Gala Opening & Cooney Insurance Short Story Awards Night

Wednesday 19 April, 5.30pm-7.00pm

At Rouge Cafe, Empire Street
Tickets: $40 (complimentary entry for “Friends of the Festival”). Bookings – phone Alana MacKay at Rouge Cafe 07 823 9178

The launch of the festival, and an evening of live music and the much anticipated awards ceremony for the annual Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition.

A very special night where we thank our sponsors and Friends of the Festival for their support.


Pecha Kucha Night

Thursday 20 April, 7:30pm
(doors open at 7pm)

At Resthaven Village Centre, 4 Vogel Street
Tickets: $15 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

Time to experience something new! 

Pecha Kucha gets its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”. And it’s the name given to a new style of event, now a worldwide phenomenon. Fast-paced and fun, random yet informative. 7 or 8 presenters have a topic and a time limit.

It’s a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. Each Pecha Kucha presentation is just 6 minutes 40 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace. A great night out.

Directions for Resthaven Village Centre: Entrance at 4 Vogel Street next to the Community Gardens. 

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COMPETITION!! Be the Book Photography Challenge

Competition opens 8 March and closes 7 April. Prizegiving at the Cambridge Library Friday 21 April, 6pm.


Is that really ‘The Boss’ in the Cambridge Library? 
Don’t be fooled folks, it’s the ‘Be the Book Photography Competition!’
Waipa Libraries have teamed up with the Cambridge Autumn Festival this year and are bringing you a quirky and fun competition that will utilise your book selection skills as well as your photography skills.

Simply match up your face or body with a book’s cover, take a picture, send it to and you could win! There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs provided by our sponsor People in Mind.

Click here for the entry form.

The winning photos will be exhibited in the Cambridge Library from Friday 21 April to Monday 1 May.


LYRICA "Hooray for Hollywood" Premiere

Friday 21 April, 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge
Tickets: $28 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

Celebrating songs that have been immortalised in film! Lyrica takes us on a journey of glitz, glamour and iconic moments from the silver screen, with their premiere of “Hooray for Hollywood”.

We get to see this amazing new show first in Cambridge!

Lyrica’s last Cambridge Autumn Festival show was a sell out, so be in quick.

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Whitehall Ridge Traverse

Saturday 22 April, 9.15am-4.30pm

539 Brunskill Road, Whitehall (sign posted)

Tickets: $20 per adult, $10 youth (16 and under) at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

Proceeds to: Whitehall Settlers Hall Association

Enjoy a 17km walk up and along the Whitehall Ridge, through nine beautiful pastoral properties. A fabulous day’s hiking! Experience glorious 360 degree views of the Waikato and mountains in the distance.

BBQ lunch will be provided at the woolshed on the high point before heading to Lovers Rock, with outlooks to the Shire. A beautiful downhill bush walk into the valley will then take you to the return shuttle.

Bring suitable clothing for the weather and a drink bottle. BBQ lunch is provided but if  you think you need snacks along the way, bring them along too. 

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Julie Thomas Crime Writer

Saturday 22 April, 10.30am-11.30am

St Andrew’s Church Hall – Lounge

Much-loved New Zealand author of three novels and seven feature film scripts, Julie talks about life as a crime writer.


Richard Adams Art Workshop

Saturday 22 April, 11am-4pm

St Andrew’s Church Hall, Cambridge
Tickets: $25

Richard Adams is back by popular demand!

Renowned contemporary New Zealand abstract artist Richard (pictured) will run an all day workshop on “Grand Gestures with an Abstract Painting on Location”. It is open to painters of all skill levels, including people who have never painted.

The workshop will focus on creating great paintings on location. Mark making, under-painting, over-painting, and essential gestures and processes form the basis of painting. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the way light, colour, surface, textures and gestures in the abstract form are still the essence of good painting. Paper will be supplied, but bring your own paint (whether it is oil, acrylic or watercolour), and brushes, palette knives and so on.

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Random Acts of Poetry Day

Saturday 22 April, all day


Time for poetry, people!

Keep an eye out in town for random acts of poetry. Be daring, and do some yourself!

