Arts festivals in New Zealand

One thing Kiwis love is art of all descriptions. A creative and culturally rich country, its combination of traditional Maori culture with European influences, incredible landscape and friendly atmosphere translates into a thirst for forward thinking art, music, comedy and film.NZ Street Art Festival
This lust of the arts is encapsulated beautifully in the country's art festival schedule. Across the 2014 calendar, New Zealand will play host to numerous events that celebrate creativity, from the mainstream to the avant garde, and everything in between. Here is our guide to some of the most famous and worth attending.
Taking place in Christchurch, between 20th December and 23rd March, OI YOU! RISE brings together street art from around the globe. The highlight for many will be the largest collection of art by controversial and world renowned UK street artist Banksy, whose work will be shown on the walls of the Canterbury Museum. There's a huge selection of other innovative and exciting work to see at OI YOU! RISE, however, with pieces on show in three gallery spaces across the city from both international and native urban artists.
NZ Street Art Festival
Sticking with street art for the moment, you might also want to be in Kawerau on the 8/9 February, for this collection of New Zealand street art. Kawerau is a small town in the Bay of Plenty and this festival is designed to be kid friendly. That means no alcohol and music, art and fun for all the family.
Auckland Festival of Photography
Between 29 May and 20 June, one of the world's most exciting and consistently high quality photography events will take place in Auckland. A stunning visual arts fiesta, it includes a huge number of both free and paid events, meaning there is something for every budget and level of interest.
New Zealand International Arts Festival
Wellington once again proves itself to be the headquarters for all things cool, creative and cultural in New Zealand by playing host to the International Arts Festival between 21 February and 16 March. Over 300 events from just about every discipline, from dance to film to comedy to music, and performances and exhibits from some of the world's top artists make this a must-visit for anybody with an interest in culture. This year's highlights will include music from Lutheran Masses, Power Plant visual art exhibition in the Botanic Gardens and a puppet performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream that will blow your mind.
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