New Zealand arts festivals and events
A list of websites
New Zealand in Venice
New Zealand’s pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia featuring Lisa Reihana’s panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015—17.
Art Week Auckland
Art Week Auckland has been developed by the NZ Contemporary Art Trust, the charitable body behind the highly successful Auckland Art Fair. The aim of the event is to grow Auckland’s visual arts audience through discovery and discussion.
More than 200 arts and entertainment events. The biennial festival is a feast of theatre, dance, concerts, cabaret, exhibitions, family events and more, featuring some of the finest national and international artists and companies.
New Zealand Indie Arts Festival. Showcasing illustrators, comic artists, animators, concept designers, game devs and more!
Earth-Beat: Harvest Festival of Movement and Dance.
Earth-Beat is a gathering with a shared vision of community, strength and spirit. With live electronic and world music, creative initiatives and workshops, they invite you to live, play and move as your hearts beat as one. Kawai Purapura Retreat & Holistic Living Centre is just 20 minutes from Auckland.
Christchurch, Canterbury *
Christchurch Arts Festival
Jazz, opera, cabaret,writing, theatre.
The New Zealand International Early Music Festival
Ten days of superb Renaissance and Baroque music, theatre and dance. February and March
Events, activities and places guide.
Film festivals *
The 48 Hour Film Festival
A film-making competition held through major cities in New Zealand where teams must write, shoot, edit and score a 3 to 7-minute film in forty-eight hours.
Mountain Film Festival
The 2011 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is a combination of events over the five days July 1st to 5th in NZ’s premier alpine village of Wanaka.
Activities scheduled include
* International and NZ made film competition (US$1000 and NZ$1000 first prizes)
* Viewing of the film finalist
* Awards night with films, winning film previews and live Music
* NZ & International Guest speakers
Show Me Shorts
New Zealand’s only trans-Tasman short film festival.
Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival
A summer arts festival held in the magnificant settings within the Hamilton Gardens. Their programme includes: theatre, music, pantomime, shakespeare, major concerts, emerging artists, visual art and more.
Hawkes Bay *
Central Hawkes Bay. The Festival
A three-day festival extravaganza of arts in Central Hawkes Bay.
New Plymouth *
North Shore *
North Shore events.
North Shore Libraries
North Shore events and attractions.
Tourism North Shore
Otago and Dunedin *
Events. Dunedin City Council
Find out what’s on in Dunedin including city major events, festivals, meetings,
forums and exhibitions.
The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour
has a diverse programme of over 40 performances and exhibitions showcasing many of New Zealand’s most respected names in art, music, theatre and dance.
SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space
is New Zealand’s only biennial dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art in public space. It is organised by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust.
Entertainment venues, events, shows around New Zealand. Searchable online information, online bookings.
Venue Hire offers a very comprehensive selection of New Zealand venues for hire. In particular they have139 options for exhibitions and 55 for shows. Free listings for theatre groups, clubs, and associations.
Wanaka. Festival of Colour,
Every two years, the Festival of Colour will celebrate the arts in the spectacular autumn setting of Lake Wanaka.
Arts and Culture in Wellington.
A searchable events database.
Wellington LUX is a free public light festival that turns Wellington’s waterfront and laneways into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design.
The Performance Arcade
The Performance Arcade is an annual Live Art mini-festival and programme of free events located on Wellington Waterfront. Using a series of architecturally arranged shipping containers, the Arcade creates a string of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, audio-visual art, interactive media, culinary art and live music.
World of Wearable Art
The Montana World of Wearable Art Awards Show. An annual non-stop spectacular held in Wellington, New Zealand. Artists and designers from New Zealand and around the world enter truly amazing garments that are presented in a unique two hour show of choreography, music, lighting and special effects.