Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2018 in the Bay of Plenty!


Had a LOL moment driving home the other day:  the fresh Christmas Trees on Paeroa Road sign was still out on SH2 – only 350 days to Christmas!   Well, Christmas might have been (and gone) but this weekend is the long weekend we call Auckland Anniversary Weekend.  Monday 29th January is this year’s Auckland Anniversary Day (think regattas on the Waitemata).    And as part of the Auckland Region we’ve got Monday as a public holiday!

SUNDAY 28th JANUARY is the second of the AFFORDABLE ART & ARTISAN FAIRS ARTbop and the Black Sheep Bar & Grill at Whakamarama have collaborated to create.   Spent yesterday putting out our road signs.  A big thank you to all the exhibitors who took away road signs, window posters and A6 handouts to distribute.   We had a hillarious if energetic time making the stencils for the road signs – take a look at the result.

It was harder than we thought it would be!

Finding the right spot….

Getting both sides up…

This Sunday 28th January 11am to 3pm….it’s all on!

SO SEE YOU ALL THERE!  You can check out the first AAAFair in November 2018 in this amazing video created by Birgitt Shannon, Katikati Artist and Affordable Art & Artisan Fair project leader!




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We are looking for local artists who are interested to exhibit their two-dimensional wall-hung work within the offices of Ingham Mora, Kathleen Kilgour Centre or Ignition Coworking Space.

The ‘Art in Business’ programme has been running successfully over a number of years and sees artists exhibit and sell their work at unusual locations, giving the work exposure to a whole new audience as well as potential buyers.

If you are interested to find out more about this unique programme and the requirements for the artworks, please visit our website or email Lena Kovac and send in your expression of interest until 31 January


Get involved with local arts funding!


Keen to make a difference and help get awesome creative projects across the line?
Join our assessment committees for Creative Communities funding and award grants to local artists and community groups twice per year. We are specifically looking for people of Māori descent with knowledge of local Māori arts as well as young people, but everyone eager to grow the arts locally is welcome to apply.

Applications close 9 February 2018

Further information: Contact Funding & Empowerment Advisor Lena Kovac


Workshops Term 1 2018 at The Incubator – Artery Art Learning


Just like last year, the Incubator put together an awesome mix of different workshops to keep you entertained in 2018 and the creative energy flowing!

Check them out and book yourself into a couple of their workshops here


Kids Holiday Painting Workshop with Paula Knight January 25


Acrylic on canvas painting. Suitable from 5 to 15 years. 

When: January 25, 1 – 2.30 pm

Where: Paula Knight Studio

Bookings: Contact Paula at 07 542 3455

Further info: Click here


Te Puna: Art Exhibition by Jacki Barklie January 26


This exhibition is a culmination of Jacki’s research in the last three years of completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Visual Arts.

The Exhibition is largely underpinned by Adornment.
BODY ADORNMENT can signify the status of a person, for example, ornamentation, protection, modesty, political regime, sacred Kingship and the divine, right through to self-expression
This is called Semiotics, the language of fashion. The signifier becoming the signified through communication between humans into signs and their interpretations.

Components of Jacki’s art inspiration are in response to her exposure and colourful up bringing in Africa. She has a curiosity in the exploration of materials and methods in delivering her outcome. This diversity comes across as qualities of tension between the idea and the image, filled with emotion, expression and decorative pleasure.

Opening Night: Friday 26, from 6 pm

When: January 27 – 30, daily between 12 – 3 pm

Where: 15d Minden Road, Te Puna 

Further info: Check out their Facebook event


Concert: Dub FX at Totara St. January 26


In 2006, Melbourne born Benjamin Stanford set off to Europe with a simple plan; live in a van, travel the world and street perform. Fast forward, Dub FX has sold over a hundred thousand records, rocked major festivals all over the world, racked up 150+ million youtube views and organically acquired 600,000 Facebook fans. All completely independent.

When: January 26, from 9 pm

Where: Totara St., Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Click here


Trustpower Photographic Competition: Winner Announcement at Waterfront January 26


The Trustpower Photographic Exhibition returns to the city centre for its second year! Come down to The Strand and see the top 20 winning photos from this years’ competition exhibited on large outdoor display boards. This year, a record number of 2094 entries were received. Let’s all celebrate this display of creative talent and diversity in our community, and marvel at the beauty of our region!

When: January 26, from 7 pm – March 25, 10 pm

Where: The Strand, Tauranga


One Love Festival January 27 – 28


One Love Festival – New Zealand’s biggest Reggae Festival is back this weekend.

When: January 27 – 28

Where: Tauranga Domain

Further info and tickets: Click here


Open Day at Gillian Moore School of Dance January 27


Come along to the Open Day at Gillian Moore – School of Dance, meet their fully qualified teachers and discuss classes and training they have on offer. Don’t miss out!

When: January 27, 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Gillian Moore School of Dance, 57 Te Okuroa Drive, Papamoa


Waihi Beach: Night Owl Cinema presents Boy January 27


NZ Director Taika Waititi’s second feature film BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.

