Southland Arts Festival 2019
Venture Southland

Time to put up our feet!

The 2019’s bumper festival is over for another year and we’d like to thank you for your tremendous support.

We’ve loved bringing you the very best in entertainment from around the country and we look forward to sharing your 2020’s season as it rolls around.

You can keep up-to-date with events on our Facebook page where we’ll continue to share news and happenings as they come to hand.

The Dust Palace


Special Event

A sumptuous selection of world-class circus, comedy and music acts brought together by world class athletes and performers, Human is a one-night only evening of pure revelry, featuring peerless acrobats, divine aerial dance, spectacular circus skills and universal comedy

3 May - ILT Stadium

Kiss The Sky


versatility, virtuosity and artistry in Kiss The Sky

10 April - SIT Centrestage

The BeatGirls' 21st


THE party of the festival!

10 May - SIT Centrestage

The Road That Wasn't There


Trick of the light, thoroughly enchanting and totalling engrossing

27 April - SIT Centrestage 28 April - Fiordland Community Centre, Te Anau

My Best Dead Friend


Hilarious and refreshing

1 & 2 May - Repertory House

The South Afreakins


Paterson takes us on a journey with wit and emotional insight

8 & 9 May - Repertory House

Shot Bro

Confessions of a Depressed Bullet


An extraordinarily insightful comedic and entertaining show

8 & 9 May - Repertory House

Swamp Thing


Splendid musicans, a plethora of musical genres

4 May - Repertory House

Jane Doe


Vital, important, attention-grabbing

1 & 2 May - Repertory House

Celebrate Story


New Zealand narratives and Jewish wisdom with Mona Williams

10, 11 & 15 May - Various

The Book Lovers' Dinner

with Nalini Singh

Literary Arts

Nalini Singh, best-selling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guide Hunter, Rock Kiss and Hard Play series.

15 May - Kelvin Hotel

Brodsky Quartet


Pushing musical boundaries since 1972

16 May - Civic Theatre

Around The World In Song

A Capella Singers


Taking you from Britain to Russia to the Americas

16 May - First Presbyterian Church

Venus In Fur


Seductive, erotic and darkly funny

24 - 27 April - Repertory House

Tom Maxwell & The Killergrams


Solid blues, country and alt-rock

11 May - Repertory House

Southland Photographic Society Exhibition


10 April - 16 May - E Hayes & Sons

Nau mai, haere mai!

Welcome to 2019’s amazing celebration of creativity!

For the last ten years our aim has been to present a line-up of talent that exceeds your expectations. This year is no different. I’m pretty sure that the programme will enthral, challenge and entertain you, in equal measures!

The festival continues to support diversity and accessibility, engaging with the health and disability sectors, schools and rest homes, to provide opportunities for more people to experience these amazing shows. We’re very lucky to have such great support from funders and business partners to do this, and to keep ticket prices as low as possible.

To all our visiting artists, crews and volunteers: thank-you for everything that you bring to the festival. We know you’ll have a great time.

Finally, to our loyal and trusting audiences: Enjoy yourselves and please do share your experiences whenever/wherever you can!

Angela Newel
Angela Newell
Festival Director

Ticketing Information

Under 30’s
If you are under 30 then selected shows at this year’s festival are just $20 per ticket! ID required when purchasing tickets and booking fees apply.

Concession Tickets
Seniors, unwaged and students may purchase tickets at the concession price, with appropriate identification. Booking fees apply.

Where To Get Tickets
Tickets may be purchased on line at or at outlets:

  • Chamber of Commerce, SIT Arcade, Esk St, Invercargill
  • ICC Booking Office, 101 Esk St, Invercargill
  • ILT Stadium Southland, Isabella St, Invercargill
TicketDirect services fees are in addition to the advertised price of shows. Subject to availability, door sales may be available from one hour prior to all shows.

Please contact ticketing outlets for details about venues’ accessibility for mobility aids. Special bookings for the disability, health or education sectors, with complimentary tickets for companions, may be accommodated. Contact Venture Southland (03 211 1400) for details.

Thank you to our sponsors