Enjoying our capital city’s vibe

Attending the world-renowned World of WearableArt™ (WOW) Show is often the impetus for indulging in all that Wellington has to offer. The 33rd iteration of the show is set to be one of the biggest, boldest, and brightest yet, featuring a whopping 120 designers from 22 countries, and the opportunity to see more of Wellington.

This year the show, with the theme BEYOND, features the return of the beloved WOW category, Bizarre Bra, unleashes a huge cast of spectacular performers, and sees the TSB Arena dripping in ‘Gold’ in the feature section of the same name.

The global wearable art competition provides a unique opportunity for its finalist designers, many of whom prepare for years to be included in the line-up.

The breathtaking stage show, which unites art, dance, aerial performance, music, and mind-blowing stage design and effects, delivers an experience like no other for its audiences.

More than $185,000 of awards and prizes are up for grabs in 2023, across three recurring sections, Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three additional sections, Mars and Beyond, Gold, and the iconic Bizarre Bra.
“Once again we find ourselves in awe at the level of creative ingenuity, craftsmanship and pure inventiveness that designers bring to the WOW Competition,” says WOW Head of Competition Sarah Nathan. The winners will be announced at the 2023 WOW Show Awards Night on Friday 22 September at TSB Arena.

Aside from the annual WOW show, Wellington is home to a myriad creative businesses, from stylish fashion boutiques, to amazing cafés, restaurants, and bars. Likewise accommodation options vary from luxurious to sublime, quaint to minimalist and contemporary. From markets to museums, walks to WOW, there’s lots to do.

WOW 2023 takes up residence in the TSB Arena in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, from 20 September to
8 October 2023. Due to overwhelming demand, an additional performance was recently released, for Tuesday 3 October.



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