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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.

SmartsFest-at-a-glance table
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


a magical collaboration that showcases the energies and creative potential of Au...
The Civic Friday 11 March 1pm. A magical cross arts collaboration creating metamorphosis on a mass-scale for 150 primary - tertiary students who dance with Atamira company dancers to live music from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.. shortlist
"... an example of children's theatre that raises and challenges the expectation...
Duck, Death and the Tulip
The PumpHouse Theatre This beautiful puppet-based show about an unlikely friendship between a playful duck and a mysterious character, is an award winning adaptation of Wolf Erlbruch’s beloved book. shortlist
“Vincent O’Sullivan’s elegant poetry has long inspired composer Ross Harris, the...
Brass Poppies
Mercury Theatre Set in the streets of Wellington and the slopes of Gallipoli, this new chamber opera layers action and dialogue, music and dance to tell the story of Chunuk Bair. shortlist
Jamie McCaskill and Kali Kopae are a dynamic team, using their combined skills t...
Not in our Neighbourhood
Q Loft Gripping documentary theatre that takes a close look behind the mask of domestic violence and reveals the despair, the pain and the hope that lie there. SOLD OUT shortlist
Encounter the sacred beauty of the forests of Fiji, the Solomons, Samoa and Aote...
Q Rangatira Through waiata, chants, dances and rituals gracefully and magically performed, Marama creates a powerful call from Pacific women about the devastating effects of deforestation on their homelands. shortlist
two expert clowns, and many laughs
La Cucina dell'Arte
Circus Ronaldo Big Top, Aotea Square The sixth-generation of a renowned Belgian circus family, Danny and David Ronaldo are cast as chef and kitchen hand serving hearty helpings of slapstick, vaudeville and traditional commedia.SCHOOLS TICKETS NOW UNAVAILBLE SORRY. shortlist
But I had in front of me the dead man, the dead French soldier, and how I would ...
No Man's Land
Great Hall John Psathas’ love letter to peace, No Man’s Land features international musicians performing live alongside 150 virtual musicians in a concert that leaps musical genresand borders, from folk to jazz and rock to classical.
a morally fraught, white-knuckle ride*****
James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock
ASB Theatre Prisoner of England for 18 years, then sent home to empty coffers and nobles ready to tear him apart, James I must make ruthless decisions to save himself, his Queen and the crown. shortlist
Furiously exciting. A high-stakes political thriller that never lets up *****
The James Plays
ASB Theatre As many nasty winters as Game of Thrones. More political hardball than House of Cards.
Darker than the darkest cellar in Wolf Hall. Better than Shakespeare!
a strong exploration of damage, oppression and ensuing explosion
James II: Day of The Innocents
ASB Theatre Crowned King at aged six and tormented by childhood nightmares, James II must fight for his crown in a vicious game between Scotland’s most powerful families. shortlist
it all comes round, it all comes round again whatever you do
James III: The True Mirror
ASB Theatre Charismatic, cultured, and obsessed with grand gestures, James III is loved and loathed. The nation’s fate lies with his resourceful and resilient wife, Margaret of Denmark. shortlist
"a special experience of theatre for audiences, especially children"
Duck, Death and the Tulip
Q Loft A beautiful puppet-based show about an unlikely friendship between a playful duck and a mysterious character, this is an award winning adaptation of Wolf Erlbruch’s beloved book. shortlist