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Established in 1999, we are Tauranga's flagship Arts Festival. We deliver a world-class programme direct from leading artists and performers at the peak of their practice. It's a live experience that you don't have to travel to Auckland for or be living in London - it happens right here in Tauranga.

Tauranga Arts Festival Charitable Trust organise the Tauranga Arts Festival and Escape! literary weekend.

We will be bringing the community together and the City alive over 10 days, from the 24th of October to the 3rd of November 2019.

The Festival activates the Tauranga city centre, presenting performances and exhibitions from the Carrus Crystal Palace, Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, the Tauranga Art Gallery and throughout the streets. But it doesn't stop there.

We show from a number of venues in greater Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Waihi Beach and Te Puke regions.

The 2017 Festival was celebrated from the 19 - 29 October.

Escape! Festival is a literary weekend that happens in the off-year to the Festival over Queen's Birthday weekend in June. This little festival with big ideas hosts writers and thought-leaders allowing an escape into different worlds and future ideas. The next Escape! Festival will be 29 May - 1 June 2020.