The perfect school holiday entertainment

The annual Tauranga Festival of Performing Arts will be held at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre from July 7-15 throughout the first week of the school holidays from 9am to 9pm every day.

Nine hundred competitors from all over New Zealand participate in eight art forms – singing, speech, piano, instrumental, ballet, tap, modern dance and highland national dance. The competitors’ ages ranges from pre-school to university.

The festival makes excellent school holiday entertainment and admission is a gold coin donation (per person, per session). For the devotee, each art form will run a Major Award Scholarship Class featuring the senior competitors performing challenging programmes consisting of three items, representing different styles unique to their chosen art form.  

The festival will conclude with the Festival Concert (Sunday, July 16 commencing at 2pm). This will feature the very best, most talented and most entertaining performances of the festival, and is a highlight of the competitions. Tickets for the Festival Concert are available from the Baycourt Box Office.

For more information or to view the full programme visit

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