• UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival
  • UPSURGE Festival - Bay of Islands Arts Festival

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

2 – 7 April 2019

Nau mai, haere mai

Welcome to the UPSURGE Bay of Islands Arts Festival

We are a biennial arts festival held in and around the stunning Bay of Islands region.
This year’s Festival runs over six action packed days and nights with a diverse programme of performance genres from New Zealand and afar.

With a tantalising selection of theatre, contemporary dance, free street theatre and music performances, we hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This year we’re very excited to present the first ever writer’s programme – UPSURGE Talks. We have gathered a significant selection of Aotearoa’s best – from history and poetry to food and satire – that will give you plenty to enjoy and to ponder.

Performances will be held in special venues right around the region, from the magical Duke of Marlborough Hotel to the rustic historic beauty of the Waimate North Showgrounds Hall. Our much-loved festival is all about celebrating our own region’s unique identity and creating memorable enriching experiences for our audiences.

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To our wonderful sponsors & supporters

The Festival simply would not be possible without the support of so many generous sponsors, funders, patrons and supporters. It takes a huge amount of energy and money to plan and deliver a festival of this scale and we are truly grateful to all of those who have seen the value of what we do and helped make it all possible.

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