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Craving some drama? We’ve got palette loads

Get Inspired. Find Your Muse.

Inspired by the region’s unique energy and interpreted by the cultural heart of the people, Manawatū’s arts scene is vibrant and vivacious. Art galleries, theatres, museums, exhibitions and street art. It’s enough to get your creative senses tingling.

Museums 

Telling the stories of our place. Take a trip down memory lane and uncover Manawatū’s past, our people, our culture and our communities.
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Theatres 

Manawatū is home to a thriving theatre scene. The city’s cultural set comes out to play after dark, and we’re proud as punch of our performances, talent and vast collection of local and international shows. There’s always a performance, or a play to see.
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Cinema 

Whether you want the latest blockbuster or something a bit boutique - Manawatū has the big screen sorted. Popcorn and pic ‘n’ mix, or a platter and pinot, we’ve got the cinema experience you're craving.

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