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Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival is the Gisborne region's new major festival and flagship contemporary arts and cultural event, taking place for the first time in October this year. The event celebrates what it means to be of Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa.

From 4-20 October 2019, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will deliver more than 70 exceptional live events by over 400 performers, from both New Zealand and all over the world.

It is a rich, diverse and thoughtful arts festival which reflects and celebrates the people of Tairāwhiti, and further affirms the region's strong position in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.

With a programme packed full of paid and free events taking places across the region, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will premiere film, theatre, music, kapa haka, dance, story-telling, experiences and fun-for-the-whole-whānau festivities.