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Capital E National Arts Festival for Children

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March 2015 sees the return of the biggest arts festival in New Zealand for young people. Of the 11 fantastic New Zealand and international productions, four are world premieres, and one a mini Film-Festival, made by young people for young people! With 169 performances this year's Festival is a real explosion of dance, music and theatre. From 7-21 March, 18,000 students and 4,000 young people and their families are expected to attend the 7th Capital E National Arts Festival.

Our goal is to make this Festival accessible for all children.

We offer heavily subsidised tickets to schools, but transport costs are often cited as the main obstacle for participating. We would like to provide selected schools free transport to attend the Festival. It only costs $5 to put a child on a bus. With your help we can get as many kids as possible to see some of the world's best entertainment live performance, made especially for them.

Get on board!


  • They're here!


    The Capital E National Arts Festival opened this week and the city is buzzing with children from around the region (and beyond).  Thank you so much for coming on board to help make this happen!  Check out these excited kids on a double decker.  And, if you are interested in the first reviews, click the links below:


    Carnival of the Animals “Beautiful, ingenious, magical.”

    Guji Guji “Engaging and entertaining allegory.”

    Caterpillars “Wordless ingenuity and fun.”

    They're here!
  • 100%! We did it!


    We've now officially achieved 100% of our target! Thanks to all who have donated toward this amazing campaign.

    We'd like to extend an ENORMOUS thanks to all of you who donated. Without you we couldn't have done it.

    You can keep giving to help make our Festival even more accessible as our campaign ends today.

    Once again, thanks.

    Ngā mihi,

    The Capital E team.

  • 98%, we're so close!


    Well done to everyone for donating toward this exciting campaign. We're only $80 away from reaching 100%!

    Today is the final day of our campaign, and we're just so close!!

    98%, we're so close!
  • We're at 80%. Almost there!


    We are so close to achieving our final mark. Only 20% more to go. Thanks to everyone for helping us get this far!

    We're at 80%. Almost there!
  • 60% ACHIEVED!


    Wow! With only 7 days to go we've already achieved so much. Thanks to the whole 61 of you who have donated thus far. Help us in spreading the word about getting children to the Festival!

    60% ACHIEVED!
  • We're all VERY excited here at Capital E!


    We're all VERY excited here at Capital E!
  • We're at 50%


    We've raised over 50% of our target to help get children to the Festival and this couldn't have been achieved without your support. There is only 9 days to go and we need you to help us get to our target of $5,000.

    Get on board!