And keep an eye out downtown for Sue Edmonds, farming and science writer turned poet, reciting her latest poetic creations. And there will be some other poets on the day too. Come and check it out.


Main Street Carnival

Sunday 23 April, 10am-2pm

Victoria Street, Cambridge

Fun for everyone! The main street comes alive on this huge community day. Bring the whole family and enjoy the great vibe.

You will love the weird and wacky street performers, plus the music and dance of fabulous local performers.


Autumn Art Market

Sunday 23 April, 10am-2pm

Victoria Street, Cambridge

If shopping is your happy place, you will love the popular Autumn Art Market.

Brimming with original art, photography, fashion, jewellery, pottery, sculpture, woodwork and more!

Watch, learn and chat with the working artists and creative groups, and get the kids to have a go at the “Waipa Rocks” community activity.


Best Little Playhouse Competition & Auction

4 teams have constructed, painted and created the Best Little Playhouse. 

They will all be revealed at the Main Street Carnival, Sunday 23 April.

The fabulous playhouse (pictured) created by St Peter’s Cambridge Year 10 students will be live auctioned midday (at the Main Street Carnival, outside Rouge Cafe, Empire Street). The other 3 amazing Playhouses (created by ANZ, BNZ and Westpac teams) will be auctioned online.

Proceeds to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.


The Parsons Autumn Accents - Evening of Jazz & Contemporary

Wednesday 26 April, 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge
Tickets: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

An unmissable night of jazz and contemporary music by the talented Parsons family & friends. 

Enjoy the cool tones of the Ian Parsons Jazz Quartet joined by the warm vibrancy of Kat Parsons (East of Queen) and mellow hues of Harry Parsons, who will introduce his new single ‘Crown’.

These two young singer songwriters, originally from Cambridge, are busy forging their individual careers, and are joining their Dad and his quartet for a unique and colourful evening of music.

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Cambridge Festival Orchestra

Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge
Tickets: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

A night for orchestral music lovers, this special orchestra has been formed to play at the festival.

Conducted by well-known Waikato conductor James Tennant (bottom picture), the programme will feature popular works by Bartok, Schumann and Dvorak and will include rising star and award winning cellist Matthias Balzat who will reprise his recent performance with the NZSO in Christchurch.

Sponsored by Forsyth Barr.

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"Friday Finale"

Friday 28 April, 4-9pm

Lake Street, Cambridge


For the Friday Finale Day of World Masters Games in Waipa 2017 there will be…

Live music! Food trucks! Street entertainers! Free ice cream and face painting for the kids!


Star & Garter Burlesque Show

Saturday 29 April, 8pm – 11pm
(doors open at 7pm for a pre-show build-up)

R18. For adults.
Gaslight Theatre, 8 Alpha Street, Cambridge
Tickets: $28, only from*

Star & Garter Burlesque Show serves up a delicious mix of lavish performers, extravagant costumes oozing glitz, glamour and sophistication.

Burlesque is risque, decadent and always a great night out. Set in the intimate surroundings of the Gaslight Theatre. Dress to impress.

Bar will be open and light food available.

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Fashion over a Teacup


Sunday 30 April, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Presented by Hospice Waikato

Cambridge Town Hall
Tickets: $50 includes a complimentary glass of bubbles and high tea.

Join us for an afternoon of high tea and fashion. On arrival enjoy a glass of bubbles, then sip and savour tea from vintage china while enjoying delicately made sandwiches and mini sweet treats.

**Profiling iconic 1960s fashion designer Michael Mattar.**

The fashion parade will feature over thirty couture garments from renowned New Zealand designer Michael Mattar, a collection of vintage and art deco clothing, jewellery and accessories, and men’s fashion and accessories.

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Especially for seniors… there is a free shuttle to Festival events, thanks to Gaylene and Dave Callaghan from Showtime Travel Connect, as well as the Cambridge Resthaven Trust. Bookings essential for shuttle – phone 823 9170.

* Cash, cheque or Eftpos payment at Paper Plus Cambridge.
Fees apply when purchasing tickets from