Coming Up: unique Christmas trees down on the Strand, Tauranga

 Sharing with you the Creative Bay of Plenty compiled list of events, performances and great good times happening in and around Tauranga this week.     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!   

Check out the Christmas-appropriate recipe we’ve just published on ARTbop in an artist’s gotta eat!  The Cottleston Gallery cheeseball….famous in the Bay of Plenty!

Perfect for Christmas: the Cottleston Gallery cheese ball – famous in the Bay of Plenty!

ARTbop hopes that the territorial authorities in adopting the Arts and Culture Strategy realise that this is just the beginning – not the end of the process.   To ensure that the strategy succeeds it will require “more” not “less” or “no more” funding.   This is the plan:  next is the process!





PRESS RELEASE: Arts and Culture Strategy adopted by both Councils


The Arts & Culture Strategy Toi Moana has been formally adopted by Tauranga City Council and adopted in principle by Western Bay of Plenty District Council*. Developed over the past year, the strategy process was initiated by the community and overseen by a cross-sector steering group.
During mid-November, Creative Bay of Plenty (CBOP) presented at respective Council Community Committee meetings, at which both agreed to adopt the strategy to replace the 2013 Smart Arts Strategy. It was recognised that to grow in a transformational and sustainable way a revised plan needed to be in place.
To implement Toi Moana, CBOP will lead 14 cross-sector agencies that include local government, iwi, Tourism Bay of Plenty, the Incubator, Toi Ohomai and Priority One. Together they will deliver on 31 identified actions over the next three years starting July 2018.
CBOP has also asked to include its submission in both Council’s Long Term Plans to resource their actions and to oversee and support the other lead agencies on all remaining actions. Public consultation on the respective Long Term Plans will commence in March 2018.
The adoption of the Arts & Culture Strategy is a significant milestone for CBOP who managed extensive consultation with the local creative sector over the past 12 months.
“We are delighted to have come this far and congratulate the sector and the Tauranga and Western Bay communities on completing what was truly a community led and engaged project that will now be community delivered,” says Michelle Whitmore, Chair of CBOP.
“Over 1000 people contributed to the strategy development which is the same number as Melbourne’s arts strategy, a significantly larger and truly aspirational cultural city of excellence.”
The ambitious strategy provides a framework for arts and cultural events and initiatives in the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga regions. Sonya Korohina, Chair of the Steering Group says “I am delighted with the outcome. Creative expression enables us as a community to share our stories, which in return shapes our culture and identity. Through adopting the strategy, we are prioritising not only economic growth, but human capital – community health and wellbeing.”
Please refer to our website for a copy of the strategy and for further updates as known.
*subject to decisions made in terms of funding and actions being determined via the Long Term Plan process


Interview with Emily Macklow, Tutor of Sing! Sing! Sing!


Check out our new interview with Emily Macklow, Tutor of Sing! Sing! Sing!


Calling The People!


The People’s Gallery has now officially opened!
In conjunction with Creative Bay of Plenty, The Incubator Creative Hub are developing a Western Bay of Plenty regional database for those interested in opportunities at The People’s Gallery to…

• Propose, submit exhibit their work
• Pop up exhibition space
• Community and collective exhibitions
• Creative workshop / event space

This opportunity is for the people. The Incubator ‘People’s Gallery’ as a venue, aims to provide an important and exciting visual platform in which Community Groups within the Bay of Plenty Region can display and promote their diverse range of creative talents.

Please take two minutes to fill out the contact form


Call for Creatives: Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival November 2018


Keen to add your creative flair to the Garden & Art Festival line-up? The festival team for the next Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival has put a call out for those with creative flair that would like to be involved to get in touch. No matter what artistic medium you work in, the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival wants to hear from you. Festival director, Marc Anderson, says the festival provides artists with the ideal opportunity to exhibit and a high number of art stops will be part of the festival journey. “Festival goers will get to see artists exhibiting in outdoor green galleries, and in some cases, in their private studios,” he says.

When: 15 – 18 November 2018

Further questions or interested?: Contact Marc on (07) 570 2525 or email on


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


Beauty and 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


Showcase: Junior Arts Promenade, Katikati December 6


What: Musicians, dramatic performances, animated movies, paintings, printmaking and sculptures produced by Year 9 & 10 Arts’ Students 2017. Come along, bring a picnic or something to put on the BBQ. Soak in the plethora of sights and sounds from the creative students.

When: December 6, 5.30 – 7.00 pm 

Where: Katikati College, 33 Beach Road Katikati

Further info: There will be art for sale. All proceeds go towards equipment for the moving image and animation studio. 


