Welcome to Spiegel Fest! 

Kia ora!

It is a real treat for us here at Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) to dust off the incredible Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent and bring it back after a lonely few years of sitting in containers due to COVID disruptions. 

Spiegel Fest 2022 celebrates the power of the arts.

It celebrates the power to add vibrancy to our community and to enrich our region culturally. It celebrates the economic power – to inject spending into our CBDs and our hospitality businesses and attract visitors. But most importantly, the power to make us feel good – to invigorate social connections and community well-being. It’s the end-of-year celebration we all deserve.

Arts Festivals are all about bringing people together, building connections, and sharing live experiences, and that has been a difficult thing to do in a pandemic. Yet research found that as a country, we’re more optimistic than ever about the vital role the arts play in our lives, particularly navigating life in a pandemic. Evidence has shown regular engagement in arts and culture is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, lower mental distress, and better mental functioning. We firmly believe the arts matter and have a crucial role in our recovery.

We invite you to buy a ticket or attend one of our free events — to connect, participate and celebrate. 

We look forward to seeing you in the Spiegeltent this November!


Megan Brown

Artistic Director, Taranaki Arts Festival

Around Taranaki 

We've programmed the festival with performances around the wider region, Waitara, Hāwera and Ōpunake, so that the vibrancy and excitement these shows bring reaches beyond the New Plymouth CBD

around Taranaki

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