About Us

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival has at its heart the artists and audiences of Te Tairawhiti - exploring, exposing and celebrating the wonderful creativity of this place.

Last year, we kicked off with three weeks of world class performing arts. In 2020, we’re excited about the role the arts, and our festival, will play in reconnecting our community as we emerge from the isolation of lockdown - connecting local artists with audiences, providing platforms for stories that need to be told, creating spaces that uplift our community, and curating moments packed with positivity and joy.

Our priority, this year, is to develop a programme everyone can get involved in, that extends the time you spend with the arts, digs deeper in to our local kōrero, and that celebrates the rich imaginations of our people.



At Alert Level 1 (from midnight Sunday), the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and transmission in New Zealand is very low. While movement around the country, and most other restrictions and legal requirements on businesses, services and individuals have been relaxed, COVID-19 is still uncontrolled overseas so we must continue to be vigilant. By adopting good public health practices Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival supports our defence against the virus re-emerging.

Te Tairāwhiti arts Festival will adhere to the Events Sector Voluntary Code, which outlines what the events sector can do to safely deliver events by following best practice expectations, which are based on Ministry of Health guidance to reduce COVID-19 related risks.

As a festival attendee you can expect:
• Indoor venues seated at standard capacities.
• Outdoor venues providing plenty of space to engage but maintain comfortable levels of distance.
• Excellent standards of hygiene at all venues, including regular cleaning regimes, handwashing and / or sanitising facilities.
• Access to the NZ COVID Tracer app for those who wish to register their attendance (advisable for all our outdoor and non-ticketed events).

We also ask that all festival attendees adhere to Level 1 guidelines:
1. If you’re sick, please stay home.
2. Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
3. When out, think about good hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) and dry thoroughly. Use an alcohol-based sanitiser and rub hands together if soap and water is unavailable.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues. Put them in a bin immediately.
  • Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. Surfaces may have infectious droplet

Should this level change, please check back here for a festival response.
To find out more about Covid 19 management you may also refer to the Ministry of Health website.