Coming Up: omg – the first week of December!

 Sharing with you the Creative Bay of Plenty compiled list of events, performances and great good times happening in and around Tauranga in the first week of December.    A great deal of time and effort goes into compiling this event list.  You can receive it direct to your inbox or if you’re just casually cruising ARTbop you can read it here.

Here’s the  link to the CBOP website:

Lots of other interesting features on their website too! 

As usual ARTbop’s added in a little of it’s own spice at the beginning of the list. Make  sure you read all of it!

And, don’t forget Friday night 1st December is the Whakamarama Kindergarten Christmas Market at the Whakamarama Community Centre, Whakamrama Road, opposite the Whakamarama School!  Take a look at another of my attempts to emulate the Sun’s Rosalie Liddle-Crawford – yes I’ve a long way to go as the event video queen!  

There’s also pop up art exhibitions and markets coming up in Waihi Beach – we’ll include the details when they show up!


16th Ave Theatre: Season’s Greetings by Alan Aychbourn from November 22


Story: It’s Christmas Eve in the Bunker Household and stress levels are rising. Belinda wants peace and goodwill;  Uncle Harvey wants peace and quiet to watch the telly; Phyllis wants another drink, and Rachel just wants to be loved! The arrival of Clive (a suave author), and an incompetent puppet show from the hapless doctor Bernard, sets the scene for a night of comedy of the darkest variety.

When: November 22 – December 9

Where: 16th Ave Theatre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Exhibition: Anya Mowll and Sarah Ablisser at The Art Lounge from November 24


Sarah Albisser will exhibit “Line Complexity” and Anya Mowll “My happy place”. Sarah is famous for exploring different techniques and her art is a mix of ink, thread and stitching on paper. Anya Mowll works mainly on one-off ceramic sculptures. She is inspired by structures in nature, objects like shells, skeletons and corals are her current main forms.

When: November 24 – January 4

Where: The Art Lounge

Further info: Click here


Call for Artists


What: The Papamoa Christmas Art Fest is a visual and musical celebration of all that is good in human relationships and a reminder of the love that Christmas is all about!

Paintings, photos, videos, large floral displays, music and laughter are all on offer.

Seeking: Artists willing to do a painting in an hour. The topic for the art is: “A Moment of Intimacy, Laughter and Kindness.”

Contact: Julie Guest – mobile: 027 420 5375, email:


Concert: Gianicci Schicchi by the Tauranga Opera Forum November 29


What: Contenders for the 2018 Singing Scholarships will present their best with a selection of songs designed to show off their considerable vocal talents. Audience and professional input into the final selections of the scholarships winners.

When: November 29 from 5.30 pm

Where: Graham Young Youth Theatre, Boys College Tauranga


Mauao Contemporary Choir


They call themselves Mauao Crazy Choir and are a bunch of people of all ages and abilities who love to sing and have a good time. Guided by Emily Macklow, this choir welcomes everybody, whether or not they think they can sing.

When: Thursday from 6.30 pm

Where: Mauao Performing Arts Centre


‘Allo ‘Allo – Le Christmas Dinner Show from November 30


Pop along to Tauranga’s ‘umble Café Versailles French Restaurant for a night to remember as Rene Artois juggles the Gestapo, the Resistance, his secret affairs and wife, Edith.

When: November 30 – December 16

Where: Restaurant Cafe Versailles, 107 Grey St, Tauranga

Further info and tickets: Click here


Claudia Jarman Memorial Lecture: New Zealand At Venice November 30


Described as ‘a little fox terrier with a huge spirit’ Claudia Jarman was an art educator with great passion, inspiring two generations of teenagers in the Bay of Plenty to practice and appreciate art.

Rhana Devenport, Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, is the Curator of Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, the New Zealand Pavilion for the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Rhana will discuss the process, challenges, expectations and surprises associated with an ambitious international project of this scale and scope.

When: November 30, 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Further info and tickets: Click here


Workshop: Tropical Painting with Paula Knight December 1 – 3


2 or 3 days of painting bliss and a great way to relax into the busy festive season and nurture your creative side!

Day 1, Friday, is optional and will be a creative warm up and for those who would like to have a head-start.

Saturday and Sunday are focused on creating your own beautiful tropical botanical painting. 

When: December 1 – 3, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Paula Knight Artist Studio

Further info: Click here or call Paula on 029 602 4108


Multicultural Tauranga – Music from the World December 1


All are welcome at the ‘Music from the world” end of the year event from Multicultural Tauranga.

Be inspired by the beautiful voices of children from a local school of music, and capitvated by the musical talents that our migrants and newcomers bring to Tauranga.

Bring a plate of food to share for a celebratory potluck dinner and enjoy the beginning of the festive season.

