Kōanga Festival 2024 24
7 - 29 September 2024

Celebrating new Māori storytelling for the stage.

Our 10th annual Kōanga Festival at Te Pou Theatre!


Kōanga Festival is hitting the double digits and turns the big 10 this year e te whānau! Save the dates and join us in the whare from 7 – 28 September to be a part of this year’s festival. It will be our most expansive programme yet filled with new Māori stories for the stage and kaupapa for the whole whānau to enjoy!


Kōanga is a magical time of year; warmth and colour are returning to te taiao, the kōwhai is in bloom and the ngāhere is alive with the song of the manu.  Kōanga is a time when Te Pou too pumps with new life! Māori artists thrive as new plays are developed and read for the first time. Bold new contemporary Māori performing arts take over our stages, the community comes together for our annual Whānau Day and overall there is a celebration of stories from around the world.  This festival will span a full three and half weeks this year and host our most extensive national programme of whakaari Māori.   


We are excited to present an all new look and feel for Kōanga Festival 2024! Our festival team has been collaborating with the very talented Tyrone Ohia & team at Extended Whānau to wānanga all things Kōanga to help them create this fresh new āhua. 


For our new look, Tyrone and the team at Extended Whānau wanted to whakamana our ingoa through waituhi, giving a strong visual symbolism to the name Kōanga.


In this, our 10th festival we’ve gone bold with the kōwhai; embracing our festival whakapapa, the kōwhai flower, happiness, sunshine, warmth, creativity, energy and fun – everything we want to celebrate this milestone. 


We have even more new design elements to come so keep an eye on our social pages over the coming weeks. 


Follow our bespoke Kōanga Festival socials at @koangafestival for the latest updates, playwrights and programme releases. Be sure to also check out our brand new Kōanga Festival website here which will be the one stop shop for the 2024 Festival.


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