About BATS

Matawhānui / Vision

Live art lighting-up lives.

Whakatakanga / Mission

To create safe spaces for artists and audiences to expand possibilities.

From a gorgeous three level repurposed historic building we nurture creative talent and showcase exciting new NZ performance. Our buzzing year-round programme is an alternative mash-up of theatre, dance, improv, stand-up, and experimental work. 

We partner in the development of exciting and bold performance. Through the meeting of digital and live art, bolstering BATS as a hub of creativity and showcasing diverse festival activity we support career sustainability and wellbeing for all.

Over the years BATS has been the spark that lit the careers of many household names. We’re the place to get up close to Aotearoa’s next generation of performers, writers, directors, designers and event technicians.

With a cosy boutique bar and art gallery on site, a night out at BATS is a unique and immersive Wellington experience.

Coming to shows at BATS makes you an important part of our vibrant passionate super-beautiful dynamic community. Welcome!

The Heyday Dome, photographed by Rebekah Bakker