When: December 1 from 6 pm

Where: Wesley Church Hall

Further info: Click here


Exhibition: Large Paintings at Katikati Art Gallery December 1 – 21


The Katikati Art Group are holding an on-trend 21 day exhibition of “Large Art Only” 

This is the perfect opportunity to fill that big blank wall of yours!

When: December 1 – 21, Monday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Katikati Art Gallery

Further info: Check out their Facebook-event


Papamoa Christmas Art Fest December 1 – 3


The Papamoa Christmas Art Fest shall challenge the idea that a good Christmas is one that involves a lot of spending. It will be a visual and musical celebration of all that is good in human relationships. A reminder of the love that Christmas is all about.
Paintings, photos, videos, large floral displays, music and laughter are all on offer.

There will also be the chance to get hands on with art for both children and adults… with card making workshops running all day, a vision board workshop, wax art, painting and more.

Morning and afternoon tea will be available at no cost.

When: December 1 – 3

Where: 53 Te Okuroa Drive Papamoa

Contact: Julie Guest, phone: 0274 205 375, email:


Distortion – Underground House Music at Totara St. December 1


Distortion is a night of Underground House music in the Mount brought to you by the premiere NZ DJ company, Addictive DJ’s.

When: December 1 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Concert: Carols in the Park 2017 December 1


Come along and enjoy an evening in this lovely park while listening to Christmas carols. Featuring the Salvation Army Band, Ngai Tamarawaho Choir, Bellevue School Choir, and Brookfield School. All welcome!

When: December 1, 18:30 – 20:30 pm

Where: Sydenham Botanic Park, Brookfield

Further info: Click here


Theatre: Oliver Twisted at Baycourt December 1 & 2


The story of orphans and the trials and tribulations of love and lost. An entertaining dance version made up of ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre. A family show for all ages.

When: December 1st and 2nd

Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre 

Further info and tickets: Click here


Cult Cinema Club: North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock December 2


Story: New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm’s associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way. Soon Vandamm’s henchmen close in on Thornhill, resulting in a number of iconic action sequences.

When: December 2, 6.30 – 11 pm

Where: Cult Cinema Club, Historic Village

Further info and tickets: Click here


A Colonial At Home 1867 by the Tauranga Writers December 2


What: Travel back with Tauranga Writers across the decades to a social evening in Victorian New Zealand to celebrate our own past and the Bay of Plenty’s history.

When: December 2, 2 – 4 pm

Where: The Village Hall, Historic Village


Musical: Blood Brothers at Baycourt from November 2


Stage Right Trust proudly brings to life Willy Russell’s much loved, award-winning musical about a set of twins separated at birth who grow up streets apart never knowing the truth about each other, but become firm friends when their paths cross later in life.

Featuring a stunning cast, Blood Brothers is a witty, entertaining and sometimes emotional musical that is not to be missed.

When: December 2 – 9

Where: Baycourt X Space

Further info and tickets: Click here


Concert: Handel Messiah by Scholars Pro Musica December 2


Scholars Pro Musica are back with their third annual perfomance of Handel’s greatest oratorio and seasonal favourite, Messiah. For this year’s performance, the Scholars are joined once again by NZbAROK, New Zealand’s only professional baroque orchestra, to deliver another highly stylised performance of this work – the way Handel himself would have envisioned it.

When: December 2 from 7.30 pm

Where: St. Mary Immaculate Church 

Further info: Click here


Showcase: Musicals through the years December 2


What: Talented students from STEPS from age 6 – 17 years of age perform a selection of musical numbers.

When: December 2, 2 – 7 pm

Where: Graham Young Theatre, Boys College Tauranga


Concert: Sammy J Live at Totara St December 2


The Sleepwalker Tour is going LIVE right here in AOTEAROA! Sammy J is a New Zealand reggae star with a voice sure to capture your attention.

When: December 2 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Trustpower Christmas Parade – Downtown Tauranga December 2


The Trustpower Christmas Parade comes back to Tauranga this year. After last years huge success with over 20.000 people flodding the streets of Downtown Tauranga we get to enjoy a spectacle of costume, music, dance, large festive floats and SANTA again this Saturday.

When: December 2 from 11 am

Where: The parade will start at the top of Devonport Road, finishing on The Strand at the bottom of Harrington Street


Concert: Oriana Singers – Almost Christmas and anything goes December 2 & 3


Under the baton of guest Musical Director Jess Bradley and talented accompanist Leon Gray, the programme includes a nicely- blended selection of popular songs and carlos designed to make the audience smile and want to sing along.

When: December 2 and 3 from 2.30 pm

Where: St Andrew’s Church (2.12.) and Otumoetai Baptist Church (3.12.)

