New Zealand has a full events calendar with something for everyone each month of the year. With a wide choice including folk festivals, a teddy bear’s picnic, and fun runs, all ages are catered for. Arts and culture events are particularly popular and often benefit the broader community, raising money for good causes.
The New Zealand Art Show in Wellington brings together artists, enthusiasts, and collectors, all eager to view, and maybe purchase, some incredible artworks. This year’s event was a resounding success with over one million dollars of art sold and with at least 85% of the price going to the original artist.
The Auckland Lantern Festival is particularly popular with families keen to celebrate the cultural diversity of the city. It marks the end of the annual Chinese New Year festivities, featuring spectacular lantern displays with food, arts, and craft stalls. This year’s festival included stilt walkers, acrobats, and fireworks.
The ASB Polyfest is an exciting four-day event designed to celebrate Polynesian culture and is one of the largest festivals in the world. There are several stages for secondary school students to perform traditional Maori, Tongan, and Samoan songs and dances. With numerous prizes to be won, the event has a competitive atmosphere but all in good fun. This year, for the first time, over 80 groups from other cultures performed on the Diversity Stage.
Some more unusual events include International Hobbit Day, The Jim Henson Festival celebrating the Muppets, and A World of Wearable Art. There are also International film and comedy festivals that bring visitors from around the world, keen to see the latest movie premieres and top class performers.
New Zealand is proving to be at the forefront of showcasing arts and culture events, gaining well-deserved respect and attracting media attention, delighting locals, and tourists alike.