Past Event1 Feb - 6 Feb 2024

String Symphony

No longer available

Aotea Square

Family & Kids

Bring a giant two-storey high puppet to life!

String Symphony is a large-scale, interactive performance installation by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre that uses puppetry to explore connection, community and collaboration.

Hand-woven using more than one kilometre of rope, the giant illuminated puppet is waiting to be brought to life with your help. Work together with twelve fellow puppeteers to animate this enchanting spectacle, taking turns to pull the strings and enliven the towering handwoven creature.

Think you've got what it takes to come and be a puppeteer? We'll see you in Aotea Square!



Leor is the name of the giant puppet. At night, 600+ LED lights inside the puppet illuminate the 4-metre tall marionette that is suspended from a 5-metre truss cube. The 12 strings are used to operate Leor under the direction of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s professional puppeteers.



  • 11.30am
  • 1pm
  • 3pm
  • 5.30pm
  • 7pm



To access the Aotea Centre bathrooms between 11am - 8pm on Sat 3, Sun 4 and Waitangi Day Tue 6 Feb, please enter the building from Aotea Square via Entrance 3, which is left of The Terrace and to the right of Barry Lett's Red Dancer wall sculpture.


Image: Mitchell Hancock

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