Following the success of Reset Festival last year, we’re excited to return with a 10-day selection of performances. Programming an Arts Festival is a great privilege, and with our borders closed, it has illuminated the breadth and quality of talented artists we have here in Aotearoa.
We know that the arts make a powerful contribution to our wellbeing – they helped us cope through 2020 and adjust to life living with a pandemic. Research shows that the arts help us explore and build our sense of identity and grow our connections with other New Zealanders. We invite you to share an experience with us through this year’s festival with neighbours, friends, whānau, and strangers and build connections within our community.
This year, we’re excited to offer once again our successful schools programme, regional performances and a free community event at Huatoki Plaza with the incredible ‘The Air Between Us’ plus the opportunity to be a part of the festival through ‘Us’, a mass movement event celebrating our city and our people.
From a show for babies not yet walking through to the universal appeal of Thom Monkton and local collaborations, this is an accessible festival that aims to offer something to everyone.
Thanks for being a part of our festival journey. We look forward to welcoming you, sharing experiences and conversations over ten days and beyond.
Finally, thank you to our patrons, sponsors and supporters whose generosity enables these festivals to happen – the arts thrive here. We will be back in 2022 with two more arts festivals and look forward to growing our programme with our community.
Artistic Director, Taranaki Arts Festival
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