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 dual four-day festival programme, 29 July – 01 August, with some of New Zealand’s leading cabaret artists, authors, acclaimed guest speakers, and performers.
Audiences will be able to experience the allure, the glamour, and the thrill of live cabaret performances by night, and a showcase of writing workshops, poetry readings, comedy and kōrero at venues right across the district during the readers and writers festival.
Suzanne Porter, Taranaki Arts Festival Trust CE, thinks this a match made in entertainment heaven.
“The collaboration with NPDC will turn hibernation on its head this winter. New Plymouth will be thriving with entertainment, cabaret, hilarious comedy, readers and writers’ workshops, musical theatre, dancing, wining, dining, and joie de vivre. People will shake off winter chills and warm up with four exhilarating days and nights worth of free and paid events for all ages to enjoy,” Porter says.
The Right Royal Cabaret Fest and Festival of Words joint delivery of programmes will highlight Taranaki’s role in the proliferation of literature, arts, and cultural events within Aotearoa.
Libraries Manager Dyane Hosler believes the collaboration will hugely benefit New Plymouth and the wider region, connecting our community and the opportunities that come from discovering the world of words and live cabaret.
“TAFT and Puke Ariki both have enthusiastic and talented staff who have worked together to develop fantastic festival weekend which will delight not only the New Plymouth District but will also draw people to the region,” Hosler says.
“We want Festival of Words to be accessible to as many people as possible and be a reminder that NPDC’s libraries are all about connection with our community and the opportunities that come from discovering the world of words,” Hosler says.
The Right Royal Cabaret Festival, presented by TAFT, and brought to you by Tandem Group Chartered Accountants, will be the 20th arts festival presented by TAFT, which will celebrate its 30th year of bringing world-class festival experiences to Taranaki.
Porter says, “TAFT, since 1991, has presented over 60 festivals, 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. We’re incredibly proud of that.”
“We could not have thrived without the support of all our sponsors and patrons along the way,” she says.
Naming partners of the Right Royal Cabaret Fest, Tandem Group are proud to continue to support TAFT.
“We are delighted to be a part of this festival and to support the very hardworking people who deliver these events. These festivals are helping to reignite the vibrancy of our community. After a year or so of lockdowns, postponements and cancellations, Taranaki has been able to continue to thrive and entertain not just locals but people from all over New Zealand,” says Dion Herlihy, Director of Tandem Group.
Both Porter and Holser agree that people will be excited to have something to look forward to coming into winter.
“The feedback we have already received has been extremely positive, and we believe we have created something that will more than meet the expectations of all those who will be looking to attend,” Hosler says.
The dual festival’s programme, line up announcements and tickets will be available from 27 May.
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