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Click here for some lovely photos of the Trust Power Tauranga Christmas Parade


Rainy Day? Check out the Fantastic range of movies at Bay City Cinemas and Rialto


Saturday 18th October to Monday 6th April - Welcomes all Cruise Ship Passengers to Downtown Tauranga

Daily shuttle bus for passengers will be operating between i-port and Downtown Tauranga.
For cruiseship arrivals please link to Port of Tauranga. http://www.port-tauranga.co.nz/Shipping-Information/Cruise-Schedules/

Friday 6th March 2015 - Fresh-Up Comedy Tour, Baycourt 

8pm to 10pm. Three of New Zealand’s best comics are hitting the road again, going to their favourite spots around the country and bringing the laughs with them. Ben Hurley, Dai Henwood and Vaughan King are delivering a huge night of comedy, and it’s one night only. You’ve seen them on TV3’s 7Days, and now you can see them live. Don’t miss this chance to see this brilliant line up of comics. Purchase tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

Friday 6th March 2015 to Sunday 7th June 2015 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Tauranga Art Gallery

Stunning images will be unveiled as the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at Tauranga Art Gallery in March, 2015. The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. In 2015 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. The Gallery is the exhibition's only New Zealand venue. 

We'd also love to see you and your family down at the Gallery on Saturday 28 March for our Family Fun Day: Wild Thing! Bring the creative creatures in your family to this Wild Thing themed day. This event runs in conjunction with Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Ewan McDougall: Fun and Fury. Come dressed as your favourite  wild thing and have your face painted to match when you get here! Prizes for the best dressed animals. The day includes: face painting, Wild Thing Art Hunt, story telling and Kids Art Studios*. All activities except the Kids Art Studios with Emma Prill are covered by the entry cost of $5 per family.

Saturday 7th March 2015 - The King Is Back - Ben Portsmouth, Baycourt

8pm to 10:30pm. Ben Portsmouth looks like Elvis; sings like Elvis, and has an extraordinary stage presence that makes you temporarily believe you might be watching the "King himself"!

Thursday 12th March to Sunday 22nd March 2015 - Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, Rialto Cinema

Thursday 5pm to 10:30pm and 10:30am to 10:30pm every other day. Proudly sponsored by L’Oréal Paris, the Alliance Française French Film Festival has firmly established itself as the largest French cultural event on New Zealand’s national cultural calendar. Following a six-fold increase in attendance figures since 2012, the festival is now one of the largest French film festivals outside of France in the entire world and a diverse showcase of the best contemporary French-language cinema. The full film selection will be announced on 29 January 2015. "2015 is going to be a very diverse and exciting year for the festival," says Festival Director Sarah Reese, "We look forward to announcing the full film selection in January and hope that New Zealanders embrace everything that the festival has to offer. "Tickets are on sale from 30 January 2015.

Friday 13th March 2015 - Rotunda, Baycourt

7:30pm - 9pm. Rotunda features the beautiful collision of the NZ Army Band with the raw power of contemporary dance, performing to a range of heartfelt hymns and stunning, new brass works. Rotunda is a living memorial that celebrates the ANZAC spirit and the themes of courage, loss, kinship and ultimately, a desire for peace.

Saturday 14th March 2015 - Ezza Rose, Tauranga Art Gallery

7:30pm. The Gallery is thrilled to present US-based singer songwriter Ezza Rose and her band. Critics have described her voice as "subtle yet breathtaking". Don't miss this one off performance!

Tickets $20/$25 from the Gallery or on 578-7933.

Friday 20th March 2015 - Jan Preston's Boogie Circus, Baycourt

8pm. Piano extraordinaire Jan Preston today announces Jan Preston's Boogie Circus will tour New Zealand in March -- guaranteed to be more riotous than an elephant on the rampage! Always entertaining and invigorating, Jan’s live shows continue to receive rapturous reviews as she thrills audiences throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Featuring her well known boogie, blues and ragtime piano music with the addition of guitar, bass and percussion, Jan Preston's Boogie Circus will melt your blues away with songs, instrumentals, candid and sometimes humorous anecdotes. 

Wednesday 25th March 2015 - Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, Baycourt

8pm to 10pm. Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. 

Wednesday 25th March 2015 - Business @ The Library - Co-Working, Tauranga City Library 

Curious about co-working? We’ll be joined by Susanne Irwin from Ignition and Steven Vincent from Basestation to discuss how co-working actually works, how it might work for you, and we’ll look more closely at Ignition and Basestation as two local examples here in Downtown Tauranga. If you’ve been wondering about co-working, this is the Business @ the Library for you.

