Pacific Dance Fest 2018
Pacific Dance Fest 2018
February 2018

Pacific Dance Festival 2018 on The Way

The Pacific Dance Festival is Aotearoa's only contemporary and heritage Pacific dance festival of its type and 2018 marks the third year of the festival.

Held primarily at the Mangere Arts Centre the festival began life as a presentation vehicle for the representation of works from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Laboratory as a means to offer audiences (and dancers and choreographers in the works) the opportunity to experienced these works after further development from their initial laboratory development and display. 

Since then the festival has grown to accommodate a broader range of dance and artists representing a plethora of styles and artistic expression reflecting the expansive nature of Pacific dance generally within Aotearoa and around the globe.

Apart from dance, the festival offers audiences the opportunity to also experience a Pacific Dance Costuming Exhibition co-curated by new vision artist Rosanna Raymond and festival director Sefa Enari and co-presented by the Auckland Museum and Pacific Dance New Zealand.

Festival and Exhbition Launch - Saturday 2nd June 10am

The Pacific Dance Festival #PACDANCEFEST2018 and Pacific Dance Costuming Exhibition will officially launch at Mangere Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd June at 10am. 

Pacific Dance New Zealand welcomes the Pacific dance community, Auckland and Aotearoa's arts communities and the general public to attend the launch and start your #PacificDanceMonth with a bang.

The programme for the festival will be released soon but special events will only be released on the day of the launch - so please look out for these.

Please follow the festival on #Facebook to keep uptodate with goings-ons or check back on for more.

December 2017

Pacific Dance Festival 2018: Call for Expressions of Interest

Pacific Dance NZ now invites dancers and choreographers to submit Expressions of Interest for the 2018 Pacific Dance Festival.

The festival is now in its third year and 2018 looks to be the biggest yet.

Check the festival tab above to find out more about past Pac Dance Fest year's.

The Pacific Dance Festival 2018 will be held at the Mangere Arts Centre in Mangere, Auckland, between the 13th June - 25th June 2018.

If you wish to submit an expression of interest in being part of the festival please see below:

EOI open for submission - 16 October 2017

EOI due date - 5th January 2018 at 3pm

Inform artists – January 2018

Performance Season – June 2018

Please submit:

1.A brief CV highlighting your performance or arts achievements

2.A brief description of your work, including why you would like to stage it at the Pacific Dance Festival 2018

3.An indication of the number of dancers involved and or any other staging requirements.

4.Support material i.e. links or footage of the proposed work.

* Dance works must be performance ready

Please send your EOI’s to Cilla at call 09 376 00 60.

In Detail:

Tama Toa and Wahine Toa shows: 10-15 minutes in length,

Double Bills: at least 25 - 30 minutes in length each,

Full length shows: at least an hour in length,

Shows need to be performance ready (i.e. we don't cover rehearsal times),

We will accept demonstrations, community workshops or works in progress showings during the festival, i.e. a series of public dance workshops or heritage dance presentations. 

Shows can be heritage to contemporary in style and form but must have a major Pacific dance starting point or theme. 

We will provide letters of support for funding i.e. CNZ Quick response,

Performances will take place in Auckland (mostly at Mangere Arts Centre - Ngā Tohu o Uenuku but not necessarily only this venue) during the period June 2018,

Send through any links of the work or we can organise a time to come out to rehearsals once EOIs have been submitted.

*Works from the wider Pacific region welcome and support letters may be provided. Please contact us to discuss possible arrangements.

Click on the links below to view some highlights of the 2017 Pacific Dance Festival c/o