Welcome to Winter Fest

Kia ora

Since TAFT launched the country’s first regional arts festival in 1991, Taranaki has always been at the forefront of the arts in New Zealand. Our second presentation of Winter Fest (June 6 - 16) upholds this legacy, showcasing outstanding performances and shows that celebrate the exceptional homegrown talent produced by New Zealand. 

And because stories come in many forms, we're showcasing a kaleidoscope of performance genres. Expect a winter wonderland of ideas, words and stories told through an unforgettable collection of comedy, music, theatre and a literary programme, there's something for every palate.

With our commitment to accessibility and inclusivity and support from our Core Funder Toi Foundation, our Around Taranaki programme see two shows take place in venues around the maunga, making it a truly Taranaki-wide festival. 

Join us this winter for an unforgettable celebration of homegrown stories, creativity, and the power of the human spirit.

Megan Brown
Festival Director