Where the arts
come alive




It’s a celebration of the arts in the most magical of settings.

From music to theatre to comedy, cabaret and more, we’re bringing the magic of the arts to life within the internationally acclaimed Hamilton Gardens, local theatres’ and around the central city.

Keen to be involved?

Expressions of interest for Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa 2025 are now open

Following the resounding success of this year’s largest and most magical regional festival of the arts, the dates for Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa 2025 are confirmed for 21 Feb – 2 Mar.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest from artists looking to be part of next year’s festival whānau and we would love to hear from you.

As always, next year’s festival programme will cover all performing arts including theatre, music, dance, cirque, comedy, roving performances, art installations and everything in between.

We welcome submissions for both new and existing works and we’re particularly interested in hearing proposals for site-specific performances that can be brought to life in the internationally award-winning Hamilton Gardens. Click here to learn more about these enchanting potential venues.

Please note that we will be seeking expressions of interest from Waikato-based musicians to perform on our Grassroots Trust Free and Live Festival Hub Stage later in the year.

To apply please take 15 minutes to fill out our Expression of Interest form. Submissions are open until July 28.

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