About Us

Vibrant and rich with story, rugged, soulful and deep, Te Tairāwhiti is home to the creativity of many – past, present and those yet to flourish.

Between October 4 and 20, In this our first festival, we celebrate artists and connections to place while welcoming the world.

Artists create worlds of wonder, provocation and poignance which remind us of the importance of story. They shine light into dark places and provide commentary on the difficult and challenging times. They also lead us into spaces for reflection, create moments of joy and uplift us.

From Raukōkore to Rangitukia, Manutuke to Muriwai, Tikitiki to Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa /Gisborne, our region is alive with theatre, music, dance, whakairo, taonga, light and sound.

We welcome you to
the inaugural
Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival.