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This year’s Tauranga Arts Festival is again offering a varied programme with performances at pre-schools and primary schools as well as matinees and family shows at Baycourt Theatre.

Book direct with the Festival Office by emailing info@taurangafestival.co.nz or phone (07) 928 6213. Special discounted student prices ($10 and under) available for matinee performances and teachers attend for free!

Primary and Pre-School information

Secondary School information


When Thurs 19 and Fri 20 Oct, 45 mins (30 mins required for set up and 20 mins for pack down)

Times 9.30am and 1.30pm (other times can be negotiated)

Where In your early childhood centre, classroom or school hall

Age Group Most suitable for children 3 –10 years

A book that is so well-loved by children is now a magical stage play that deals powerfully with childhood and age, with memory and with relationships. The magic of storytelling and puppetry, make this play a wonderful work for both adults and children. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is just four years old and he lives next door to a rest home for old people. He knows all the residents very well, but his favourite person is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has four names, just as he does.

Book by Mem Fox, Stage adaptation by Peter Wilson & Kenny King

Little Dog Barking Theatre Company

Cost per school $100 + GST


Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud?

When Thurs 19 and Fri 20 Oct, 60 min time slots

Times 9am-12noon and 1pm-3pm

Where Tauranga Waterfront

Age Group Most suitable for ages 2 to 12 years

Bloom consists of thousands of identical pink pieces that let children and big kids connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Creating installations with Bloom is like growing an alien garden, cultivating surreal landscapes that are truly one of a kind. Imagination and interaction are the fuel for this organic and collaborative sculpture experience, which is a wonderful way to introduce children to sculpture and design.

Cost per classroom $35 inclu GST


When Wed 18 Oct 7am

Where Tauranga Waterfront

Admission free

Your school choir has the opportunity to be trained to sing the festival commissioned waiata – Tākiri ko te Ata. Tauranga Arts Festival will be officially opened by a dawn chorus: we will be singing a waiata to the sun rising across the sea in celebration of our people, place and our artists.

You can learn more here, book a session with Ria Hall to learn and practise the waiata by contacting Nikki Hansen on nikki.hansen@taurangafestival.co.nz or calling the Festival Office (07) 928 6213