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Ōtautahi is the home of Aotearoa’s artistic heart. Many of most significant artists have been born here, or lived here, or created significant works here.
Ōtautahi boasts some shining examples of architectural brilliance. The city has a rich history of styles, from high gothic to modernist to brutalist and contemporary.
Ōtautahi has nurtured some of Aotearoa’s most well loved and best known designers across all fields and across many decades.
Ōtautahi has a rich literary heritage in publishing, writing and poetry – including two Booker Prize winners – and many of Aotearoa’s most esteemed writers have honed their craft here.
Visionary composers, musicians and songwriters hail from Ōtautahi – from innovative jazz, to soaring classical works. Indy labels and top ten artists. Big bands and Hip Hop pioneers.
From traditional arts to contemporary, Ōtautahi has a rich tapestry of Ngā Toi Māori practitioners in a diverse range of artistic disciplines.
From Aotearoa’s oldest experimental theatre, to the most contemporary of modern dance, and everything in between, Ōtautahi on stage is innovative, imaginative and bold.
Arguably, Aotearoa’s modern art movement began here. Many of our most influential visual artists had their start here. Hammond, Lye, Angus, Robinson, Fomison, Henderson, Brake… The list goes on.
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