When: January 27, 5.30 – 10.15 pm

Where: Wilson Park, Waihi Beach

Further info: Click here


Studio Open Day 2018 at Urban Dance January 27


Join the Urban Dance Team for performances, mini-workshops, enrolment information and more!

When: January 27, 11 am – 1 pm

Where: Studio 162, Durham St., Tauranga

Further info: Click here


Art in the Park by Tauranga Society of Artists January 27


The Tauranga Society of Artists invites everyone to enjoy local art in the holiday atmosphere of the Mount. Come and see the beautiful scenery both in life and in art!

When: January 27, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui


Concert: Paul Ubana Jones at Omokoroa Boat Club January 27


Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums.

After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years.

When: January 27 from 8 pm

Where: Omokoroa Boat Club


Concert: Albion Place / The Mount! at Totara St with Joe’s Van and Jack Berry January 27


To celebrate the much anticipated release of their debut album, Mascuzzi Jacuzzi (out 1 Dec), and on the back of their first Australian tour, Dunedin favourites Albion Place are returning to NZ shores in what promises to be one of the most memorable tours of the summer. 

When: January 27, 9 pm – 12 am

Where: Totara St., Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Call for Submissions: Simply Short Play Festival – Te Puke Repertory Society January 28


The Te Puke Repertory Society invites novice and experienced writers to submit their l0-minute plays for the Simply Small Play Festival. 
A panel of three established members of their local theatre community will read the eligible plays and choose those they feel are the strongest and will best represent an exciting evening of theatre. The scripts will be read blind (anonymously). Selected plays will then be produced by Te Puke Repertory Society for the festival season.

Deadline: January 28

Further info and guidelines: Click here


Whakamarama: Affordable Art & Artisan Fair January 28


The Affordable Art & Artisan Fair goes into its second round after a successful kick-off in November!

This event will be open to local artists and artisans who produce high quality, original and handmade pieces.

When: January 28, 11 – 3 pm

Where: The Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Whakamarama

Further info: Click here


Workshop: Wellness Art with Mira at The Art Lounge NZ January 28


Mira’s popular Wellness and Art Workshop is back for the first time in 2018. Join Mira and get your healing art energy flowing!

When: January 28, 11 am – 2 pm

Where: The Art Lounge NZ

Further info: Click here


Concert: Quivers at The Incubator January 30


Quivers are a lyric-guitar pop band roadtripping around NZ with their debut LP “We’ll Go Riding on the Hearses”. It’s nostalgic pop with lots of ghosts in it (early-REM, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Magnolia Electric Co., Big Star, probably even some Crowded House and Australian Crawl TBH). 

Joining them at The Incubator for an early Tuesday ruckus will be Tauranga’s Spoonfed whose music is ‘sonic cereal’.

And also some musical black magic from Grown Downz!

When: January 30 from 7 pm

Where: The Incubator Creative Hub

Further info: Check out their Facebook event


Tauranga Open Air Theatre: The Importance Of Being Earnest January 31


After 2 stunning Shakespeare Seasons at Te Puna Quarry, Twice as Good Productions brings another evening of hilarious comedy, fine food from Lemongrass Catering and award winning wines in the beautiful setting outdoor setting of The Elms in Tauranga.

When: January 31 – February 11

Where: The Elms, Te Papa

Further info, tickets and timetable: Click here


Concert: The Lonely Heartstring Band at The Barrel Room January 31


All the way from America on their debut tour through New Zealand, playing one night only in Tauranga!

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a classic Bluegrass quintet—always far greater than the sum of its parts.
Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.

When: January 31, 8 – 11 pm

Where: The Barrel Room, 26 Wharf Street, Tauranga

Further info and tickets: Click here


Exhibition: Drawing The Line at the People’s Gallery February 1


Everyon is welcome to attend the opening event of ‘Drawing the Line’. This exhibition will present drawings created by the Tauranga Society of Artists (non-profit organisation), Life Drawing group.
There are 12 people involved and the aim is to showcase the group’s activities and approaches to drawing as a process.

The Exhibition runs until the 18th February in the People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere.

Opening event: February 2 from 5.30 pm

Where: The People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere, Historic Village


Workshop: Glass Fusing by Leadlight Expressions February 3


In this Workshop you will learn how glass fusing works plus you’ll get to make a project of your own like pendants, earrings, bracelets or coasters, pictures, plates or whatever takes your fancy.

The items will be fired and ready to be picked up by the end of the week. You can continue your new hobby at home and bring in your creations for casual firing or just come along to another workshop.

When: January 3, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Where: Leadlight Expressions, Historic Village

Further info and enrolment: Click here


Nature Mandala Community Project at Leisure Island February 3


Be part of this creative and transformative community project where together we will co-create a giant nature mandala, working alongside local artists Sarah Jane and Jamie Harkins Artist.

Nature mandalas are not only fun to create but are hugely benefitting to our wellbeing. Creating a mandala is a meditative experience, which has the potential to facilitate healing on many levels. It helps us to let go, centre us in the present moment, to relax and connect with the earth and to natural rhythms.

