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Saturday 27 August - The Scholars Pro Musica present THE CREATION by Joseph Haydn

Through Haydn's amazing and thoughtful use of both choral and orchestral forces, The Creation beautifully illustrates the account of creation found in the Book of Genesis. From the first sunrise to the first snow fall, and from the first bird of the air to the beasts of the sea, Creation brims with Haydn's artistic genius, dramatic flair, and witty childlike playfulness.

With the generous support of TECT, we are offering a $5 discount on all pre-sold tickets, with presentation of a TECT card at Ticketek booking agencies (limited to 2 discounted tickets per TECT cardholder).

Time: 7.30 pm
Location: St Mary Immaculate Catholic Church (corner of Cameron Rd & Elizabeth St), Tauranga
Adults: $35.00
Adults (with TECT card): $30.00
Students (incl. high school students): $25.00
Students (incl. high school students; with TECT card): $20.00
Tickets available through TICKETEK - or 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
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Saturday 27th August - Silent Cinema City Lights By Charlie Chaplin

City Lights was Charlie Chaplin’s last silent film, about a homeless tramp who befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire. The movie contains some of Chaplin's great comic sequences, including the famous prize fight in which the Tramp uses his nimble footwork to always keep the referee between himself and his opponent. City Lights is accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ played by Ron Clark and takes you back to golden years of Silent Cinema. Enjoy the pre movie frivolity in the Baycourt foyer from 7pm, transformed into a 1920/30s speakeasy, with a wonderful prize package for best dressed!  And, as it is the 90 year anniversary of the Mighty Wurlitzer and the Queens 90th birthday, Baycourt have decided that all 90 year old’s get  to see the movie for free!

Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $10 - $20
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Monday 29th August - Friday 2nd September - Tauranga Primary Schools' Music Festival 2016 

Tauranga Primary Schools' Music Festival 2016 brings together 28 choirs over five nights from local Primary/Intermediate Schools embracing this year’s theme "Let's Be Friends."

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Jocelyn Bassett Smith who sadly passed away in January this year. Jos will always be remembered as a dedicated treasurer for the Tauranga Primary Schools' Music Festival with a passion for supporting children's singing. A lifetime friend of the festival.

Come and join us for the 61st Tauranga Primary Schools' Music Festival at Baycourt Theatre Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September.

Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $12 - $14
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Sunday 4th September - Mitre 10 Cup Rugby Game and Fans in Town Activations 

Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Rugby Union are inviting fans into town for free live music and pre-match entertainment when the Bay of Plenty Steamers take on Otago in the Mitre 10 Cup match at Tauranga's Domain on Sunday, 4th September.

The Fans in Town activation gives supporters from both teams the chance to enjoy performances and entertainment at Masonic Park from 11am to 2pm and to grab some lunch at one of the many restaurants in town before heading to the game. Soak up the atmosphere, get your face painted in your team colours and enjoy entertainment from Circus in a Flash, Fuse Street Drummers as well as funk and blues band Ahjeez, who have just made it to the top eight out of 700 competitors in this year’s Smokefreerockquest. The main game is expected to kick off at 2.35pm and finishes at around 4pm. All team supporters are invited to end the day with a relaxing evening out at one of the city’s many dining options.

Fans in Town Activations: 11am - 2pm, Masonic Park - free public event 
Rugby Game (BOP Steamers vs Otago): 2.35pm kick off, Tauranga Domain 
Tickets: Tickets for the match are available from www.boprugby.co.nz, ticketmaster outlets www.ticketmaster.co.nz, and at the gate. Ticket prices: $20 adults, $5 child under 14.
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Wednesday 7th September - Under the Same Moon

A heartfelt comedy about daughters and their wayward mothers featuring a cultural crash-course in family love, plenty of laughs, and a few tears.

Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $10 - $25
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Friday 9th September - Saturday 24th September - NZ Regional Tour of Mamma Mia!

A mother, a daughter, 3 possible Dads, a trip down the aisle you will never forget! Over 54 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music of Mamma Mia! The ultimate feel-good musical. This sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Featuring 22 ABBA hits including Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All & Take a Chance on me.

