Festival of the Arts: what’s what

The ninth annual Southland Festival of the Arts includes 46 individual events and runs until May 20. Download the full-colour programme to check the shows and venues.

Festival director Angela Newell is excited about this year’s festival which has an eclectic mix of sows and performances. “The shows we’re presenting this year range from comedy to supernatural thriller,” she said. “There are also special donation-only shows that allow people to try out different kinds of music, from jazz to classical and from choral to ukuleles”

“This year’s festival should reach more Southlanders than ever, with a dozen shows presented in rural areas, especially accessed by school-aged children as well as the wider community.”

Venture Southland programmes and manages the festival, bringing in many performance-based events that would not normally travel to the South. This is enabled by funders and sponsors who generously contribute to the festival, ensuring ticket prices are kept to an accessible level.