A thank you from Taranaki Arts Festival Director Megan Brown

Kia ora koutou, I’m Megan Brown, the Artistic Director for Taranaki Arts Festival. What I love about the arts, whether reading a book, attending a play or an exhibition – is the response it creates. How it inspires us, what we can learn, and how we can act in response to what we see or […]

Jared Savage takes the stand for SPEAKEASY Writers Fest

New Zealand is now one of the most lucrative illicit drug markets globally. Over the past 20 years, the dealers have graduated from motorcycle gangs to Asian crime syndicates and now the most dangerous drug lords in the world – the Mexican cartels. Jared Savage is an award-winning investigative reporter at the New Zealand Herald. […]

Cultural vibrancy and why arts matter here in Taranaki

Rebecca Johnson (TAFT Marketing Communications Manager) talked to Bryan Vickery about the importance of cultural vibrancy and how lucky and privileged Taranaki is to have the key ingredients (infrastructure, sponsors, supportive councils, creative visionary people…. the list goes on) that ensure that culture and events flourish in our province. TAFT has presented over 60 festivals […]

WOMAD NZ 2022 CANCELLED

WOMAD NZ wants to thank everyone for being patient and understanding while we’ve worked through all our options to safely present the festival in March.  With deep sadness, we are announcing WOMAD NZ is no longer going ahead for 2022. We all had great expectations of bringing the festival back to Taranaki after disruptions due […]

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 […]