Whats On



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

Friday 17th October to Sunday 22nd February 2015- Euan Macleod: The Painter in the Painting - Tauranga Art Gallery

Although he has been based in Sydney for more than 30 years, Euan Macleod has constantly returned to the country of his birth, making art and exhibiting here. Alongside Australian images, this exhibition features works inspired by the Bay of Plenty, Lyttelton Harbour, and the Southern Alps. In the Gallery Atrium Macleod will be presenting a new work of White Island, the largest he has produced to date.

Saturday 15th November to Sunday 8th February 2015- The Garden of Forking Paths - Tauranga Art Gallery

New works from Dunedin artist Anya Sinclair feature in The Garden of Forking Paths, which opens on 15 November, and runs through the summer months at the Gallery. The exhibition features 18 of the artist's works.

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/

Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Januray 2015 and Saturday 7th and Friday 13th February 2015- Outdoor Movie Nights with The Phoenix, Masonic Park

Come along and enjoy some movie greats such as The Matrix, Titanic, Star Wars Episode IV and many more, outside! Showtime begins at 8:30 pm apart from horror night on Friday 13th February which begins at 9:30pm including fancy dress! 

Tuesday 3rd January to Saturday, 7th February 2015 - COBB & CO Restaurant & Saloon Tauranga Summer Shuttle

Check the Edge Cobb & Co Summer Shuttle outside of Cobb & Co Tauranga!
The Edge Cobb & Co. Summer Shuttle started the last Sunday in December! This FREE shuttle will pick you up from Cobb & Co. Tauranga on The Strand and take you to a variety of locations over the holiday period to save you parking hassles! Even better, we are giving away $10 Cobb & Co. Gift Vouchers on board.
Go to The Edge Cobb & Co Summer of Fun information at THE Edge for more info.  

Sunday 4th & 25th January 2015 and Sunday 8th & 22nd February 2015 - Lazy Sunday Jazz - U4RIA, Comida.

3pm to 6pm. U4RIA is a dynamic and experienced jazz group led by vocalist Carol Power.

Tuesday 2nd January 2015 - Sunday 2nd February 2015 - David Poole Exhibition, Creative Tauranga 

You are also invited to joing the artist at an open reception on Friday 9th January, between 5pm and 7pm. 

Friday 30th January - Summer Boat Party, The Waterfront, The Strand

7:30pm to 11pm. Come along and have a great night out on a fully licensed boat departing from The Waterfront opposite Starbucks and returning to the same spot. Tickets can be purchased from www.dashtickets.co.nz

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - Business @ the Library - Guest Speaker Bridget Cummins, Tauranga City Library

5:30pm to 6:30pm. Our next Speaker in our Business @ the Library series is Bridget Cummins from Craigs Investment Partners. Bridget will join us to discuss the basics of KiwiSaver. To RSVP please emai: michelle.sims@tauranga.govt.nz

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th February - One Love Summer Festival, Tauranga Domain

Friday 4pm to 10:30pm & Saturday 2pm to 10:30pm. NZ's biggest up & coming reggae festival is back! Bigger than ever before! Featuring high profile acts Katchafire, The Black Seeds, Stan Walker, Sons Of Zion and many more! Full line up and tickets available at www.onelovefestival.co.nz

Thursday 12th February 2015 - Raymond Crowe - The Unusualist, Baycourt

7:30pm to 9pm. This highly sought-after entertainer returns with his own intimate, extraordinary and unconventional show. Brimming with originality and unusuality!

Friday 13th February 2015 - Tattletale Saints, Baycourt 

8pm to 10:15pm. Fresh off the back of their Tui win in January 2014, Tattletale Saints relocated to Nashville Tennessee to embark on a 50-date tour of the United States. This time spent in the vibrant Nashville music scene inspired a change in the band’s sound, and they welcome celebrated NZ drummer Tom Broome for this, their 5th New Zealand tour.

Saturday 14th February 2015 - Soweto Gospel Choir, Baycourt 

8pm. One of the world’s most renowned vocal groups is coming to Tauranga for the first time! The energy, colour and divine sound of Soweto Gospel Choir will make for a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day concert. Don’t miss this special event dedicated to the memory of Nelson Mandela, one of the choir’s biggest fans. Tickets available at www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 21st February 2015 - Public Art Talks, Baycourt 

This talk series is your opportunity to find out more about public art and have your say. There are always a lot of questions when it comes to public art and a public art policy. Define public art. Who pays? What does a policy do? What will it add to our city? What is known is that cities that have an active public art commissioning and urban enhancement programme experience social, economic and cultural benefits. “Public art adds meaning and uniqueness. It humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces” – America’s Public Art Network Council. Listen to great conversations between artists, commissioners, tangata whenua, urban designers, strategists, historians and curators from here and around the country. Everyone is welcome, entry by koha. Drop in on a talk, or come along for the day. No reservations. First talk starts at 9:30am, for more information on talk times and topics visit www.baycourt.co.nz 

Wednesday 4th March 2015 - Freddy Kempf's Beethoven, Baycourt

7:30pm to 12:00am. Nobody plays Beethoven like Freddy Kempf. He’s a charismatic force of nature at the piano, adored for his on-stage energy and mesmerising finger work. Don’t miss a dazzling night in the concert hall confirming why Beethoven endures as a classical superstar. (With pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to concert).

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

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"!

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.

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. 

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".

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 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!

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.