The annual Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa (formerly Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival) has been the Waikato’s premier arts event for 25 years. Our vibrant outdoor festival showcases an exciting collection of the region’s creative community and a curated selection of national and international touring shows.
With the award-winning Hamilton Gardens as its primary venue, the festival showcases the best of Waikato’s performing artists alongside a curated selection of some of the most compelling shows from across the country and abroad.
In the last three years particularly, the festival has grown into one of national significance; becoming a major contributor to sustaining many artists, arts organisations and local businesses.
Music, theatre, dance, comedy, family events and arts experiences provide opportunities to inspire, and to be inspired, each year.
We have a wonderful team working hard to bring you a fantastic Hamilton Arts Festival in 2023:
Associate Director & Publicist
Gareth Amyes, Chase Ten Hove, Aaron Chesham and the team from ACLX
Audience Experience & Zero Waste Manager
Economic Benefit Coordinator & Audience Experience Supervisor
Festival Hub Talent Manager & Social Media Videographer
Production Liaison Officer
Marketing & Design
Xanthe Wainui Mackle
Artists Travel & Accommodation Coordinator
Tash Budd from Admin Collective
Food & Beverage
Kelsie McLellan, Hamish Cameron and the team from Montana Food & Events
Hamilton Gardens, Clarence St Theatre, Meteor Theatre, Hamilton City
The Hamilton Arts Festival Toi Ora ki Kirikiriroa is delivered by the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival Foundation, a registered charitable foundation. The Foundation Board includes Chris Williams (Chair), Sandra Braithwaite, Graeme Cairns, Raewyn Sporle, Lucy Ryan, Benny Marama, Graeme Bethune, Kyle Chuen and Marleina Ruka.