BOP Film Christmas Party at Astrolabe December 6


Everyone is welcome to join 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


Tauranga Art Gallery: Art 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


Operatunity Presents: Have yourself a merry little Christmas December 8


Music conjures up both the magic and madness of Christmas. Operatunity presents much loved Christmas favourites, both old and new as their show is filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas.

When: December 8 from 11 am

Where: Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Road

Further info and booking: 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


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


Workshop: Life Drawing with Graham Crow December 9


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


Papamoa Arts and Craft Market December 9 & 16


A new Market in the Hub of Papamoa, based in the Papamoa library with lots of busyness all around. Come down and check out the amazing Arts and Crafts from all around the region and many other things.

When: December 9 and 16, 10 am – 3 pm

Where: Papamoa Community Centre

Further info: For questions and other queries contact Carolynn on 022 120 1771, 022 396 9769 or via email at


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


Showcase: Never Forgotten by Precision Dance December 10


Join Precision Dance for their awesome annual concert and be entertained by dancers of all ages! Showcasing many talented dancers in a variety of different styles and songs.

Suitable for the whole family, there is something for everyone!

When: December 10 from 5 pm

Where: Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Tauranga Civic Choir – Afternoon of Carols at the Tauranga Art Gallery December 10


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 

Further info: Click here


Concert: The Original Wailers feat. Al Anderson at Totara St December 12


Join The Original Wailers as they carry on Marley’s message of  love and unity and perform ‘LEGEND’, an experience which will no doubt have the audience singing along, clapping hands and smiles beaming.

When: December 12, doors open at 7.30 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Concert: Shayne P. Carter at Totara St. December 14


Shayne will be performing songs from across his entire back catalogue featuring songs he wrote and performed in such bands as Dimmer, Straitjacket Fits, Doublehappys and Bored Games as well as last years Taite Prize finalist solo album “Offsider”. He is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated musicians having first emerged in the initial wave of Flying Nun “Dunedin Sound” bands in the 1980s.

When: December 14 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt. Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Street Prints Mauao December 14 – 18


Street Prints is the imagery of leaving creative footprints in the Street. PAINT presents Street Prints Mauao, bought to you by TECT and Powerco. A community led project and initiative to inspire and uplift our rangatahi and people of Tauranga.

18 International and National Artists will paint beautiful murals in downtown Mt Maunganui based on our theme.

When: December 14 – 18

Where: Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Check out their event on Facebook


Showcase: The busiest 24 hrs of your life by The Dance Education Centre December 15 – 16


An entertaining performance of Tauranga’s finest young dancers. 24 Hours of action packed entertainment. A super dance variety concert.

December 15 from 6.30 pm
December 16 from 1 pm and 7 pm 

Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre

Further info and booking: Click here


A Night Before Christmas December 16


Once again over 10,000 people will come together to enjoy a festive variety of live music, dance, carols, and a massive fireworks display as this year’s event looks set to be another stunner.

Bring a picnic dinner, grab a bite from our amazing food trucks, take a photo at a photo booth, or maybe a selfie with one of the roving Christmas characters, and enjoy the picturesque grounds of the Bethlehem College Sports Fields.

When: December 16 from 5 pm

Where: Bethlehem College Sports Field 

Further info: Click here


Showcase: The Book of Life by Kaleidoscope Dance Studio & Liberty Dance Studio December 16


Story: The Book of Life is the joyful, colourful and heart-warming story of Manolo who was born to fight the Bull but really wanted to sing. It’s about chasing your dream and becoming who you are meant to be.

When: December 16 from 3 pm

Where: Katikati Memorial Hall 


Downtown Tauranga presents Santas Wonderland December 4 – 23


Santa’s Wonderland – The Christmas Exhibition is open now in Goddard’s Centre!

Created by Goddard’s Centre and Downtown Tauranga, Santa’s Wonderland promises a veritable feast of all things Christmas. The exhibition features Reindeer, Christmas Displays, Digital displays, Christmas craft making for children, local artwork, Santa will be there and there’s even snow and snowballs! There truly is something for everyone. On some days there will be some market vendors in the display selling beautiful handmade soaps, bath bombs and candles and delicious hand-made truffles.

When: December 4 – 23, daily from 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Goddards Centre, Downtown Tauranga

Further info: Santa will be there on Saturday’s 11.30 am – 2 pm and daily in the week leading up to Christmas. For more visit Downtown Tauranga’s website. Entry is free.


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


Can’t find that eye-catching, large, original painting for your special feature wall! Members of the Katikati Art Group are showing their unique collection of large paitnings in their 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


Exhibition: Inc.Print Combined Pre-Christmas Exhibition from November 30


When: from November 30, daily 10 am – 3 pm

Where: The Incubator Gallery


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


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


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


‘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


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