Vibrant and rich with story, rugged, soulful and deep, Te Tairāwhiti is home to the creativity of many – past, present and those yet to flourish.
Between October 4 and 20, we celebrated artists and connections to place while welcoming the world.
During the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, artists created worlds of wonder, provocation and poignance, and reminded us of the importance of story. They shone a light into dark places, often providing commentary on difficult and challenging times. They also led us into spaces for reflection, and created moments of joy.
From Raukōkore to Rangitukia, Manutuke to Muriwai, Tikitiki to Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa /Gisborne, our region came alive with theatre, music, dance, whakairo, taonga, light and sound.