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Kia Ora & Welcome

Welcome to Auckland Arts Festival - Nāu mai haere mai ki Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Auckland Arts Festival is Auckland's premier festival of New Zealand and international arts. The globally-recognised event celebrates people and culture, and showcases the cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand's largest city.

Everything is Ka Pai

Everything is Ka Pai, 2013 Auckland Arts Festival

Since the inaugural event in 2003, the Auckland Arts Festival has welcomed over a million attendees. Held in March over 19 days, the sixth biennial Festival in 2013 shattered attendance records, successfully engaging new, larger and more diverse audiences. It offered irreplaceable experiences for both audiences and artists, and reached more than 180,000 people.
 
The Festival truly gained momentum and recognition, and cemented its place on Auckland's major events calendar and on the national arts landscape. It recognised and celebrated our diverse cultural heritage reflecting Auckland's unique character and identity, playing a major part in delivering to Auckland's aspirations to be one of the world's most liveable city.

David Inns, Carla van Zon and Victoria Carter

A message from David, Carla and Victoria....

A festival is a moment in time that will never happen again. It is a celebration and an occasion to come together as a community to share in the spirit and creativity of many artists.

The Auckland Arts Festival is unique; offering a very specific cultural moment that could only happen here in Tāmaki Makaurau, with artists from here and around the motu, as well as the world beyond. They speak about their place, their history, their ideas and their future - and ours.  At Auckland Arts Festival they share this with all of us.

Thanks to the many artists involved. Your heart and courage to make work; work that stretches our imaginations, challenges us to think, makes us laugh and brings us to tears is the most important gift that you can offer us all.

Thank you to all the funders, sponsors, patrons and supporters whose generosity lets us bring the work of great artists to audiences across this wonderful city of ours.

Homai te paki paki and a huge cheer for Auckland Council whose support enables this Festival to happen, and to Creative New Zealand for their investment in New Zealand work.

Put the dates in your diary: 4 - 22 March 2015 when the next Auckland Arts Festival is going to be in town.

Carla van Zon, Artistic Director
David Inns, Chief Executive
Victoria Carter, Chair