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Auckland Council

Current and upcoming arts opportunities

We invite artists, creatives, curators, professionals and organisations to join us in integrating arts and culture into the everyday lives of Aucklanders.

Submissions are now open for the Matariki Festival 2018 and the new Pacific Arts Programme 2018.

Matariki Festival 2018 submissions

Be part of Matariki Festival 2018 in Tamaki Makaurau.

The 2018 Matariki Festival will celebrate the Maori New Year with events across the Auckland region from 30 June to 22 July.

Matariki Festival has grown to become Auckland’s premiere winter festival, with more than 100 events in the 2017 event. The festival brings together people across the region to celebrate Matariki and share Maori culture with a diverse and growing audience.

How to apply

Applications are welcome for events that are within at least one of the following festival genres:

  • Hapori (community)
  • Kai (food)
  • Korero (lectures/presentations)
  • Nga Mahi Toi (visual arts)
  • Taiao (environment)
  • Wananga (workshops)
  • Whakangahau (performance)
  • Whare Tapere (theatre).

To apply, complete the application form. Applications close 10 February 2018.

Events accepted for Matariki Festival 2018 will be included on the festival website and supplied with marketing templates to assist with promotion. They may also be promoted as part of festival marketing and publicity activities.

For information, email:


Pacific Arts Programme 2018 submissions

Creative people of Pacific heritage are invited to submit ideas to possibly be part of a new Pacific arts programme that launches in 2018.

The kaupapa of the programme is to showcase urban Pacific expression and creativity from Tāmaki Makaurau and share it with the world.

The project aims to:

  • create a platform showcasing work by Pacific artists and producers
  • contribute to a flourishing and sustainable Pacific arts ecology
  • encourage inter-generational and cross-art form collaboration, building capability and artistic experimentation among Pacific people
  • create a dialogue between audiences and artists
  • be driven by Pacific values.

What we're looking for

We want to feature a range of projects across the Auckland region. We welcome bold, new ideas from practitioners and organisations across all creative genres.

Your single ‘big idea’ or concept should:

  • have high impact on audiences and communities, including youth
  • take place in a public space
  • be highly engaging for audiences in real time and online
  • represents and/or reflects Tāmaki Makaurau
  • be created and produced by people of Pacific heritage
  • be an original new work, not happening anywhere else.

How to apply

To submit your idea, complete the form below and send it to the arts and culture programmer by Monday 26 February 2018

​Email the completed form to: