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Proposals wanted for Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2021


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Thu 25 Jun 2020, 12:00 am


Fri 10 Jul 2020, 05:00 pm


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The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (HGAF) is a unique multi-day arts festival based primarily in the spectacular Hamilton Gardens. The 2020 festival was our 23rd event, and featured artists such as Nadia Reid, Fly My Pretties, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders, New Zealand Opera, The Dust Palace, Collision, Annabel Alpers, and the shows Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, An Illiad, and Hine.

Next year’s festival is going to look a little different from what you might know: the very real pressures of reduced funding and sponsorship options means that the 2021 festival will need to be nimble in size and content.

However our guiding principles are unchanged. The festival will still take as its starting point the people and stories of the mighty Waikato, and will remain very much a curated event that aims to showcase top quality work on a local and national level. However, in a year of unprecedented change, we see a great opportunity to rethink and reimagine HGAF.

For 2021, we are particularly looking for performances, events, and visual art that responds to the particular cultural moments of 2020: a time of extraordinary change, reflection and renewal.

This might be through a work that contemplates what it was like to live through 2020; it may be through a performance that provides a joyful escape from the “real world”; it may be through a show that reminds us of the power of coming together as a community.

Work should be either suitable for an outdoor setting, or our intimate, indoor, cabaret space, Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders. There may also be options to present work at other venues throughout the city or wider region; we want each festival show to be in the best possible location for it, so let’s talk about what supports each event best.

We are looking for theatre, kapa haka, music, dance, visual art, film, workshops, talks, – anything that is creative and that fits within the broad arms of an arts festival.

How to apply

To submit your idea for the festival, please complete the following forms before July 10, 2020.

HGAF 2021 expression of interest: Theatre / dance / art / film / roving shows

HGAF 2021 expression of interest: Musicians

For any questions, please email Bronwyn on

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