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

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

4 – 9 April 2017


It’s a wrap! Twenty-two performances, held over five days in over ten different venues around the Bay of Islands region. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make UPSURGE 2017 Festival possible and to all of you for coming along and attending the shows.

We are absolutely thrilled with the responses we have received from so many of you who took part. It was great to see audiences attending multiple performances and especially great to see people taking a punt and trying out something new that they might not ordinarily attend.

We are incredibly grateful to all the artists who came to share their stores, songs, dance and craft with us. There have been so many memorable moments. The enormously entertaining Hudson & Halls Live! that left us in stitches; the joyful and captivating Java Dance in the rustic and charming Waimate North Showgrounds Hall; the sensational and sassy vocals from Lady Rizo all the way from New York; the deeply moving and intimate Pass The Gat with Warren Maxwell, Louis Baker & Thomas Oliver and the roaring swing of The Eastern who helped us wrap up our final night in style. There are just too many wonderful performances to mention and we are left feeling all the more richer for these entertaining and magical experiences.


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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