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SmartsFest 2015

Schools Meet the Arts at the Festival
Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi, ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa!
Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder!

SmartsFest 2015 offers students unique opportunities, through the power of creativity and the thrill of the arts, to engage with the cultures, politics, people and times that have shaped and are shaping the world we live in. 
Come and experience the best locally and internationally-acclaimed drama, dance, music and visual arts and get up close with artists during workshops, post-show Q & As and SmartsTalks.

Scroll down for details of all the Festival shows your students can experience to enrich their curriculum studies.
We have dedicated schools shows and selected evening shows in Auckland’s CBD and regional centres, all at heavily discounted prices for schools.

Click on the images for full show information and the booking form.

Once booked, our Education managers will liaise with you personally to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for you and your students.

Year Levels are indicated as guidelines only.
please call or e mail for further enquiries -

Tracey Marama Lloydd - Programme Manager Education and Community
09 374 0316

With support from

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Visual Arts SmartsFest
AAF 2015 celebrates the work of leading New Zealand and International artists and delivers a wealth of arts experiences for students of all ages across the city.
If I had super powers it would be the power to talk Māori.
3 - 5 March Q Rangatira From award winning playwright and actress Nancy Brunning comes this compelling and emotional story about the journey of a whānau set amidst the political and social climate of New Zealand in the 1970s and 80s. Matinee available plus preview Tues 3 Mar 7.3
I am not normal; I am Chinese
The Mooncake and The Kūmara
4 - 10 March Q Loft Interlaced with fable and myth, this story of a love affair, told in English, Māori and Cantonese, reveals an important page from our history rarely told. Preview show available Wed 4 March - 7pm
APO Composer-in-Residence Kenneth Young's new composition is a vision of a world...
Water and Light
4 March Great Hall Based on words from age old great writers, APO Composer-in-residence Kenneth Young's new composition is combined with visuals by multi-media artist Tim Gruchy
..a proliferation of striking, unforgettable images, nothing short of epic....
6 March ASB Theatre Powerful, immersive and visionary, MAU stuns with extreme physicality and dramatic, singular storytelling.
McGregor's supreme vocal talent is evident as she makes children's favourites so...
6 March Paradiso Spiegeltent, Aotea Square An award winning 50 minutes of snappy groovin' jazz programmed especially for lower primary students aged five to seven-years old. A great musical experience!
Tafelmusik ranks among the world's top period ensembles
Tafelmusik : HOUSE OF DREAMS
6 March Great Hall A music concert with projected images of great works of art, taking audiences on a magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music
Funny, wildly dangerous and irresistible
9 March The Civic This playful show features ordinary office workers performing extraordinary feats: physical theatre, parkour, circus and neck-breaking dare-devil stunts.
"fierce, unforgettable dancers and repertoire...'
Cedar Lake
12 March The Civic Witness the convergence of innovation, extreme beauty and athleticism and celebrate the kind of fearlessness and beauty only dance like this can offer.
... see this production if it's the only theatre outing you have this year. It's...
12 March ASB Theatre Set in today's Congo, this is an inspired and provocative adaptation of Verdi's arresting and intense opera. "See this production if it's the only theatre outing you have this year. It's an unforgettable musical and dramatic experience " The Argus, SA.
Absolutely brilliant...just as Shakespeare helped shape English, rap has dramati...
Othello: The Remix
16 March Bruce Mason Centre A fresh, urban and utterly genius take on Othello served up by America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip-hop.
Breaking the conventional norms of the theatre
The Kitchen
17 March SKYCITY Theatre Drama, drums and dessert take centre stage with this multi-sensory Indian theatrical experience, where cooking turns into a metaphor for life – and audiences get a taste when the show is over!