Welcome to Winter Fest

Kia ora! 

Since launching the country’s first regional arts festival in 1991, Taranaki has always been at the forefront of the arts in New Zealand. In 2019 the festival continues to evolve with the presentation of not one, but four distinct, boutique festivals, over the next two years, each with a different identity. I like to think of this a little bit like an artistic degustation menu offering the very finest ingredients in portions just large enough to keep you looking forward to the next course.

We begin this new era in winter with our first programme celebrating stories and the power these wield through the words and ideas that they express. We will present some of the greatest story tellers from across the ages, from Homer’s An Iliad to Samuel Butler’s visionary science fiction work Erewhon through to thoroughly contemporary voices from New Zealand such as Pacific playwright D.F.Mamea’s and international blogging sensation, Emily Writes. Meanwhile some of the smartest wordsmiths from the world of comedy and broadcasting will be put to the test under the expert emceeing of the iconic Mark Sainsbury as we debate the new world of sustainable energy. 

Stories can also be told in many ways, so we will also traverse a wide range of performance genres including dance from visionary choreographer and video maker Louise Potiki Bryant, and music from the wandering minstrel of Gothic Americana, Delany Davidson. You can even share your own stories through a workshop with the extraordinary Indonesian fabric artist Rozana Lee.  

 We look forward to seeing you at the TSB Showplace this winter.

Craig Cooper
Artistic Director


The Libri Lounge

An inspiring line up of leading storytellers from around New Zealand. Enjoy the ambience of the Libri Lounge as authors discuss their work and give exclusive insights into what drives them.  

I Have Loved Me A Man: The Life and Times of Mika

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Captures a courageous story of a queer brown boy in a big white world. From Timaru to South Island disco champion, LA to Edinburgh, TV to the big screen, Mika has always lived loud and proud.

Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness
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Strap on your head torches – it’s time to go underground with Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood. In this visual presentation, the men behind the award-winning book, take us into a world of astounding beauty. Submerge yourself in stunning on-screen images and hear of courageous exploits and terrifying tight spots.

Find out more about each show in the video below! 

Festival Line Up - Launch Video