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  • The Ever Popular 2015 Mercury Bay Arts Escape Tour, in beautiful Coromandel

    The ever popular annual Open Studio Tour happens again the first two weekends of March 2015. The self-drive tour on 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 March is an opportunity to see the diverse range of 46… Read more

  • The hunt for the next Great Kiwi Classic is on!

    The hunt for the Great Kiwi Classic returns in 2015 and New Zealand readers nationwide are invited to join our celebration of iconic Kiwi books by nominating their favourites. Launched in 2014 by the New Zealand Book Council and… Read more

  • Te Matatini 2015- National Kapa Haka Festival

    The time has come where our four kapa representing our rohe get to show the fruits of their hardwork, dedication and passionate commitment on the big stage of Te Matatini 4-8 March. The fierce kapa haka competition hosts… Read more

  • Whitianga's Bold, Bright Underwater Mural

    At the end of May 2014, Charlotte Giblin was sat in Auckland airport waiting to start her journey to the UK, when her mobile phone rang. It was Verena Tagmann and Craig Comstock from Blue Water Marine Services… Read more

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Improve your writing skills with this full elective module in creative writing offered by Wintec's School of Media Arts. Taught by experienced author Gail Pittaway, this in-depth course runs for 15 weeks and happens weekly on Tuesday evenings… Read more


Waikato Band Profile - Middleman

Local Hamilton band ‘Middleman’ will be performing at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival this year as support band for famous country/folk band ‘The Warratahs’. Middleman front-man Chris Williams formed the band in August 2010 after being inspired by a Bruce Springsteen… Read more


Beats to the Streets with the Super Samba Street Party

Hamilton's very own Samba hard core  - Sambatron are two years into their journey and they are on the up and up. They are part of this years Fringe Festival bringing the beats to the streets, presenting the Super Samba… Read more


Calling all Waikato Bands – Entries are now open for Battle of the Bands 2015

Entries are now open for BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP With a HUGE prize pool up for grabs plus new regions and venues added; the 2015 event is going to be a fantastic year for the annual nationwide band contest. This… Read more

Featured Events

Tassel Me This

March 13, 2015

Following critically acclaimed seasons at BODY Festival & Tempo Dance Festival, Tassel Me This brings the glitter and tassels to Hamilton audiences… Read more

[presence] - An Outdoor Light, Sound and Dance Spectacle

March 22, 2015

[presence] is an outdoor light, dance and sound spectacle at the Hamilton Gardens' Turtle Lake, combining motion-tracking technology with moving lights and… Read more

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Artists gather from all over New Zealand

February 5, 2015

The WSA hosts the annual New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award for 2015. Over 370 entries of art works from all over… Read more

Astounding artworks a focus of Hamilton Garden Arts Festival

February 5, 2015

Last year it was a beautiful, surreal and disturbing landscape rendered in millions of strokes of a ballpoint pen that caught the… Read more

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