New Zealand festivals get $10m boost


New Zealand’s festivals have been given a boost after the government committed NZ$22 million to Creative New Zealand, with another NZ$10 million going to supporting established arts, cultural and diversity festivals.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) said the festival sector support will also be administered by Creative New Zealand.

“While many festivals have survived the pandemic, we know the long tail of COVID-19 has resulted in wide-spread cancellations and postponements,” said MCH chief executive Laulu Mac Leauanae.

“The new funding will give confidence to festival organisers to plan and host festivals in 2023.”

Chair of the Arts Council Caren Rangi said the funding boost will be welcomed after the cumulative effects of the pandemic restrictions.

“The benefits of this extra money will extend so much further than to the artists and festivals who receive this funding,” Rangi said.

“The creative sector is crucially important to the economy and has a profound effect on the wider wellbeing of our communities. Arts events like festivals bring our towns and cities to life. They give us all an opportunity to come together, connect and be inspired.”