Now in its 20th year, the annual Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is the Waikato’s premier arts event. This vibrant outdoor festival showcases an exciting collection of the region’s creative community and a curated selection of national and international touring shows, all set within the stunning backdrop of the Hamilton Gardens.

The festival provides unique arts experiences that engage a wide selection of the community, both in Hamilton and the wider Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. Music, theatre, dance, comedy, family events and garden experiences provide opportunities to inspire, and to be inspired, each year – enriching the lives of the many who attend as well as performers and volunteers alike.

The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is delivered by the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival Foundation, a registered charitable foundation. The Foundation Board includes Chris Williams (Chair), Geoff Turkington, Raewyn Sporle, Sandra Braithwaite, Jason Dawson, Graeme Cairns, Tamsin Webb and Janet Sceates.

Our mission as an organisation is to curate an international arts festival which attracts and engages new audiences, celebrates the Mighty Waikato using the unique performance platform of the Hamilton Gardens, and offers free access to the arts for everyone within the region.


We have a wonderful team working hard to bring you a fantastic Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in 2019:

Co-Directors Sally Barnett and Bronwyn Bent

Technical Director Nik Janiurek

Sponsorship Manager/Operations Coordinator Gloria Yehia

Publicist Elisabeth Easther

Assistant Publicist Catherine Wallace

Audience Engagement Coordinator Morgan Whitaker


We would also like to acknowledge the following organisations for their work behind the scenes:

Marketing Management King St Advertising

Administration and Accounts Management Cleland Hancox


Major Festival Partners

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Media Partners

Premiere Delivery Partners

Major Funders

Community Grants

Delivery Partners