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Tauranga Arts Festival 2017

Thursday 19 October to Sunday 29 October

Family Friendly


Prices vary


Thursday 19 October to Sunday 29 October


Baycourt Community & Arts Centre


Tauranga Arts Festival celebrates its tenth festival birthday from October 19 to 29.

Over ten days and nights, the festival will bring the Tauranga alive and the community together with music, theatre, dance, community events and thought-provoking talks for grown-ups, kids and all those in between.

This year 16 Tauranga Arts Festival events will take place at Baycourt’s Addison Theatre, X Space and The Terrace Rooms, with the remainder of the festival's shows and events being staged at venues throughout the Western Bay of Plenty and in the festival’s very special Carrus Crystal Palace situated on the Tauranga Waterfront. 

Come and celebrate with us and experience the unique energy and connection between artist and audience that only live performance can bring.

This year’s programme is available from the Baycourt Box Office, as well as from cafe's, libraries, and venues across Tauranga.

Road closures for the ANZ Community Day

21 October from 6am to 4pm
The Strand (from Devonport Rd to Hamilton St)
Wharf Street (from Willow St to The Strand)


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