My Dunedin Itinerary

Autumn Events

The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

From 1 May

Fresh from critical acclaim at its world premiere at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas and to celebrate the launch of New Zealand Music Month, join the band, cast and crew for an incredible evening celebrating the story of one of New Zealand music’s most celebrated characters. After a national premiere in Dunedin, the film is now showing at theatres across New Zealand.

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

9-12 May

Held every two years, the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival offers a vibrant guest list of New Zealand and international authors. This year the programme of events will span fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature, mental health, feminism, politics, history, te reo Māori, humour, outdoor adventuring, crime and illustration.

Tony de Lautour: US V THEM

11 May – 6 October 2019

Welcome to the low brow, high art world of Tony de Lautour’s paintings, sculptures and ceramics.One of New Zealand’s leading painters, de Lautour’s early works drew from wide-ranging sources including seedy underground street culture, tattoos, post-punk music and comic books as well as fine English porcelain and antiques. De Lautour was awarded a New Zealand Arts Laureate in 2012, and over the past decade his painting has developed into a unique take on geometric abstraction. US V THEM brings together a selection of de Lautour’s work produced over the past thirty years.


16-25 May

Produced by Musical Theatre Dunedin, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz, Glinda The Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. A international sensation, this musical is the definition of a Broadway spectacular featuring hit songs, stunning costumes, sets and choreography. else is on in Dunedin? See the full range of events

In Motion: The Moving Parts of Contemporary Art

18 May – 29 September

This exhibition explores ideas of movement, motion and interactivity through artworks by Sara Hughes, Tiffany Singh, Rebecca Baumann, and Haines + Hinterding. This family-friendly, hands on exhibition invites audiences to explore kinetic sculpture, including two recent acquisitions of works by Rebecca Baumann that use movement and automation as a means of experiencing colour, light and space. Geology (2015), by Haines + Hinterding, invites viewers to use their body and actions to explore a three-dimensional digital world, while Tiffany Singh’s Make A House A Home Project (2019) uses art to activate a community exchange, forging connections between individuals throughout our city. Finally, Sara Hughes’ All My Favourite Shapes (2019) invites gallery visitors to make decisions about composition, form and colour using a series of colourful magnets on the gallery wall.


25 May

A popular highlight of Techweek Dunedin is the family-friendly Dunedin TEXpo, 11am-3pm Saturday 25 May. TEXpo is a joint event hosted by Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago across two sites on Union St East: The Otago University Business School, and the Otago Polytechnic Hub. It will showcase interactive displays and stalls from local tech companies, Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago, e.g. robots, Minecraft, and drones; hi-tech innovations that staff and students have produced or are using; and hands on interactions with a variety of new and emerging technologies.

University of Otago 150th - Queens Birthday Weekend

31 May - 3 June

150 years of daring to be wise. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the University of Otago and to celebrate this auspicious occasion there is a full programme of events throughout the year. During Queens Birthday Weekend the city will come to life with celebrations including street processions, concerts, tours and fireworks.

What else is on in Dunedin?

See the city-wide event calendar for a full list of happenings in and around Dunedin