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Schools Festival

Schools Festival

Our schools festival gives Tauranga and Western Bay rangatahi the opportunity to a range of arts experiences.

The Festival offers schools and students special matinee performances at student-friendly prices, inspiring future theatre makers, innovators and arts lovers. We also offer performances and workshops in schools.

Book directly 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!

Thank you to Taylor Bros Transport for supporting our young people to experience the arts.


Featured artists

The Nukes: The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part ratpack, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality. The Nukes will be providing workshops and shows throughout the Western Bay of Plenty.


Craig Phillips: Craig Phillips is internationally renowned for his illustrations which includes contributing to the official colouring book of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and illustrating rock band posters for Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Foo Fighters. He shares lively tales of mythology and magic, heroes and heroines, with a bit of drawing thrown in. Craig will be taking workshops for 8-12-year olds throughout the region. Proudly supported by the NZ Book Council.


Karen McMillan: Karen McMillan is the author of 14 books, published in nine countries, a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and children's books. Her popular Elastic Island Adventure series for children is in early development to be made into a TV series. Karen will be taking writing workshops throughout the region suitable for children aged 8-12 years.Proudly supported by the NZ Book Council.


Rollicking Entertainment: Rollicking Entertainment Ltd was founded by David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache, actors, circus artists and variety entertainers who produce and tour original work from their home in Christchurch.

The workshops on offer will be: Slapstick and Physical Comedy, Circus Skills and Introduction to Performance.


Download our Schools Festival information packs for more information on timings and costs.