Director: Russell Dixon
Choreographer: Kelsey Andrew
Musical Director: Elise Rohde

Times: Click here for times
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $34 - $49
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Satruday 10th September - The Hipstamatics

La Mexica is excited to announce that they have secured NZ’s funk powerhouse, The Hipstamatics for a one off show at La Mexica in September! Now a household name in the live music community throughout NZ, the 10-piece line up has gone through many changes over the years but has slowly built up its stellar crew with an incredible feat of credentials to back their amazing talents.

Times: 10.00pm - 2.00am
Location: La Mexica Cantina Restaurant, 109 The Strand, Tauranga 
Tickets: $25.00
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Wednesday 21st September - Fawlty Towers Dinner Show 

If full on laughter is what you want; here it is. Join Basil, Sybil, and Manuel for an evening of side splitting comedy. The Fawlty Towers Dinner show is performed with true Python passion, it’s as good as it gets; we can confidently say this is the most outrageous, hilarious Fawlty Towers Dinner Theatre show ever.

Times: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: La Mexica Cantina Restaurant, 109 The Strand, Tauranga 
Tickets: $75.00 (includes 3 course meal and entertainment)
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Friday 30th September - Saturday 1st October - HONK! JR

STEPS PERFORMING ARTS, directed by Paula Harrison presents, HONK! JR, a contemporary comedy musical of the classic tale of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ by Hans Christian Anderson appropriate for everyone in the family. HONK! JR  became a standout by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. The Broadway musical score written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (who wrote Mary Poppins), tells the story of Ugly, whose odd gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbours. Ugly pursued by a hungry cat to leave the farm and on his journey he meets various characters. Along his journey he not only discovers the true beauty and glorious destiny, but he also finds love and acceptance.

Times: Click here for times
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $20 - $30
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Saturday 8th October - Life's a Circus

Presented by: Tauranga Floral Arts Group. Francine has travelled throughout New Zealand and to the east coast of Australia teaching, judging and demonstrating. She was a demonstrator at the 2014 WAFA World Show in Ireland, representing New Zealand as part of an international demonstration. Francine will bring the stage alive with beautiful designs, music, dance and flowers showcasing the beauty that is life.

Time: 4.30pm - 6.45pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $35 - $55
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Sunday 9th October - Triumphs and Other Alternatives

Triumphs and Other Alternatives, collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create an original and visceral new style of dance theatre. Combining dance, visual art, clowning, design, theatrical elements and theatre craft, Ross McCormack produces an exemplary piece of contemporary work.

Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $15 - $49
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Wednesday 12th October - Lizzie Marvelly - The 10 Years Tour

Sir Howard Morrison and Dame Malvina Major introduced the then-teenaged Lizzie Marvelly to the nation in 2006 marking the beginning of Marvelly’s music career – a journey that has included two major international signings, two top-ten albums, a top-fifteen pop debut, European tours, performances throughout Asia and Australia, countless national anthems, and collaborations with musician as diverse as Paul Potts and P-Money.

The 10 Years Tour sees Marvelly perform a handful of shows to mark a decade in the music business, spanning the divide from her early repertoire to brand new songs, and everything in between. Performing with her live band the concerts will feature an eclectic mix of music, from Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art), which she recently performed as a tribute to late rugby legend Jonah Lomu, to Made for You, the Marvelly/P-Money collaboration that featured in the 2015 Stan Walker film Born to Dance.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $49
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Friday 14th - Saturday 15th October - The White Guitar

A stunning new play by The Conch
Directed by Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moriarty.

Following standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, comes The White Guitar. Renowned hip-hop artist Scribe features with his father John and brother Matthias in this stunning new play – the true story of their family, the Luafutus. A grandmother's dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with the reality of hardship and loss: a man's journey from boyhood innocence into the heart of darkness – through violence, drug addiction, prison and gangs – to the possibility of hope, healing and redemption. With the intensity of a live gig, music pumps through the story's veins – from the first songs of a grandmother as she sings along with her white guitar to the power of rock 'n' roll, the beats of hip-hop and church hymns. A story of hardship, loss, hope and healing.

Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $25 - $55
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Saturday 22nd October - The International Youth Silent Film Festival

The International Youth Silent Film Festival is an initiative for students aged 20 years and under, invited to create a three-minute silent film - set to a musical score the filmmakers choose from a list of ten original compositions composed for the festival. Screenings of the top films from around New Zealand will be held at Baycourt on Saturday 22 October 2016, with Nathan Avakian, the festival’s composer, playing the Wurlitzer and Jon JP Palanuk, presenting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The three winning films will compete in the international competition held in Portland, Oregon, USA in June 2017.

Baycourt encourages all young filmmakers and media students to enter by 1 September 2016. Details and submission guidelines are available from www.makesilentfilm.com.

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
General Admission $10
Students/Children FREE
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Tuesday 25th October - The Gruffalo

Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler published by Macmillan Children's Books. After sell-out seasons throughout the world, including the West End and Broadway, and throughout New Zealand in 2010 – 11,The Gruffalo returns in 2016! Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators. Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this big scary monster of a show.

Times: 11.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $28
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Thursday 27th October - Saturday 29th October - State Highway 48

A rock opera (Presented by: Old Rockers Inc.) based on the journey of middle age. Welcome to State Highway as we track the life of an everyday family as they navigate the treacherous road of middle age.

Times: 7.30pm - 9.30pm daily
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $40 - $49.90
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Saturday 29th October - Lloyd Spiegel - one of Australia's leading Blues artists

Lloyd Spiegel, one of Australia's leading Blues artists, is returning on 29th October to Tauranga. Since his 2015 tour, Spiegel's highly acclaimed 'Double Live Set' CD has received four Australian Blues Music Awards, three Victorian Blues Awards and was a finalist at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge Best Album award category.  

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: Tauranga Art Gallery
Tickets: $25 general public/$20 Friends of the Gallery on sale now at Tauranga Art Gallery 07 578 7933
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Sunday 30th - Monday 31st October - A Lion in The Meadow and Other Stories By Margaret Mahy

Presented By: Tim Bray Productions. Celebrating 25 years (1991 – 2016)

A Lion in the Meadow and Other Stories by Margaret Mahy adapted for the stage by Tim Bray, songs by Christine White. Join in the fun as some of Margaret Mahy’s best-loved stories are together into one enjoyable and imaginative show. Magical Mahy comes to life on stage. Featuring Mahy’s stories A Lion in the Meadow, Leaf Magic and The Witch in the Cherry Tree, along with her poems, Magic and The Reluctant Hero, or Barefoot in the Snow.

Bring your class, school or early childhood centre to the shows on Friday 21 October. Public also welcome.
Generous Discounts for groups
Free Teachers’ Resource Guide packed with cross-curricula activities to do before and after your visit to the show
Home School groups welcome

Times: Click here for more information
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $14 - $17
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Wednesday 2nd November - NZSO Presents: Mozart & Beethoven

In this closing programme of the Masterworks series, Edo de Waart showcases the emotional power and technical prowess of the NZSO. The sparkling overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delicious confectionery of sound. Composed when Mendelssohn was 17, it has remained a firm favourite for good reason. As we are led into Shakespeare’s comedy, we can still marvel at the precocious wit that created such magical music.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $15 - $62
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Monday 7th November - Celtic Illusion

Presented by R.K.T.Z Group & Eureka Entertainment

Celtic Illusion’s hallmark individuality, is the creative and seamless fusion of two spellbinding art forms never before seen together on stage - electrifying contemporary Irish dance and awe inspiring grand Illusion with mind-blowing magical elements, incredible choreography, heart-racing music and a sensory experience like no other, audiences will be kept on the edge of their seats and left wanting more. 

Time: 8.00pm - 10.00pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $59.90 $79.90
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Tuesday 8th - Wednesday 9th November - Grease

The West End smash hit musical that features all those unforgettable songs from the movie, and dazzling costumes, GREASE is the original High-School musical. Packed with explosive energy, this high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party is ready to rumble. Since the show’s Broadway premiere in 1972, followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John; which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time, GREASE has triumphed across the globe, striking a universal chord with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.