Thursday 26th March 2015 - Bella Kalolo, Tauranga Art Gallery

7:30pm. If you’re not acquainted with Bella Kalolo, then you’ve not experienced New Zealand soul at its finest! This Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) singer songwriter has been handpicked to work with artists as diverse as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hollie Smith, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Nathan Haines, Aaradhna, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few.Bella was awarded Best Female Vocalist at the 2012 and 2014 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards. 

Friday 27th March 2015 - Peta Mathias, Baycourt

8pm to 10:30pm. A Comedy Show from one of New Zealand’s best loved personalities. This brand new stage offering sees the return of "Her Fabulousness" with "A Woman's Recipe for Life".

Saturday 28th March 2015 - Viva Las Vegas, Baycourt 

6:30pm to 10:30pm. Come and experience the best of Vegas without having to gamble away those hard earned dollars! Corporate Casino and Total Entertainment Solutionz have joined forces to create a Las Vegas experience not to be missed! We have all the elements of a great night out including a fun casino, 3 course American style dinner, themed characters, showgirls, singers, portrait artist, and more. Tickets available from www.ticketek.co.nz

Thursday 2nd April 2015 - Divas with a Twist, Baycourt

8pm. Pure jazz harmony in the style of Manhattan Transfer - ‘Divas with a Twist’ will be a spectacular gala night featuring Tessa Quayle, Susan de Jong, and Carolina Moon celebrating the music of legendary jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. This trendsetting trio, with witty vocals, energetic delivery, and stupendous harmonies was an inspiration to other groups including the King Sisters and Manhattan Transfer. Hear three of Australasia’s most accomplished jazz divas in concert together.

Thursday 2nd-Sunday 5th April 2015 - National Jazz Festival, Baycourt 

The National Jazz Festival is a New Zealand treasure. As one of the oldest Jazz Festivals in the world we are delighted to present, for the 53rd time, a vibrant long weekend of the hottest talent from near and far. For more information please visit www.baycourt.co.nz, early bird tickets available until the 14th of February 2015 from www.ticketek.co.nz

Friday 3rd April 2015 - Big Band Night, Baycourt

8pm. Two of the country’s finest Big Bands – The Royal New Zealand Navy Band and The Tauranga Big Band – join forces to present a show that will stir, excite and create wonderful memories. The Royal New Zealand Navy Band is made up of some of the country’s best wind, brass and percussion players and is one of the principal military bands in New Zealand. This concert will let the jazz musicians among them show their chops as they perform a wide range of tunes from across the jazz spectrum.
They are supported by the BOP’s best musicians under the direction of Murray Mason – who will lead the Tauranga Big Band through a repertoire of vocal and instrumental Big Band pieces that will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes. Don’t miss this show – it’s sure to sell-out!

Friday 3rd April 2015 - Killer B3 Hammond Organ Summit, Baycourt

6pm. Two Hammonds ... Three players ... A whole lot of groove. This concert explores the classic sound of Tone Wheels and spinning Leslie Speakers producing unique grooves made popular by Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco. Feel the funk and soul of this challenging jazz instrument at its finest. Featuring top exponents of the jazz Hammond organ sound: Alan Brown, Tom Rainey and Liam Ryan, supported by the ultra talented Dixon Nacey (guitar) and Ron Samson (drums).

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th April 2015 - National Youth Jazz Competition, Baycourt 

9am to 4:30pm. Join us for the 38th National Youth Jazz Competition for a feast of young talent from across New Zealand.
Hundreds of young musicians will showcase their skills over two days, providing entertainment to an eager audience and receiving encouragement and feedback from some of the best professional jazz musicians in the country. Described in 2014 as “the best kept secret that is the National Youth Jazz Competition” these talented young people are the shining stars of tomorrow! The Big Bands take to the Baycourt stage on Friday, followed by the Combos and overall prize giving on Saturday.
Don’t miss one of the hidden gems of the National Jazz Festival!

Saturday 4th April 2015 - Galapagos Duck - Baycourt

8pm. In our ANZAC centenary year, Tauranga is proud to host Australia’s premiere legacy jazz act. Galapagos Duck became well known in the Australian Jazz and music scene during the 1970s, when it was the house band at the emerging Jazz night club, 'The Basement', in Sydney. They’ve won national and international awards, played everywhere from Asia to America and Europe (including the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland), and influenced generations of young musicians through their live performances, myriad of original compositions and TV appearances. Since its early beginnings, Galapagos Duck is now the best known jazz band in Australia and is a crowd favourite at jazz festivals throughout the country. These master musicians create a performance experience that – while jazz oriented – is able to be appreciated and enjoyed by everybody. An entertainment experience not to be missed!

