Enriching our people.

Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) was created as an independent charitable trust in 1991.

Thirty years on and TAFT festivals are part of the fabric of Taranaki life, WOMAD, the Centuria Taranaki Garden Festival, Kinetika and the hugely successful Taranaki Arts Festival have brought together a network of people, performers and world-class events and experiences.

TAFT continues to lead the way to ensure that our people and province is even more alive with the arts than ever!

Festival websites

A list of our current and upcoming festivals.

On this page, you can find information about the people who work at TAFT, how to apply to have your show in one of our festivals, how to subscribe to our newsletters, and where to get information and content for media/PR purposes.

Festival Team

It takes a dedicated and highly creative collection of events professionals to present world-class festivals for their people, the TAFT team have led the way with their wealth of expertise and together deliver festival experiences unlike any other.

Event visionaries, the TAFT team are a fleet of well-healed feet who take great pride in creating memorable and magical experiences.


Taranaki Arts Festival 2024 season

Taranaki Arts Festival in 2024 is looking for fresh ideas, artistic proposals, and performances from any individuals or companies.

Presented by TAFT, the Taranaki Arts Festival launched in March 1991 as a biennial international arts festival. Over the years it 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 on.

In 2019 the traditional biennial festival underwent a contemporary makeover, evolving into four unique festivals. The first festival of its kind in New Zealand to present a series of niche festivals, the new structure has kept Taranaki at the forefront of the arts scene, and more alive with the arts than ever.

If you think you have an act or work that fits the festival’s vision to be a world-class, dynamic, modern, and iconic arts festival enriching the lives of our people, watch this space for future updates.

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