The much-loved biennial UPSURGE festival is back, bringing a stellar line-up of performances by many talented artists from our very own Aotearoa and around the globe.
UPSURGE Festival has now been extended from five to six action-packed days and nights, with performances to be held in specially selected venues around the Bay of Islands – from the rustic Waimate North Showgrounds Hall, over to the iconic Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell and out to the historic town of Rawene on the west coast.
With twenty-seven performances showcasing a smorgasbord of theatre, dance, cabaret, writers events, free street theatre and more, the Festival promises to offer something for everyone.
Demonstrating there's more to festivals than music and theatre, UPSURGE Talks is part of the 2019 line-up. Seven well-known New Zealanders share their poetry, historic insights, unpretentious food and thoughts on politics, life, health and the arts. UPSURGE are excited to include NZ poet Glenn Colquhoun, who returns to Northland and joins the Festival for three separate sessions. Glenn offers an intimate hour of poetry and reflection out in Rawene; he joins fellow doctors and artists Art Nahill and Chris Reid to discuss The Art of Healing; and he explores our history in songs and poetry using foot high totems of New Zealand historical figures.
UPSURGE is also offering a special programme of selected performances for primary and secondary schools across the Bay of Islands region. The programme is promoted directly to teachers to enable them to link the festival experience with the school curriculum and maximise learning opportunities in the arts.
The Book Council is proud to help support school visits by poet and doctor Glenn Colquhoun as part of UPSURGE. For more information about the school programme, click here.