Coming Up: It’s the weekend!

 It’s the weekend!    So much going on.  The Affordable Art & Artisan Fair is this week – we put out the signs last Monday!

It’s an auspicious day (another one) for the Incubator with the launch of The People’s Gallery at the Historic Village.  November 25 sees the official launch and opening of the People’s  Gallery art space.   I was down at the Incubator when they were unpacking some of the exhibits for the exhibition – don’t miss it.  

And don’t miss the ARTbop – Black Sheep inaugural Affordable Art & Artisan Fair this Sunday 26th November – corner of SH2 and Pummer’s Point Road, Whakamarama.   Should be fun!  And if you’re out our way today Friday or tomorrow Saturday or Monday – check out Eye & Behold at 26 Plummer’s Point Road.   Also wonderful local creativity and style.

The hands and baton of Bay of Plenty Symphonia Conductor Justus Rozemond: in concert this Sunday in Tauranga (see the promotional piece below)

Katikati artist and ARTbop contributor Birgitt Shannon one of the team driving the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at the Black Sheep, Whakamarama

Birgitt Shannon paints the signs!


This Saturday marks the official rebirth of the Forrester’s Hall in the Historic Village. The Hall was originally opened by the Tauranga City Mayor 109 years ago and will be re-opened as The Incubator Creative Hub’s new gallery The People’s Gallery – Toi ka rere.

When: November 25 from 4 pm

Where: The People’s Gallery, Historic Village Tauranga

Further info: Click here


Swan Lake Scenes by Yesdance November 25


The Yvonne Edwards School of Dance is presenting a family friendly adaptation of scenes from the quintessential ballet Swan Lake to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky.

When: November 25, 2 – 3.30 pm

Where: Graham Young Youth Theatre, Boys College Tauranga

Further info: Click here


Showcase: 10 years Rise and Dance November 25


See students of all ages display their love of dance through various styles – jazz, hip hop, acro and contemporary.

When: November 25, from 10 am 

Where: Baycourt Addison Theatre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Workshop: Oil Painting with Nemesh November 25 – 27


You will learn how to express yourself with oil colors and find your unique style.

When: November 25, 26 and 27, 11 am – 5 pm

Where: The Art Lounge 

Further info: Click here


Workshop: Beginners Leather Craft with Dave Mangino November 25


Learn the basics of this dying art form. Make a belt or a dog lead or a bracelet in the old Australian stockman/bushman style, eliminating all hardware.

When: November 25

Where: The Incubator Artery

Further info and booking: Click here


Concert: Heavy Metal Ninjas at Totara St November 25


The way of the Ninja is guided by the Bujinkan Code – the code states “Pain creates movement, and movement controls balance”.

New Zealand’s own Heavy Metal Ninja’s are bringing the pain again in November.

When: November 25 from 8 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


Workshop: West African Songs, Drumming & Dance with Koffie Fugal November 25


Robert Koffie Fugah is a professional African drumming and dance instructor and performer. He grew up in Ghana where traditional music and dance is part of the daily lives. Koffie under took professional African dance and drumming training in Accra, the capital of Ghana and taught African dance and drumming for about 15 years in schools and to expatriates both in Ghana and abroad.

Since making New Zealand his home in August 2013 he has been very busy working locally in Otago and supporting drumming groups and running workshops around New Zealand. 

When: November 25, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

Where: Bethlehem Hall

Further info and booking: Click here


Concert: Handel’s Messiah by the University of Waikato November 25


The University of Waikato’s Rachael Griffiths-Hughes will present a short lecture on the history of Messiah and will then be joined by Lara Hall, violin and Martin Griffiths, cello and 4 young soloists from the University for a performance of excerpts from that manuscript, which will be on display.

When: November 25, 3 – 4.30 pm and 7 – 8.30 pm

Where: St Paul’s Presbyterian Church

Further info and tickets: Click here


Affordable Art and Artisan Fair November 26


ARTbop, Tauranga’s arts news, reviews and events online magazine, and The Black Sheep Bar & Grill have gotten together to create the ‘Affordable Art & Artisan Fair’ which will take place on the last Sunday of every month (excluding December).

There will be everything from paintings to clothing, woodwork to jewellery, even books written by local authors, and much more.

When: November 26, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: The Black Sheep Bar & Grill, Cnr Plummers Point Rd & SH2, Whakamarama

Further info: If you are a creative who would like to be a part of this wonderful fair email your details including your website to Birgitt at


Concert: Russian Rendezvous with Flavio Villani at Baycourt November 26


Bay of Plenty Symphonia meets the Taranaki Symphony Orchestra in a grand all-Russian concert. The two community orchestras will join forces to create a large ensemble, playing some of the most magnificent music in the repertoire.

When: November 26 from 2 pm

Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Concert: Advent Procession by The Scholars Pro Musica November 26


Take a little time out to prepare for Christmas with this famous service from King’s College, Cambridge University. Listen to beautiful choral works performed by the Scholars Pro Musica, Tauranga’s premier chamber choir and enjoy hearing and singing your favourite seasonal hymns!

When: November 26, 7 – 8.30 pm

Where: St. Peters Anglican Church

Further info: Click here


Concert: Caitriona Fallon at Totara St November 26


“The song that blew everyone away” is how ‘The Breeze’ radio station described Caitriona Fallon’s recent performance of “Run” in Tarnished Frocks and Divas show “Zoetica” at ASB Arena.

With a soulful voice that can whisper purely and then hit you with power and passion, Caitriona will bring you original songs and music from Nina Simone, Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Eva Cassidy and Imelda May.

When: November 26 from 7 pm

Where: Totara St, Mt Maunganui

Further info and tickets: Click here


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


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


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


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


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


Exhibition: Human Era at Zeus Gallery November 18 – December 9


Human Era is a group show, curated by Laree Payne, showcasing the work of Waikato based artists Craig McClure, Jacob Sparrow, Ali Selliman and Claudia Latisnere. The exhibition displays recent drawings, paintings and photographs by the four artists and installation.

Everyone is invited to come to the opening night on Saturday, 18 November from 5.30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided alongside the opportunity to meet the artists. 

When: November 18 – December 9

Where: Zeus Gallery

Further info: Click here


Exhibition: Waves by Paul Foote at Creating Waves


What: Exhibition of large acrylic originals by Tauranga based artist Paul Foote. Prints of Paul’s originals will also be available. 

Opening: November 17, from 5 pm
All art enthusiasts and friends are welcome to attend.  Have a glass of wine and nibbles and enjoy live music by Paul’s lovely daughter, Alicesea.

When: November 17 – December 1

Where: Creating Waves, The Cruise Deck, Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Click here


Exit Laughing at Detour Theatre November 15 – December 2


What: When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?
You do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives!

When: November 15 – December 2, 7.30 pm

Where: Detour Theatre Tauranga

Further info and tickets: Click here


Shortfilm: Live Your Life with Passion by Mark Sandoval November 14


What: Mark Sandoval is a Tauranga based filmmaker whose film project of Mount Maunganui was watched more than 500k times. With 2017 ending he wanted to do one more local non profit project. This time he focused on inspiring, motivating and encouraging everyone to follow their dreams, goals and ambitions in life. 

Life your Life with Passion is a 5-6 minute long shortfilm and will be released on Tuesday, November 14 on Mark´s Facebook-Page and Youtube-Channel. Make sure to support this local talent, watch his film and share it with your friends!

Release date: November 14

Where: Facebook and Youtube


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