Saturday 4th April 2015 - A Short History of Jazz: Part 1 in a Series, Baycourt 

6pm. Find out more about the fascinating history of of jazz in this new series that began its life as four live recorded Radio New Zealand sessions. Featuring some of New Zealand’s top jazz thinkers and performers – the series begins with the birth of jazz in the late 19th century and takes listeners through to the “Jazz Age” of the 1920s. Speakers present the story of jazz, explain some of its technical mysteries and give insight into the social context behind the music. Interwoven among the discussion, a jazz quintet performs examples of works. Guest musicians include: Lex French (trumpet / cornet), Ben Wilcock (piano), John Rae (drums), Jake Baxendale (clarinet / sax), and Andrew Laking (double bass).

Saturday 4th April 2015 - Fantine, Baycourt

9pm. Russian-born, multi-lingual, knock-out talent Fantine joins us from Australia with a musical style that reflects her cultural diversity: a fusion of pure jazz, indie and electro soul. With her new album Reservation for Two just released, Fantine joins us to share a career that’s gone from strength to strength! Fantine first came onto the Australian music scene in 2010 playing festivals and featuring on top Australian radio station for new music, Triple J. 2013 saw Fantine working on her debut album I am … Fantine with Cuban/American Producer Emilio Estefan and his wife Gloria Estefan. Following I am … Fantine, expanded her jazz repertoire and began performing with celebrated Russian jazz saxophonist Igor Butman and his 16 piece Moscow Jazz Orchestra. Fantine will be accompanied by a stellar New Zealand band led by uber bassist Musical Director, Richie Pickard, and featuring award-winning virtuoso jazz pianist Kevin Field.

Sunday 5th April 2015 - Houston - Fox Project 

3pm. Classical piano meets Big Band jazz! New Zealand’s premiere classical and jazz musicians come together for this special concert as part of the National Jazz Festival. Classical piano maestro Michael Houston and renowned jazz artist Rodger Fox are masters of their craft. The joining of these two New Zealand icons will blend the best of classical with the best of jazz. Featuring Michael Houston on piano and the Rodger Fox Big Band with special guests International saxophone artist Roger Manins and New Zealand’s leading jazz and blues vocal stylist, Erna Ferry.

The programme features:
Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op.26 (Movement 1)
Commissioned pieces by Bill Cunliffe
Raff-Riff (Jazz Toccata) by Mike Nock
Two pieces by John Psathas

This will be a once in a lifetime concert!

Sunday 5th April 2015 - Swing Driven Thing - Fiona Pears, Baycourt 

Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’ – ‘featuring rare and natural charisma’… These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the highly talented violinist and composer from Christchurch. Describing her musical influences as Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, John Williams and Jean Luc Pointy, Pears performs Celtic, Classical, Tango, Jazz and Gypsy with equal ease, sometimes all in the same composition! New Zealand born and now dividing her time between London and Lyttelton, Fiona has performed and recorded with artists such as Dave Dobbyn, Hayley Westenra, Bic Runga, and has opened for Tony Bennett, Ottmar Liebert and ‘the clown prince of Denmark’, the late Victor Borge. Personal highlights include appearing at Ronnie Scott’s world famous jazz club in London and performing her own compositions and arrangements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Expect a fiery melting pot of flavours – and a thrilling, visually stunning experience.

Sunday 5th April 2015 - Planet Blues, Baycourt

7pm. No-one plays the blues like Darren Watson. In the wake of his controversial song Planet Key and on the back of the release of a brand new album ( Planet Blues), Darren Watson presents a show in the style of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee – not to be missed by any fan of the blues! Watson gained national fame in the 80s as the fresh-faced, young front-man and guitarslinger for Smoke Shop where Watson earned a place alongside the likes of Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble and Rick Bryant as one of New Zealand's best blues interpreters. Darren will be supported by Christchurch’s unique roots, jazz & blues duo Radius, fresh from performances in Europe and New York. Radius features Justine S on saxophone and flute who combines masterfully with Harry Harrison on dobro, banjo and guitar.

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April 2015 - Downtown Carnival Jazz Festival, The Waterfront, The Strand

12pm to 6pm. Downtown explodes with two days of music and entertainment that will keep you dancing all weekend. With multiple stages on the waterfront there is something for everyone to enjoy, from classic jazz, blues, world, swing, folk and funk! Strolling musicians and street performers add to the carnival atmosphere that brings Downtown Tauranga to life Easter Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2015 - Neverland, Baycourt

Saturday 2pm & 6:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Join the students of Susanne Hanger Dance as they embark on their journey through Neverland to help Peter Pan find his cheeky shadow who has once again gone missing! Tink leads the cast on a magical adventure through snow and water meeting some well-known friends along the way.From our younger Angelina Ballerina dancers as forest fairies, to our senior jazz dancers as the mean old pirates, we’re sure you'll be entertained by our talented local dancers. Featuring Tap, Acrobatics, Contemporary, Hiphop and Musical Theatre. Bring the whole family and, as Peter often says, "Let’s never grow up!"

