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Arts thrive here

TAFT is dynamic, modern and iconic, our hand is on the pulse of cutting-edge creative energy.

Here at the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust, we’ve been enriching the lives of our people since 1991. We’re proud to present some of the best, world-class festivals and events right here in Taranaki, New Zealand.

Womad, the Taranaki Garden Festival, Tropfest, Kinetika and the hugely successful Taranaki Arts Festival have brought together people, performers and the community and have become part of the fabric of Taranaki life.

Where it all began

TAFT presented it’s first festival in March 1991.

A first of its kind, the Taranaki Arts Festival attracted considerable national attention and generated extraordinary enthusiasm locally.

Taranaki was set alight with world-class entertainment, feeding people’s appetite for the cultural ‘stuff’. It was an unprecedented success.

The festival showed that arts and live performances could become a major catalyst for encouraging tourism within the region, stimulating the city, businesses, and people ignited by the 150 shows and 500 artists curated into the programme.

You can browse our archive of festivals, shows, photos and videos here:

Right Royal Cabaret Fest 2021

Make your way to the Cabaret is Winter!

This winter, New Zealand’s leading cabaret artists, comedians, authors, acclaimed guest speakers, and performers will turn up the heat in Taranaki, where arts thrive!

The Right Royal Cabaret Fest and Festival of Words dual festivals are four days and nights, packed with performances highlighting the calibre of talent here in New Zealand. With quirky comedy, awe-inspiring circus theatre, readers and writers’ workshops, wining, dining, and joie de vivre, plenty of soup for the soul with a flavour for everyone.

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Enriching your social feed with festival inspo!

2021 Right Royal Cabaret Fest is four nights, packed with performances that highlight the allure, the glamour, and the thrill of live cabaret.

The Right Royal Cabaret Festival will turn up the heat in Taranaki, banish the winter blues and give you a cabaret festival like no other!

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