Taranaki Arts Festival Trust documentary looks back on 30 years of festivals

  After looking massive loses straight in the eye, New Zealand’s second oldest arts festival trust is celebrating 30 years of putting on shows. And if it wasn’t for Covid-19, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (Taft) probably wouldn’t have had time to properly commemorate the achievement. “We lost the rights to present Womad at the […]

Womad 2022 likely to be all Kiwi lineup

Organisers of New Zealand’s Womad say the three-day festival is moving towards and all Kiwi lineup for 2022. Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (Taft) chief executive Suzanne Porter said there may be a chance artists from Australia and the Cook Islands could be secured if Covid-19 allows, but next year’s lineup would be largely New Zealand […]

A weekend of words, circus and cabaret set to turn up the heat in Taranaki!

With nearly 40 events spread across four days and nights, New Plymouth will generate a buzz around Taranaki and further afield this winter as the region lives up to its reputation as a festival province like no other between 29 July and 1 August. The collaboration between the Right Royal Cabaret Fest and Festival of […]

Welcome back WOMAD NZ!

WOMAD, the world’s festival, is delighted that following New Plymouth District Council’s announcement of a host city agreement with WOMAD International, New Zealand’s premier international festival will return to its home of the last 18 years in the stunning Brooklands Park in Taranaki in 2022.   After a year off in 2021 due to the […]

Dual festival line up will be soup for the soul this Winter

Taranaki is shaping up to be a festival province like no other this winter and is the place to be for anyone looking for a heady cultural and literary fix. 2021 Right Royal Cabaret Fest and Puke Ariki’s Festival of Words will turn up the heat in Taranaki with live shows and events over a […]

Arts Trail and Garden Festival to combine again in 2021

The Taranaki Garden Festival and Taranaki Arts Trail will combine again next year, after this year’s joint events proved to be a roaring success. Normally the arts trail is held in June but due to Covid-19 it had to be postponed, which led to the collaboration with the garden festival. Taranaki Arts Trail chairwoman Heidi […]