About us

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome

Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Arts Festival is a place for ambitious ideas by storytellers, provocateurs and creators.

The Festival reflects our contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities. It challenges artists and audiences to be bold and take a risk. Through the work of artists of Aotearoa and across the world, we aim to unify, enlighten and inspire the people of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau and our many visitors.

A globally recognised celebration of art and culture taking place each March in New Zealand’s largest city, AAF will be presented for the 12th time in 2020. The Festival has attracted more than two million visitors to date.

He toi tupu, He toi ora
Whanake te toi, i ahu mai te toi i Hawaiiki
Ko te ahurei toi o Tāmaki Makaurau!

Grow and nurture the arts, sustain their wellbeing
Develop that which has come from Hawaiiki
Behold the Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival Patron:
The Governor General, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO