Taranaki International Festival of the Arts

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Country and Region New ZealandTaranaki
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

Taranaki Arts
Festival Trust
P.O Box 4251
New Plymouth
Taranaki, New Zealand
Phone: (64) 6-759-8412
Fax: (64) 06-759-8458
Email: office@artsfest.co.nz

Festival Description

The biennial festival takes place in odd numbered years. The programming features more than 250 international and New Zealand artists and performers in the line-up. The program of events promise something for everyone — theatre, contemporary music, fine music, choirs, literature, dance, visual arts, film, and there will be a cabaret and comedy program in a stunning spiegeltent!

Festival Dates August 15 - September 1, 2013
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Festival Events:

Performance feature 2013:
  • TracesLes 7 doigts de la main (Canada)
    • The highlight show of the 2013 Taranaki International Arts Festival is considered Time Magazine’s Top Ten, 2011, category, “Top 10 Plays and Musicals”. You are the first to know that tickets are on sale now to this international blockbuster show. Buy your tickets now and get the best seats in the house before they sell out. Poetic and explosive, humorous and thoughtful. Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, it surprises, awes and delights at every turn. Traces takes place in a make-shift shelter, an unknown catastrophe waiting outside the door. Believing creation is the only antidote to destruction, the seven characters intend to live to the fullest what they believe could be their last moments. The story is told through music, song, dance, speech, illustration, and high-risk acrobatics. The characters use every mode of expression available to them, hoping to leave a lasting mark…. to leave their traces as best they can.
  • Video — Traces Teaser
    • http://www.youtube.com/
  • Festival performance dates
    • Wed 21 Aug, 7.30pm
    • Thurs 22 Aug, 7.30pm
    • Fri 23 Aug, 7.30pm
    • Sat 24 Aug, 2pm
    • Sat 24 Aug, 7.30pm
    • Sun 25 Aug, 6.30pm
  • Venue
    • TSB Theatre, TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
Artist features 2013:
  • Leo (Germany)
    • Winner of multiple awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, Leo has astounded and entertained sell-out audiences from Tehran to New York. This hit show tells the story of a humble man with a huge imagination and the gravity-defying powers of the greatest superheros. Leo can scale walls like Spiderman, dance on the ceiling like Fred Astaire and meditate in mid-air like an Indian guru. You and your family will flip out over this funny, astonishing and deeply touching work that tricks brains and challenges senses.
      August 30 - September 1, TSB Showplace, tickets from $35 + service fee.
  • Ennio (Italy)
    • Ennio magically transforms, mixing origami and impersonation, into over 50 celebrity characters, from the sublime to the ‘gor blimey! You’ll be dazzled with performances by everyone from Ozzie Osbourne to Dolly Parton, Eminem to Elvis. His show is described as, “hysterically funny and wildly entertaining” and “an absolute hoot!” with Ennio doing Cher, Lady Gaga, and Mona (Lisa) even better than they did!
      August 17 & 18, TSB Showplace, tickets from $15 for children and $30 for adults + service fee.
  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets (UK)
    • Like a giant, graphic novel brought to life from the depths of the Bayou, evil kids run riot and creatures of darkness rule. A gloriously grim and wickedly funny world is created through astonishing animated projections, technical wizardry and razor-sharp enchantment.
      August 22 - 24, TSB Showplace, tickets from $35 + service fee, suitable 11+ years (light swear words)
  • TSB Community Trust Lantern Parade: Colour the Streets
    • In the months leading up to the festival people all over Taranaki will participate in free workshops to invent, create and make incredible colourful lanterns. The grand finale of all this creative activity will see around 1,000 people take to the streets in central New Plymouth for the highly popular TSB Bank Lantern Parade.
      Please phone NPDC on 759 6060 to enquire and book for free lantern making workshops.The parade takes place 17 Aug at 6pm, listen to local radio stations and refer to the Taranaki Daily News for info and updates, more details at http://www.artsfest.co.nz.
  • Traces (Canada)
    • The gem in the festival’s programme Traces has been performed for Prince William and Kate as part of Canada Day, as well as on the smash NBC show America’s Got Talent. This show is expected to sell out. It’s an absolute international hit show that has wowed audiences all over the world. Everyone from young to young-at-heart will love this show. It’s a thrilling fusion of cirque and urban street performance with a punchy sound track. Time magazine named it in the Top Ten 2011 category Top 10 Plays and Musicals, so audiences are in for a real treat.


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