Time: 8pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $55 - $99.90
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Saturday 12th November - Sunday 13th November - The Nutcracker – Imperial Russian Ballet

Following their sell-out 2015 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to perform The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is famous for Tchaikovsky’s music. The genius of Tchaikovsky created one of the most recognisable and enduring music scores ever written. The illustrious cast of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company enjoy performing The Nutcracker more than any other ballet from their extensive repertoire, especially when they are joined by children from local ballet schools in the cities that they perform in around the world. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994 by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist, Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

12 November 8pm-10pm
13 November 2pm-4pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $60.50 - $98.50
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Satruday 12th November - Sunday 20th November - Downtown Tauranga Garden and Art Festival Displays 

The below cafe sites have been chosen for the "Urban Garden Design Project" where artists will create pop-up interactive gardens and sculptures for the public.


Thursday 17th November - Scott Russell Hill

Australian psychic and best-selling author Scott Russell Hill was born with a unique sense of knowing and is one of the world’s best when it comes to down-to-earth spiritual knowing. His world famous predictions including 9/11 and the Bali Bombings all came amazingly true, and his ability to present accurate details on TV’s Sensing Murder set an awe inspiring bench mark regarding what could be achieved in the field of psychic detective work. Scott’s services are sought by people from all walks of life, the famous and the not so famous, and during his show he will openly discuss his chats with Princess Diana, including what they talked about on the day she died.

Times: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Location: Baycourt
Tickets: $65
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Friday 25th November - Saturday 17th December - 'Allo 'Allo Le Christmas Dinner Show

Join professional actors and comedians: The Prime Suspects as they recreate the nostalgia of this much-loved 1980's British sitcom whilst diners enjoy a delectable three course authentic French meal. Show dates are restricted to an audience capacity of just 75 guests per night so BOOK EARLY!

Show Dates:
Friday November 25th
Saturday November 26th
Thursday 1st December
Friday 2nd December
Saturday 3rd December
Thursday 8th December
Friday 9th December
Saturday 10th December
Friday 16th December
Saturday 17th December

Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: Cafe Versailles, 107 Grey St, Tauranga
Tickets: $85.00 for a 3 course dinner and show
Bookings: Call 07 5741672


Satruday 3rd December - Turstpower Christmas Parade 

Bring your family and friends to Downtown Tauranga to view wonderful floats and entertainment whilst celebrating Christmas with the rest of the Tauranga community.

Time: 11.00am - 11.30am
Parade Route: Starts 2nd Ave, down Devonport Rd, onto The Strand, finishing at Harrington St
Free Public Event  


Friday 9th December - Marley NZ All-Stars Celebrate the Legend 

Tiki Taane, Boh Runga, Logan Bell (Katchafire), Ria Hall, Laughton Kora (Kinetic), Jason Kerrison (OpShop, Babysitters Circus and Fungi), Anna Coddington, Fran Kora (Kora) and P Digsss (Shapeshifter) will perform his biggest hits including Get Up Stand Up, 3 Little Birds, Stir It Up, Redemption Song, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Buffalo Soldier, Punky Reggae Party, Exodus, No Woman No Cry, One Love and many many more.

Time: 5.30pm - 10.00pm
Location: Wharepai Domain, Tauranga 
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Sunday 11th December - Christmas Carols on the Waterfront 

Bring your rugs, cusions and deck chairs and come down to Tauranga's Waterfront to enjoy festive entertainment and listen to your favourite Christmas Carols.

Time: Procesion from No 1 The Strand: 5.40pm, Christmas Carols on the Waterfront: 6.00pm
Location: Edgewater Fan, Tauranga Waterfront 
Free Public Event  


Saturday 31st December - New Years Eve Sausage Sizzle and Fireworks Celebration

Grab your picnic rugs, shade tent and family and come join us celebrate New Years Eve on Tauranga's Waterfront - with a sausage sizzle at 5pm, fireworks at 9.30pm, and after dark enjoy New Years Eve on The Strand followed by more fireworks again at midnight on the Waterfront.

Time: Sausage sizzle 5pm, fireworks 9.30pm and midnight
Location: Tauranga Waterfront 
Free Public Event