Sun, Sand and Cabaret – That’s Splore!

Excitement is building for Splore Festival, with a stellar programme featuring an eclectic selection of Aotearoa’s homegrown artists on Feb 25-27, 2022.

Splorers can get ready to dust off their dress-ups for an extravaganza of music legends, immersive performances and thought-provoking interactive visual arts on the shores of Tāpapakanga Regional Park.

The Living Lounge, Splore’s iconic performance stage, will bring its usual cheeky antics across the weekend including ‘The Wide-Awake Club!’ cabaret on Saturday night, an interactive show serving flamboyant self-expression and unmissable tricksters whose talents are destined to awaken your wild side.

“Inspired by the bouncy, brash, wide-eyed 1980s UK kids tv show, it will be loud, bright and not at all subtle,” noted Performance Programme Director Emma Vickers.

“Whether it’s woke awareness in (and possibly on) your face, neon dancers, bananas, llamas and pillow fights, or literal naked truths doing backflips into the audience, if you’re weary this’ll wake you up, if you’re wired, this won’t help you sleep!”

With new work from rising boylesque drag-star The Ever Changing Boy, boundary-shattering performance-art from Hannah Tasker-Poland and Korean b-boy legend Ducky Kim, there is an eve-fresh pool of NZ-based talent coming for the first time to Splore, all MC’d by the inimitably outrageous Lizzie Tollemache and Tom Sainsbury.

Invited back are a multitude of star Splore performers like Banana Jolie, BosSHE, Flow Academy and Oblivion Westwood. Also, one-off collaborations, with Dust Palace, returning with a re-worked ‘Haus of YOLO’, this year featuring vogueing from House of Galliano, on Friday night.

Over the entire weekend, from the Piazza to the Skeletons’ Closet, the sea, and nooks and crannies across the site Splore adventurers will discover street shows, interactive dance, circus sideshows, a tiny cinema and more.

Performer line-up (in no particular order):

Banana Jolie

Dust Palace- Haus of YOLO

House of Galliano

Hannah Tasker-Poland

Tom Sainsbury

Lizzie Tollemache

Dance Plant Collective

The Ever Changing Boy + Troupe

Banana Jolie

Dust Palace Performers

Oblivion Westwood+ Paul Klaass


Amber Liberté- The Consensual Sensory Peep Show

Bombay Kiss – Jeff Tollan

Human Agency- Why is a Raven?, Airquarium, Minema, Dream State

Flame Entertainment

Flow Acrobats

Ducky Kim

Rodney Bell + Chloe Loftus

BosShe Dance

Rollicking Entertainment

The Bombay Bombshell

Splore music programme: 




Breaks N’ Brass(feat. Ria Hall/Tali/Rubi Du)

Don McGlashan

The New Loungehead

Rubi du


Anthonie Tonnon







Wellington Sea Shanty Society

Paul Bosauder – Flamenco Project


Dylan C

Frank Booker

Stefaan van Leuven

Marjorie Sinclair

Clarke Gayford

Dick Johnson


Cam Harris


Mac Mylo

Gabriella Gonzalez


Eastern Bloc

(Halalamama) حلالاماما


Pork Crackle


Aw B

Lauren Gin



The Dastardly Bounder


Bobby Brazuka

Forrest Bump

Mr Big Stuff

Ugly Disco


Miss B


Mia Kober

Sister Rosa


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