The Eastern Bay of Plenty with its stunning coastal outlook, warm and sunny climate, has a burgeoning arts scene. It is in a region bounded by the Pacific Ocean’s blue depths and the rugged mountains of the Te Urewera National Park.
These outstanding natural surroundings have long provided the inspiration for many artists in the region. There is a genuine relaxed atmosphere in Whakatane that enables our artists and craftspeople to make full use of their creativity, resulting in a huge quality and variety of crafts. The vibrant arts and crafts scene has been influenced by the revival and resurgence of Maori culture, so predominant in our area.
Our region also inspires the performing arts scene with theatre groups, dance and performance contributing a rich array of events and activities to our community.
Arts Whakatane (formerly the Whakatane Community Arts Council) initiate and support projects that stimulate and strengthen the artistic and cultural life of our community. Arts Whakatane run and support events such as the Summer Arts Festival, the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Exhibitions and national arts tours. Find out more about arts projects and events on their events calendar.
President Arts Whakatane - Scott Jarrett. firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme Coordinator - Heather Hourigan. email@example.com