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Welcome to SmartsFest 2016

Schools Meet the Arts at the Festival
Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa!
Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder!

SmartsFest 2016 offers students unique opportunities through the power of creativity and the thrill of the arts, to engage with the cultures, politics, people and times that have shaped and are shaping the world we live in.

Bringing your students to shows in Term 1 is a great way to inspire and enrich their curriculum studies by exposing them to the best locally and internationally-acclaimed drama, dance, music and visual arts on offer in Auckland in March.

SmartsFest offers schools dedicated matinees and selected evening shows in Auckland’'s CBD and regional centres, all at heavily discounted prices.

Click on each image for full show information, extras for teachers and booking forms.
Once booked, our Education manager will liaise with you personally to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for you and your students.

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Schools Booking Form years 1-8
Schools booking form years 7-13

Please call or e mail for further enquiries

Marama Tracey Lloydd - Programme Manager Education and Community
DDI 09 374 0316 I

With support from


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Q Loft An intimate theatrical event, Waves is the story of Elizabeth Moncello, daughter of immigrants and the unofficial inventor of the famous Butterfly stroke, set in present day Edinburgh and 1930s Australia. shortlist
When you fall in love, death is the last thing you think of.
Te Pō
Q Rangatira In this surprising new comedy, a policeman, a priest and a blind man look for clues that lead to the missing playwright Bruce Mason. Te Pō draws on a range of theatrical styles to create a unique view of the world. shortlist
Blow things up. Blow things over. Blow your mind!
The Science Show: Big Bang, Little Bang!
Bruce Mason Centre From cosmos to microcosm - check out the big and little wonders that surround us. Join Nanogirl (Dr Michelle Dickinson) and friends as they blow things up, blow things over, and blow your mind!!! shortlist
Changes is the world premiere of two significant new dance works by visionary ch...
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SKYCITY Theatre The world premiere of two significant new dance works by visionary choreographers Neil Ieremia and Kuik Swee Boon, exploring themes of death, tolerance and diversity. shortlist
Although we spoke quietly, the eyes and ears of history caught every gesture
Nixon in China
Great Hall A soaring and compelling opera that relates the moment Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong, two of the 20th century’s most controversial figures, meet. shortlist
a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street cult...
The Civic Boasting a stellar cast including world-class breakdancers, a world champion BMX flatlander and basketball freestyler, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus. shortlist
Hard for anything in the festival... to top this
The Chorus Oedipus더 코러스; 오이디푸스
Q Rangatira Intimate in scale, epic in scope, this South Korean theatre work uses a mix of contemporary music, dance and drama to re-imagine Sophocles’ fraught Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. SCHOOLS TICKETS UNAVAILALBE NOW SORRY. shortlist
the essence of this impassioned production is its exceptional dancers and their ...
ASB Theatre World class virtuoso tango is re-forged by genius choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as he injects the traditions of Argentine tango with his own ground-breaking contemporary twists. shortlist