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 […]

The Kiwi author Hollywood moviemakers can’t get enough of.

Christine Leunens was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to an Italian mother and a Belgian father. As a teenager, she moved to Paris, where she had a close relationship with her grandfather, Guillaume Leunens, the Flemish painter and sculptor. She funded her study and early writing by modelling in Europe. Her novels have been translated into […]

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 […]

RESET Postponed till 2022

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust regrets to advise our audiences and our community that we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our RESET festival for 2021.   With the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot proceed with RESET as planned. Many factors have contributed to this heartbreaking decision. While we support and […]

Arts matter, now more than ever!

RESET Festival is preparing to give the region a much-needed breath of fresh cultural air when it returns at the end of the year. For 30 years, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust(TAFT) has been brave in presenting festivals continuously in times of uncertainty. With the launch of RESET Festival, featuring 18 individual shows, 81  artists […]

Artist Expressions of Interest for 2022 are now open!

Presented by TAFT, the Taranaki Arts Festival launched in March 1991 as a biennial international arts festival. Over the years, the festival has hosted the likes of Russia’s delightful Slava’s SnowShow, Montreal’s explosive Traces, the world premiere of opera The Prodigal Child, Dame Malvina Major, the Topp Twins, Footnote Dance Company, and the list goes […]