Sunday 19th April 2015 - Gypsy, Baycourt 

2:30pm. In April 2015 Bay of Plenty Symphonia will perform ‘Gypsy!” in the Baycourt, Tauranga. This will be a very entertaining orchestral concert with a gypsy theme, featuring a variety of musical favourites and a few less well known pieces. The Symphonia, conducted by Music Director Justus Rozemond, will be joined by two great soloists: popular local soprano Anna Hawkins and talented young violinist Brigitte Balzat. Buy tickets at www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 25th April 2015 - Sonic Delusion, BREW Craft Beer Pub

4pm. From delicate heartfelt textures and tones to wide open foot-stomping atmospheric joy, his music is an upbeat concoction of folk, pop, funk and Latin, blended and layered with expertise on his well-worn loop pedal. As bass line, percussion, vocals and guitar are fused together the illusion is complete: you see a man, you hear a band.

Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th May 2015 - Oliver!, Baycourt

Thurs 7:30pm to 9pm, Fri 7:30pm to 9:30pm and Sat 1:30pm to 3:30pm & 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The well-known story of orphan Oliver Twist is presented by Aquinas College. The cast of more than 70 will bring the much loved characters to the stage. Based on the Revised 2003 London production, this production includes the memorable toe-tapping, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me”, “Food, Glorious Food”, and “Where is Love”, Oliver! Is a musical classic. Purchase tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 16th May 2015 - 2 Degrees Comedy Convoy, Baycourt

8pm. Steve Wrigley (7 Days) is back from the US, to host the 2degrees Comedy Convoy, as it tours to Tauranga with a hilarious line-up of top comedians in the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, from across the world and right here in the pearl of the Pacific. Showing our international guests the sights will be Rose Matafeo (Jono and Ben at Ten), and last years Billy T Award Winner Guy Montgomery (Best Bits). Joining the locals to entertain you in your hometown is Irish-American Des Bishop, who The Scotsman describes as “funny & erudite” and Nish Kumar from the UK, who Chortle.co.uk sums up as a “combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver”. Tickets available from www.ticketek.co.nz

Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Foster & Allen, Baycourt 

7pm to 9:30pm. Legendary Irish folk music duo, Foster and Allen are number one stars across the globe, scoring 30 new-release charting albums over a 30-year career, the only act in the world to do so.They have amassed record sales in excess of 20 million, due to their loyal fan-base, spanning their native Ireland, the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Foster & Allen's style and easy listening sound remains as fresh and exciting as ever. Join them on their 2015 New Zealand tour. Purchase tickets from www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Sleeping Beauty, Baycourt

7:30pm to 10pm. Moscow ballet La Classique return down-under with their Spectacular masterpiece Sleeping Beauty ballet's most loved fairytale.

Sunday 24th May 2015 - The Pink Floyd Experience, Baycourt

8pm to 10:45pm.To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Wish You Were Here, The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing the album in its entirety. This concert will be a real treat for any Pink Floyd fans!

Tuesday 26th May 2015 - Meeting Karpovsky, Baycourt 

7:30pm to 8:50pm. Years ago, Sylvia traveled the world and its greatest ballet theatres. Now she lives alone in her house filled with photographs of her favourite dancer and her daughter's unwanted possessions. Then one day the great dancer Alexander Karpovsky turns up mysteriously in her lonely room and breaks through her brittle cocoon to teach the stumbling Sylvia to dance...and to live. Helen Moulder and Sir Jon Trimmer reprise their extraordinary production of Meeting Karpovsky, winner of The Listener’s Best Play and Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year awards. Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 5th September 2015- Fink About It - The Laughing Samoans, Baycourt

8pm to 9:40pm. Don’t miss the latest offering from one of New Zealand’s most successful live comedy acts.

Thursday 24th September 2015- Take Back the Night - The Waterfront, The Strand 

6:30pm to 7:30pm. Take Back the Night is about standing up and taking action for a safer community. The aim is to raise awareness of the violence faced by people in our city, especially girls and women, and to stand together as a community and say, "Violence is not ok!" With guest speakers and music, we invite everyone to light up the night with torches, candles and glowsticks, and shout out about our desire for safe spaces to live, work and play.