A five day festival of the arts around the Bay of Islands region.

5 – 9 APRIL 2017

Nau Mai Haere Mai


We are thrilled to present this year’s performance programme to you all.

This year we bring to you a fabulous selection of highly acclaimed International performances from all over the world, with guest artists from as far as the UK, Ireland, New York and Germany performing alongside many highly respected artists from our very own Aotearoa.

We are also super excited to be transforming the much loved iconic Waimate North Showgrounds Hall into a dedicated music and performance venue, bringing to life its rustic charm for festival goers to enjoy. Be sure to come early for shows to soak up the Festival atmosphere!

Our heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful talented and creative artists for coming to share their stories and songs with us. The arts are a truly powerful way to connect us, challenge our thinking and ideas, lift our spirits, inspire and delights.

We hope you enjoy the selection of shows on offer and have a wonderful, memorable UPSURGE Festival experience!


Special thanks to our sponsors

UPSURGE Festival simply wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of individuals, sponsors and funders; we thank all those who have committed to supporting this year’s programme.

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