Further info: Click here


Workshop: Stone Sculpture with Rex O’Brien December 2 & 3


Learn the basics like how to use tools to shape stone with award winning and experienced tutor and artist Rex O’Brien and create and design your own 3D sculpture.

When: December 2 – 3, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: The Incubator Artery

Further info and bookings: Click here


Workshop: Roreka – Taonga Puoro Wanaga December 3


This workshop will introduce taonga puoro, a traditional Maori musical instruments.
You will learn about the instrument names, gods, guardians and genealogy associated with the numerous instruments, construction techniques and protocols surrounding their appropriate use embellished with demonstrations. You will also make two taonga puoro and learn to play them.

When: December 3, 12.30 – 5 pm

Where: The Incubator Creative Hub

Further info: Click here


BOP Film Christmas Party at Astrolabe December 6


Everyone is welcome to join us the BOP Film crew in Nana’s Bar @ Astrolabe to celebrate a busy and successful year for the new regional film office & our local film industry.

When: December 6 from 6 pm

Where: Astrolabe, Mt Maunganui

Further info: Click here


Showcase: The Beauty and the Beast at Baycourt November 4 & 5


Beauty & the Beast will showcase the diverse work of local choreographers and 150 dancers from The Urban Dance Studios training out of Tauranga and Arataki.

Presented by: Urban Dance Youth Trust

When: December 4 & 5, 6 pm

Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre 

Further info and tickets: Click here


Tauranga Art Gallery: After in the afternoon with Sam Eva December 6


What: Art in the Afternoon is a platform for Friends to hear from local artists and others engaged in the arts community. Come and hear from Sam Eva about her study and her work. 

When: December 6 from 3 pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery


Concert: The Danberrys at Katikati Folk Club December 6


Described as “a rhythmically seductive and emotionally connecting band” The Danberrys are led by Tennessee-born couple of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel – a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, Tennessee.

When: December 6 from 7.30 pm

Where: Katikati Folk Club at the Bowling Club, 8 Park Road

Further info: Click here


Concert: Pseudo Echo at Totara Street December 7


Pseudo Echo (Australia) bring pop classics like Funky Town, A Beat For You, Listening, and many more.
Kiwi favourites The Narcs fans will lap up their radio smashes like Heart And Soul, Diamonds On China, and No Turning Back.
With a massive 10 New Zealand top 40 hits between Pseudo Echo and The Narcs, these are unmissable shows for all 80s fans.

When: December 7 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Showcase: Page to Stage presented by KJ Studios December 8 & 9


Modern choreography teamed with creativity and storytelling will make for an incredible show when KJ Studios brings the written word to life in Page to Stage!

When: December 8 from 6.30 pm and December 9, 11.30 am – 6.30 pm

Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Reggae by the Mount at Totara Street December 8


International and New Zealand best Reggae Roots Dancehall bands sharing the stage at Totara St.

When: December 8 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Workshop: Life Drawing with Graham Crow


At this one day taster class, learn techniques to portray the human figure, and how to give life and personality to your drawings with acclaimed artist Graham Crow.

When: December 9 from 10 am – 3 pm

Where: The Incubator Artery

Further info: Click here


End Of Year Student Concert at Totara Street December 10


Come and enjoy some of the Bays hottest young talent performing a free show for their community! These shows always go off with a bang. Hosted by local legend Nick Ririnui, there is action from the awesome drama students, choir, solo artists, and full band line ups. 

When: December 10 from 4 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Click here


Christmas Carols on the Waterfront December 10


Christmas is just around the corner!

The annual Carols on the Waterfront event returns this year to the city centre. Everyone is welcome at this free family friendly event where we will celebrate the festive season, singing everyone’s favourite Christmas Carols!

Everyone is invited to dress up as shepherds or angels and follow Mary and Joseph on a donkey from No.1 The Strand to The Edgewater Fan, where the Chorus will be set up.

When: December 10, 5.30 – 8 pm

Where: Tauranga Waterfront


Country Rock Christmas with Kevin Greaves & James Ray December 10


Have yourself a Country Rock Christmas with multi award winning stars!

When: December 10 from 5pm

Where: Tauranga Citz Club

Tickets: $ 15 at Reception


Auditions: The Perfect Murder at 16th Ave Theatre December 10


The Perfect Murder is a highly entertaining dark comedy, written by Peter James and directed by Melissa Osgood and might just leave you sleeping with one eye open!

When: December 10 from 1 pm

Where: 16th Ave Theatre

Further info: Click here


Tauranga Civic Choir – Afternoon of Carols at the Tauranga Art Gallery December 16


The Tauranga Civic Choir will be presenting a one-hour programme of Christmas carols at  the Tauranga Art Gallery.

When: December 10 from 2 pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery


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