Some Queen’s Birthday and June Highlights!

escape! to Tauranga this 2016 Queen's Birthday Weekend!

escape! to Tauranga this 2016 Queen’s Birthday Weekend!

escape! the little festival with big ideas

Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Tauranga? Friday 3 June to Monday 6 June 2016 is all about fun, performance, events, big ideas, literature and the cool: performance poetry and the first Zinefest.

The little green book with the great big exclamation mark has it all. Starting on

Friday 3 June

X-Space Baycourt 1-2pm + post-show talk for schools

No Holds Bard: Michael Hurst. In a nutshell what Hamlet does after that show.

X-Space Baycourt 5.30-6.30pm

Marvellous Microbes: Siouxsie Wiles that out-there pink-haired scientist, Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.

Baycourt foyer 8pm-9pm

Panhandlers: Callum Gentleman & Joel Vinsen, performance poetry

Words and music blur. Words from a whisper to a bellow and beautiful melodies

Saturday 4 June

The Terraces Baycourt


Young at Art: Donovan Bixley award winning author and illustrator (limited to 25 places) offers children aged 7 and 11 years and activity based session

Saturday 4 June


Somerset Cottage, Bethlehem

Peter Gordon: Cooking Demonstration (limited to 30 places) The king of fusion food demonstates some of the flavours and techniques that have won him a world-wide following.

Saturday 4 June

10am – 2pm

Tauranga Art Gallery, Zinefest. An open invitation to artists, writers, poets, creatives, hipsters, cat lovers, teachers, punk rockers, musos and cool kids! You are all warmly welcome to take part in this amazing event.

Saturday 4 June


Addison Stage, Baycourt

Wright Family Foundation Human Library

People Matter, everyday Kiwis with a story to tell, television campaign.

Saturday 4 June

X-Space Baycourt


Much Ado: Donovan Bixley, Mark Houlahan, Michael Hurst with Moderator Rod Oram

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.


My Culinary Journey: Peter Gordon in a conversation led by broadcaster Jesse Mulligan

1 – 2pm

Media Matters: Steve Braunias, Rod Oram, Aimie Cronin discuss the state of the media.

2.30 -3.30pm

Under Review: Steve Braunias, Jessie Mulligan. Who reads reviews?

4 – 5-20pm

Don’t Mention the Flag!

Rod Oram, Awanui Black, Margaret Wilson, Charlie McDermott with Moderator Rod Vaughan Are we waving or drowning?

7.30 – 8.30pm

No Holds Bard: Michael Hurst. In a nutshell what Hamlet does after that show.

Sunday 5 June

X-Space, Baycourt


True Crime, Steve Braunias and Paul Mabey QC: a discussion

11.30am – 12-30pm

The Antipodeans: Greg McGee’s latest work. Leading the conversation is novelist Nicky Pelligrino

1 – 2pm

Two Worlds Collide: Dame Anne Salmond Historian and Anthropologist

2.30 – 3.30pm

Let There be Light: Siouxsie Wiles in discussion with NZ Herald Science Reporter Jamie Morton: why scientists need to make their work easily understood and the challenges in getting the truth out there.

4 – 5pm

The Great Escape! Greg McGee, Nicky Pelligrino and other leading NZ writers and communicators explore the session theme.

Monday 6 June

The Terraces, Baycourt

Travel Writing Workshop (limited to 12 places) Steve Braunias award winning travel writer and a former editor-in-residence at the Wintec School of Journalism.

Monday 6 June

Addison Stage, Baycourt

Nicky Pelligrino and a morning tea literary event catered by Spongedrop Cakery with an Italian flavour.

Escape! Is a Tauranga Arts Festival Trust event with major sponsorship from TECT and other community and business sponsors with Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Creative Communities and The Incubator.

The escape! Team is: Director Claire Mabey with Sandra Simpson, Jo Bond, Donella Jones Design, Blackpepper Website Design and Baycourt Venue Partner.

You can follow escape! On facebook

twitter and instagram @taurangafestival

Tickets? Ticketek outlets nationwide or or 0800 848 538

Baycourt Theatre: 38 Durham Street, Tauranga.

Monday-Friday 8.45am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 1pm

Whitianga the place to be QB Weekend 2016

Whitianga the place to be QB Weekend 2016


Mercury Bay Music Festival Concert Programme  We have set up a ** Twitter  handle to share up to date news and to be part of the vibe on the weekend. Please follow us on ** @MBMusicFest and share your experience, using #MBMusicFest as your hashtag so we can join in.

We are pleased to deliver your copy of the final Mercury Bay Music Festival Programme. While last minute changes are always possible due to situations out of our control, you can use this as your central planning tool.

A weekend ticket buys you free-range access to all of the venues, from Friday night at 7pm through Sunday night at around 11.30pm. This means you can move between venues to catch your favourite acts.

Ticket holders must present their tickets at the Festival Headquarters at Ray White Auction House, 22 Monk Street and exchange it for a wristband, which will gain them access to all concert venues. No entry to events will be possible without a wristband, except Enigma and Crossroads. Festival HQ hours are: Fri 3 June, from 3pm; Sat and Sun from 9am. After 9pm each night Festival HQ will transfer to Whitianga Town Hall (next door).

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Matariki: Our Place, Our Stories 2016

Matariki: Our Place, Our Stories 2016


Tauranga Moana has a programme for Matariki 2016. Our Place, Our Stories from 6 June – 22 July 2016 Find out more at and look for the shiny, morning-star coloured fold-out programmes.


create a piece of art showing your vision for a sustainable future. Entries are open to: intermediate, secondary students and adults within Tauranga and the Western Bay. The challenge runs from Feb 1st – June 11th 2016.

Sustainable Art Challenge 2016

Sustainable Art Challenge 2016

Categories: Up-cycled Junk + Trash to Fash + Photography + Short movies. All entries will be exhibited at Baycourt (1st to 3rd July – gold coin entry). Entrants and the general public will be invited to attend the Sustainable Art Challenge Awards ceremony at Baycourt on Sunday 3rd July. There’ll be a viewing of the top entries for the short movies, the live Trash to Fash show and an auction of the Up-cycled Junk entries (you don’t have to sell it but if you do 40% goes to the Envirohub towards the cost of the 2017 challenge) There will be awesome prizes within each age category to $500.”

And after the season at Baycourt, the will be an exhibition at the Creative Tauranga Gallery, Willow Street, Downtown Tauranga.

Entry forms have to be submitted by June 11 2016 along with a photograph of the Trash to Fash and Upcycled Junk entries. More information on or phone -07 578 6664

TAURANGA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS: annual exhibition, competition and cash & carry sale of art mid-June at the Elizabeth Street Community Centre

Another fabulous cash & carry art sale

Another fabulous cash & carry art sale

Queen's Birthday Weekend 2016

Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2016

For information about the variety of events happening around the Bay of Plenty in June 2016, check out eventfinda, Creative Tauranga or the Tourism Bay of Plenty sites.


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