New Zealand arts festivals and events

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.


Air New Zealand Fashion Week

The Big Idea event listings.

Auckland *

Auckland arts and entertainment guide, The Edge.

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.

Auckland Festival
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.

Auckland Fringe Festival

Auckland Open Air Film Festival

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival

Big Idea list of festivals and events.

New Zealand Indie Arts Festival. Showcasing illustrators, comic artists, animators, concept designers, game devs and more!

Devonport Arts Festival, Auckland

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.

Eventfinda list of events in Auckland.

New Zealand International Film Festival

Pasifika Festival

Reaction.The Auckland events and entertainment Matrix.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Festival

Waiheke Jazz Festival

Christchurch, Canterbury *

Canterbury/ Christchurch festivals and events.

Christchurch Arts Festival
Jazz, opera, cabaret,writing, theatre.

Be There. Listed Christchurch and Canterbury events.

World Buskers Festival

Scape Biennial of Art in Public Space

Spectrum Street Art Festival

World Buskers Festival, Christchurch.

Dunedin *

Bahai Association for the Arts, Dunedin.

City of Dunedin guide.

The New Zealand International Early Music Festival
Ten days of superb Renaissance and Baroque music, theatre and dance. February and March

Visit Dunedin
Events, activities and places guide.

Otago Festival of the Arts

Film festivals *

Drifting Clouds International Short Film Festival

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.

Italian Film Festival

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

New Zealand International Film Festival

Out Takes Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Show Me Shorts
New Zealand’s only trans-Tasman short film festival.

Wairoa Maori International Film Festival

Wanaka Mountain Film

Wairoa Maori International Film Festival

Hamilton *

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.

Nelson *

Nelson Arts Festival, 14 -25Oct.

Nelson Events and Festivals

New Plymouth *

New Plymouth current and upcoming events, from the New Plymouth District Council.North.

WOMAD Festival

Northland *

Northland events.

North Shore *

Devonport events and attractions guide.

North Shore events. 
North Shore Libraries

North Shore events and attractions. 
Tourism North Shore


Otago and Dunedin *

Otago and Dunedin events calendar.

Events. Dunedin City Council
Find out what’s on in Dunedin including city major events, festivals, meetings,
forums and exhibitions.


Queenstown *

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.

Rotorua *

Rotorua Event Venues


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
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.


Waitakere Arts Projects and Events Calendar

Wanaka. Festival of Colour, 
Every two years, the Festival of Colour will celebrate the arts in the spectacular autumn setting of Lake Wanaka.

Wellington *

Arts and Culture in Wellington.
A searchable events database.

Maori Art Market

Lux Night Lights Festival

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 New Zealand Fringe Festival

New Zealand International Arts Festival

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.

Wellington events. A ‘what’s on’ guide.

Whanganui *

Wanganui events guide.

Whangarei *

Whangarei events guide, from EventFinda.

Things to do in Whangarei, an events and attractions guide.

WOMAD Festival. World of Music, Arts & Dance, New Plymouth, Taranaki.

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.