When: Febraury 3, 2 – 5 pm

Where: Leisure Island, Mount Maunganui

Further info: Check out the Facebook event 


Movie on the Strand: The Ninja Lego Movie February 3


Curate Church presents Movie on the Strand, a night for the whole family featuring:

– The LEGO Ninjago Movie on the big screen
– Free Sausage Sizzle
– Free Candy Floss
– Free Coffee
– Free back to school gifts

Bring your picnic blankets and deck chairs.

When: January 3, 6.30 – 9.30 pm

Where: Tauranga Waterfront


Katikati: Annual Garden Party at Katipatch February 4


16th Ave Theatre: Acting Classes 2018 enrolement


Check out the free taster class on February 13 at the 16th Ave Theatre


Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk at 16th Ave Theatre from January 16


Norman Robbins’ fun packed, all singing and dancing pantomime, tells the traditional fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk – OK, maybe with a few twists and turns.

Produced across the world over 150 times, this hilarious panto is fast paced and guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

Filled with your classic panto characters, principal boy and girl, the infamous cross dressing dame, the good fairy, the evil villain and a lovable dancing cow.

When: January 16 – 21

Where: 16th Ave Theatre

Timetable and bookings: Click here


Summer Shakespeare TGA: The Taming Of The Shrew at the Historic Village from January 18


Story: The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio “tames” her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina’s younger sister, Bianca, who is seen as the “ideal” woman.

Grandstand and street-level seating will be provided. All seating is general admission, and the seating area will be open from 7pm. Patrons are advised to bring jackets and/or blankets for warmth, as it can get a little cool later in the evening. Street-level seats will be reserved for elderly or disabled persons. Please arrive early and advise the Front of House staff of your requirements.

When: January 18 – 28

Where: The Historic Village

Further info, timetable and tickets: Click here


Exhibition: Reworking History by Janice Giles at The Incubator from January 19


Janice Giles has made art for most of her life. Primarily self-taught, she enjoys experimenting with techniques and mediums. Janice works mainly with acrylics and her current focus is on abstract works.

Claiming the title of ‘artist’ has been a lengthy process. Many years were spent drawing, painting, scribbling, and creating. This exhibition is an attempt to honour that long process, and to respect that learning is never wasted. It represents many hours of painting and contemplation. The exhibition is comprised of art works with story and history. Parts of each work were originally created over a 10 year period, and have been re-worked, re-composed and rejuvenated.

Opening: January 18, from 5.30 pm

When: January 19 – February 10

Where: The Incubator Creative Hub

Further info: Check out their Facebook event


Tauranga Musical Theatre Youth: The Wizard of Oz from January 19


Join the TMT somewhere Over the Rainbow as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to a wonderful place called Oz with Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion.

A special one-hour adaptation of the classic musical featuring all your favourite songs and characters.

Performed by TMT’s young performers (aged between 10 – 18 years), this musical favourite is an all-ages event not to be missed!

When: January 19 – 27

Where: Tauranga Musical Theatre

Timetable and Tickets: Click here


Exhibition: Future Island at Tauranga Art Gallery January 20


Future Islands, New Zealand’s official entry in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, is a story about New Zealand, told through 55 architectural projects on 22 island-like forms, floating through the gallery space.

The exhibition presents real and imagined projects that show the diversity of our architecture and the exciting possibilities for architectural adventure in our fast-changing world.

Produced by a creative team led by Charles Walker of AUT and Kathy Waghorn of the University of Auckland, Future Islands was an evocative and lyrical presence at the world’s leading architecture event.

When: January 20 – March 18

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Further info: Click here


Upcoming Funding Opportunities by Creative New Zealand

  • Tohunga Tukunga Mentoring Programme

The Tohunga Tukunga mentoring programme offers funding to help preserve and pass on contemporary and traditional Ngā Toi Māori (Māori arts) knowledge and practice. Three mentoring opportunities are available in each of the three annual funding rounds.

Closing date: 9. February 2018

Further information: Click here

  • Toi tipu Toi rea – emerging Māori artist grant

The Toi Tipu Toi Rea is a grant to support Māori artists or practitioners, at an early stage of their career, to undertake an arts project.

Closing date: 9. February 2018

Further information: Click here

  • Moana Community Grants

The Moana Community Grants support and develop Pacific heritage arts (artistic expressions and forms reflecting a particular Pasifika cultural tradition) in regional towns and communities outside of Auckland and Wellington.

Closing date: 9. February 2018

Further information: Click here

  • Quick Response Grant

Quick Response Grants help New Zealand artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create and distribute their work. Decisions take five weeks and typically one in four or five applications get funded.

Closing date: 9. February 2018

Further information: Click here

  • International Art Fair Fund

The International Art Fair Fund is aimed at increasing the sale of New Zealand craft/object and visual artworks in offshore markets. It supports New Zealand-based dealer galleries and craft/object designers and companies to participate in reputable international art fairs.

Closing date: 9. February 2018

Further information: Click here


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