• 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.

2 – 7 April 2019

About us

UPSURGE Bay of Islands Arts Festival is a biennial arts festival held in and around the beautiful Bay of Islands region. The festival runs over five action packed days and nights presenting a diverse programme of performance genres from New Zealand and afar.

We host our performances 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 little festival is all about celebrating our own regions unique identity and creating memorable experiences for everyone to enjoy!

Sally Macauley (Trust Chair)
Laurel Simm
Debra Shand
Tracey Glentworth
Shell Wilson

Sophie Kelly – Festival Director
Jo Hughes – Festival Assistant
Publicist – Gillian Hughes – Hughes PR


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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