are currently running another campaign where people can sponsor a seat, a room or the whole centre.  We’ve sold well over half of the seat sponsorships already.

Ms Carter says a delay in the steel arriving held up the construction after the foundations were laid but now locals have been watching the building going up rapidly.

“The steel portals will all be up over the next week and then the seating slabs will arrive and the rear of the theatre will be closed in.  We expect the roof on by the end of the year.”

Erecting the building has been complicated by height restrictions for the crane as the building is in the wider airport fly path.

“Our builders have been working with airport authorities to minimise disruption but because of the flights, the crane has had to be idle sometimes during the day.’

 

The Centre is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.   

 

“We’ve already had numerous enquiries from artists throughout New Zealand who want to perform here.  The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be of an international standard and we will be actively marketing it as a venue to both New Zealand and international acts. “

 

From Kapiti News

The concrete panels are being put up at the same time as the steel framing, a method which is time saving and a cost effective process for the build,” Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre committee member Sonja Williams said.

The time frame for the walls being erected is six to eight weeks and the roof which will be completed next is a more complex architectural build, taking a longer time to complete.

“Onlookers will be amazed at how fast the structure will come together.”

“It’s great to see this finally happening,” Kāpiti College principal Tony Kane said.

“It will be fantastic when the community will be able to get on and use the building.”

Expected to be open by the end of next year, the centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years and will be a welcome addition to Kāpiti’s family of venues, he said.

The venue offers two performance theatres seating up to 500 guests, classrooms, rehearsal and dance spaces, and a box office.

State-of-the-art sound, lighting, and eco-friendly design will make the centre the foremost leading-edge performance facility in Kāpiti.

This community venue will be a place to showcase the large variety of performing arts found locally, and from further afield.

As the centre grows it will provide a space for the performing arts community to perform, share knowledge, grow innovative future leaders and continue to strengthen a safe, healthy and thriving community.

“It will take contributions from the whole Kāpiti community to raise this performing arts centre child,” said Sonja.

“Fundraising is ongoing to complete the centre with opportunities to contribute as a seat sponsor, as a named sponsor with naming rights for several of the spaces, and for the whole facility itself still available.

“Donations are always welcomed.

 

Exciting Developments

After years of planning and fundraising the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is finally taking shape and with it another drive for support from the local community.

Over the last few weeks Raumati residents have watched concrete panels being rapidly erected which fundraisers say has led to a surge in interest in seat and room sponsorship.

The $10million centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years with two theatres seating up to 500 guests, classrooms, a dance studio and a large multi-purpose foyer.  

Kāpiti Performing Arts Group chair Cas Carter says there has been renewed interest in supporting the venue since building has started.

“I think it is only now that the size and scale of the Centre can be seen that people are starting to understand the significance of this venue for the whole community not just the College, which is why Kāpiti District Council and Lotteries have supported it.   

We’ve also received fantastic help from community groups such as the Paraparaumu Rotary Club, Lions and the Kāpiti Music Centre as well as private companies like Goodmans and Coastlands.  

We are currently running another campaign for seat and room sponsorship and we’ve sold well over half of the seat sponsorships already.   People are telling us they’re seeing the benefit of having their name on something that will be around for generations to come.

However they are still seeking support from more organisations, businesses and families with  just under $800,000 still needed.

Ms Carter says a delay in the steel arriving held up the construction after the foundations were laid but now the building is emerging quickly.

“The steel portals will all be up over the next week, then the seating slabs will arrive and the rear of the theatre will be closed in.  By the end of the year there will be a building with a roof on it.”

Erecting the building has been complicated by height restrictions as it is in the wider airport fly path.

“We have a rather large crane being used to erect the Centre and while our builders have been working with airport authorities to minimise disruption, because of the flights, the crane has had to be idle sometimes during the day.’

The Centre is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.   

“We’ve already had numerous enquiries from artists throughout New Zealand who want to perform here.  This will be a Centre of an international standard and we will be actively marketing it as a venue to both New Zealand and international acts.  We can hardly wait. “