For Schools


Schools meet the Arts at the Festival

In partnership with Auckland Airport 

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

SmartsFest 2017 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.

Bringing your students to shows early in Term 1 is a great way to inspire and enrich their curriculum studies by exposing them to the best locally and internationally-acclaimed drama, dance, music and visual arts on offer in Auckland in March.

SmArtsFest offers heavily discounted tickets to schools dedicated matinees and selected evening shows.

Click on each image for full show information, extras for teachers and booking forms.

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


Please call or e mail for further enquiries

Marama Lloydd - Programme Manager Education and Community 
DDI 09 374 0316 I


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...make this show a priority. You won’t see anything like it again any time soon
Power Plant
Auckland Domain A rare opportunity for visual and sonic arts students to experience a series of art works that emerge from the natural surroundings creating strange, thoughtful and intoxicating atmospheres in sound and light. Years 9-13 shortlist
Q Loft A delicious dark comedy with a thrilling twist, taking us behind the walls of a NZ Correctional Facility, where hardened inmates come face to face with a whole new nightmare: Shakespeare classes with Miss Lucy! Years 11-13 shortlist
Te Oro A delicious dark comedy with a thrilling twist, taking us behind the walls of a NZ Correctional Facility, where hardened inmates come face to face with a whole new nightmare: Shakespeare classes with Miss Lucy! Years 11-13 shortlist
The experience and skill of the acting ensemble allows the truths inherent in Mc...
The Biggest
Q Rangatira Using humour to tell a true story of living with prejudice in rural New Zealand and with an ensemble of some of NZ's most experienced actors, this contemporary Māori story is the third in award winning writer Jamie McCaskill's Thames trilogy Years 9-13 shortlist
A contemporary response to Henrik Ibsen’s classic.
Peer Gynt [recycled]
ASB Waterfront Theatre This funny-serious meta-theatrical experience is bold, raucous and irreverent with Kiwi playwright Eli Kent featuring as a central character in a wild ride through the life and times of one of literature’s most charming ratbags. Years 12 - 13
Dance, martial arts, the APO and a children’s choir meet in this bold new work f...
Great Hall AWA is a multi-disciplinary collaboraton between Atamira Dance Company and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.Storytelling told through contemporary dance, kapa haka, tai chi and an 80-strong choir from Auckland schools and communities. Years 5-13 shortlist
the West Side Story of the 21st century
The Civic Dance, music and media students will appreciate the innovation of Cirque Éloize's theatrical combination of contemporary circus with music, dance and theatre in a path-breaking and original manner. Years 7 - 13
a moving synthesis of man and nature, east and west, death and rebirth” ....Lin ...
ASB Theatre Immersed in meditation, martial arts, Qi Gong and modern dance, Cloud Gate DanceTheatre's Rice is a choreographic odyssey - an astounding depiction of the life cycle of rice and humankind.Years 9 -13 shortlist
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The Encounter
ASB Theatre The extraordinary true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, lost in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon in 1969 and the startling encounter that is to change his life. Years 12-13.
a razor-sharp delight
The Civic This homage to horror films is a masterclass in time-and-motion stagecraft with Jakop’s Ahlbom's renown for creating filmic effects on stage realised through elaborate sequences performed with brilliant physical virtuosity. Years 12-13 shortlist
★★★★ Heart-wrenching, hilarious...possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever...
Every Brilliant Thing
Q Rangatira This brilliantly funny play about depression with its mix of comedy, interaction and sharp writing, will ensure a worthwhile experience and much discussion around the issues involved. Years 12-13 shortlist
visceral, emotional intensity blended with impressive technical excellence
Natalia Osipova & Guests
ASB Theatre Ballet super star Natalia Osipova experiments with contemporary choreography in a triple bill of brilliant technique, vivid characterisation and electrifying energy, commissioned from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita. Years 9-13 shortlist