Save the date 2021 Festival 21-31 October

Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou – Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing


So here we are in Alert Level 3 … which doesn’t feel all that different to Alert Level 4, albeit with the possibility of café food, takeaways and some online shopping! Still no public gatherings, though, so we’re pleased to keep bringing you our programme of the arts at home (#artsathome).

Here’s what’s coming up this wee all postings made at noon.

Monday April 27:
Sandra Simpson peeks into the lockdown life of Kāpiti Coast novelist Hannah Parry.

Home-made Poetry Part 3:

  • Arts Festival patron and former trustee Deb Meldrum reads ‘Blatant Resistance’ by Bub Bridger
  • Arts Festival patron Doug Hendry reads ‘Keep it Up’ by Brian Turner.

Wednesday April 29:
One of our best-loved cooks Allyson Gofton talks about stepping off the career wheel and moving her family to a remote village in France, while speaking no French! Replay from Escape! 2018.

Friday May 1:
Columnist, cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter Tom Scott shares an arsenal of hilarious stories. Replay from Escape! 2018. Warning: Strong language.

Monday May 4:
Books A Plenty co-owner Chris Baskett shares some insights into being a judge for this year’s Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction (announced on May 12).

Home-made Poetry Part 4:

  • Former Māori All Black captain Errol Brain reads ‘The Sportsman Drops a Goal’ by James Norcliffe
  • Former Tauranga Arts Festival staffer Claire Mabey reads ‘Child, 5.30am’ by Alison Wong.

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We’re already considering how we might bring the arts to Tauranga when public event restrictions ease – with one of the key elements in our planning being a solid financial base. Many thanks to our Sponsors and Patrons who, despite the uncertain times, have continued to offer support. We’d love to have you remain as part of our Festival whānau, or join us for the first time. If you have any questions about what this might entail please don’t hesitate to get in touch, info@taurangafestival.co.nz or go to the Patrons page on our website.

Kia kaha ki ā tātou!
Your Festival Team