Plan ahead … and stay in Tauranga!

Our first long weekend in months is rapidly approaching and we’d like to invite you to do something different for Labour Weekend – have a “staycation” and enjoy all the Tauranga Arts Festival has to offer. It will be the Festival’s first weekend and it’s a scrumdiddlyumptious box of treats:

We go regional in the first two nights of the Festival at Litt Park Theatre, Te Puke and The Arts Junction, Katkati with shows The South Afreakins and Portraits in Motion

A Call to Dance is at Tauranga Art Gallery on October 25, 26 at selected times. Come and show choreographer Amrita Hepi how we shake, rattle and roll! (Free, but bookings essential.) She works with individuals to create a movement that reflects Tauranga Moana. On Sunday October 27 at 1pm, she will combine all the movements into a dance piece which is free for anyone to attend!

While you’re at the Gallery, don’t miss Kelcy Taratoa’s mid-career exhibition and his giant work for the Atrium (free).

The Chrysalis Art Collection, which has based its acquisitions on artists with ties to Tauranga Moana, is on show in Red Square (20 Spring St, next door to CBK) on October 25, 26 and 27 (free). See the exhibition open times here

The incredible international circus-cabaret that is LIMBO presents its thrilling show at Baycourt on October 25 and 26 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on the Saturday. Suitable for ages 13+

Celtic-fusion band Shooglenifty will have Carrus Crystal Palace reeling from 8.30pm on October 25. Be there or be square (tartan not mandatory)

Practitioners of every type of performance art will be out to impress at the very first Fringe Village (Historic Village, 17th Ave) on October 26, 10am-4pm. See tomorrow’s stars in action ($5 koha)

Sharpen your pencils, pin back your ears and learn from some of the best with places still available in these writing workshops on October 26 and 27 at Baycourt and The University of Waikato Tauranga (Durham St): Kate De Goldi (middle readers), Tracey Slaughter (short stories) and the second Tim Balme screenwriting workshop at 1:30pm

Music, the universe and everything! Anthonie Tonnon brings his outstanding multimedia concept show, A Synthesized Universe, to Carrus Crystal Palace on October 26 at 8pm

Portraits in Motion, is at The University of Waikato Tauranga (Durham St) on October 27 at 7pm. Storyteller and photographer Volker Gerling describes it as a gentle reflection on the passing of time and what it means when people meet each other. We call it simply delightful.American bluesman Greg Copeland performs an acoustic set in the Carrus Crystal Palace on October 27 at 8.30pm. Hear the blues as they were originally conceived – stripped back to the essentials

What to do on Labour Day? Be like us and have tickets in your pocket for two afternoon events, as different as chalk and cheese, to be sure, but both stimulating and scintillating. First up at 1pm in the X Space at Baycourt is Cellfish, a Kiwi play that’s equal parts tragedy and comedy as the Bard gets taken to prison (suitable for ages 13+).

Then nip across the Baycourt forecourt to Carrus Crystal Palace and join Tami and Jay Neilson at 3pm as they play some beautiful music and reminisce about growing up in a performing family that toured all over North America.