Thanks to everyone who came along and supported our 2019 Festival Events!
Here they were…

Cambridge Can Dance


Come along and see talented dancers of all ages, skilled in a variety of different styles – contemporary dance, ballet, tap, rock ‘n’ roll, and a feast of international dances from Scotland, Ireland, India, China and Latin America.

Experience the colour and exuberance. Each group will dance for 15-20 minutes and show off the considerable skills they have worked to perfect in their particular dance style. Come and be inspired – perhaps you will want to take up dance yourself!

WHEN: Friday 22 March
AT: 7pm
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall
Gold Coin Donation

Sponsored by: Powerhouse Realty


Kokako’s Song


A wonderful piece of theatre with plenty of laughs, audience participation, beautifully handcrafted life-sized puppetry and original live music.

Children learn a waiata and join in the fun as 6-year-old Angel gets lost in the forest and meets many wonderful native creatures such as a Kiwi, 2 cheeky Fantails, a Giant Snail, a Puriri Moth and even a real live Kokako! 45 minute show for children 3-8 years.

This magically transformative story is all about the importance of connecting with nature and following your heart.

“Delicious really. The children love it all” – Theatreview

WHEN: Saturday 23 March
AT: 11am and 2pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church Hall
ENTRY: Gold coin donation to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari


Cambridge Open Studios Art Tour

10AM – 4PM

Cambridge Autumn Festival and Cambridge Society of Arts brings you Cambridge Open Studios for its second year!

Take a free, self-guided tour of over 20 artists’ studios, experiencing up close the personal workspace of a range of talented Cambridge artists. Share in Cambridge’s flourishing art scene. There will be art of all types to see, and the beauty of it is each studio is different, so it’s going to be a really enjoyable weekend.

Check out all the talented artists on our Open Studios page.

WHEN: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March
AT: 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Artists’ Studios in and around Cambridge (Map available at Paper Plus Cambridge and

Sponsored by: Nova Health

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Main Street Carnival


The main street comes alive on this huge community day. The footpaths are transformed into pop-up entertainment spaces where musicians, dancers and weird and wacky street theatre perform. There’s face painting too for the kids.

It’s a day of entertainment for all ages. Bring the whole family and enjoy the vibe, the music from soloists, choirs, bands and groups, and dancers of all types. It’s an event where local emerging performers have the chance to perform in public, so come along and see what a talented lot we are in Cambridge!

The programme will be in the Cambridge News on Friday 22 March so you can plan your day. Many of the acts will perform twice during the day, so take your time and enjoy all the entertainment that’s on offer.

WHEN: Sunday 24 March
AT: 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Street

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Autumn Art Market


If shopping is your happy place, you will love the popular Autumn Art Market. There will be art to hang on the wall, put in the garden, wear and even eat!

Each year this buzzing Art Market is held during the Cambridge Main Street Carnival Day. 

The Art Market is brimming with original art of all types. Watch artists at work, learn and chat with them – they love to demonstrate their art. When you take a stroll down the street you will see artists painting at their easels, wood turners in action, and wire wrapping demonstrations, to name a few.

Come and see the beautiful glass ware, fashion and jewellery, photography, pottery, and more. 

WHEN: Sunday 24 March
AT: 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Street

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88 Pianos I Have Known - Boogie Pianist Jan Preston






Knockout boogie pianist Jan Preston shares with us her passion for pianos. Projected images combine with unforgettable biographical stories, original songs and piano music, which will move you from tears to laughter. Underpinned by Jan’s thrilling virtuosity, audiences will be tapping and clapping and will leave never looking at a piano in quite the same way again!

Preston has captured audiences around the world with her originality, energy, sparkling charm and gentle wit. Described as “an inspirational and gifted pianist, performer and entertainer with grace, unbelievable dexterity, warmth and poignancy” Preston is sure to be a Festival highlight.

WHEN: Wednesday 27 March
AT: 7.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church
TICKETS: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


The Jews Brothers Band


From the people that brought you “French Toast” comes much loved NZ act The Jews Brothers Band. With a largely original repertoire flavoured with klezmer, the fun and comedy schtick of Yiddish-American music and theatre, jazz improvisation, swing rhythms, and an emphasis on interesting and charming vocal arrangements The Jews Brothers Band have their own unique style.

“It’s not klezmer, it’s not Celtic, it’s not blues, it’s not chanson, it’s not gypsy, it’s not swing… it’s all the above: it’s The Jews Brothers Band!”

WHEN: Thursday 28 March
AT: 7.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church
TICKETS: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


Pecha Kucha


Time to experience Pecha Kucha!

Snappy presentations to connect people, inspire thinking and fuel conversation. Pecha Kucha gets its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, it’s an event that is fast-paced and fun, random yet informative, where 10 speakers present 20 images x 20 seconds per image. A great night out where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts – just about anything really!

WHEN: Thursday 28 March
AT: 7:00pm – 9.30pm (show starts at 7.30pm)
WHERE: Bridges Conference Centre, 28 Duke Street
TICKETS: $15 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


Friday Night Blues & Jazz


Join us for an evening of skillful improvisation as this impressive trio (Richard Adams (violin), Nigel Gavin (guitar), and Neil Billington (blues harmonica) weaves their way from pre-war blues through to the great Chicago blues harp masters, to the ballads of the American song-book and jazz standards of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

Adams is a master of the jazz violin, Gavin is best known as a guitar virtuoso, and Billington is one of New Zealand’s leading exponents of the harmonica. These three outstanding performers combine for a very special concert.

WHEN: Friday 29 March
AT: 8pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church
TICKETS: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

Sponsored by: Forsyth Barr


The Artist - Art Workshop


Renowned New Zealand abstract artist Richard Adams will run an art workshop for painters of all skill levels – “Grand Gestures with Abstract Painting on Location”.

Adams has led numerous art workshops throughout New Zealand. This is a great opportunity to learn in a stimulating and supportive environment. The focus will be on mark making, underpainting, overpainting, gestures and processes which form the basis of painting. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the way light, colour, surface and textures are the essence of good painting.

WHEN: Saturday 30 March
AT: 9am – 2pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church Hall

Phone Alana 07 823 7698

With support from: Waipa District Creative Communities NZ


Incredi-Bubble Science Workshop


Family fun with Whizz Bang Science! Join our knowledge-a-bubble presenter, Emma and discover the amazing science behind soap bubbles. 

Explore and experiment making your own bubbles of all shapes and sizes with our unbelieve-a-bubble stretchy water!  Learn how to put a bubble in a bubble, or try making a different shaped bubble! Suitable for all ages.

WHEN: Saturday 30 March
AT: 9.30am – 10.30am and 11am – 12noon
WHERE: Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street
BRING: A hat and water bottle (in case it’s a hot day). Equipment for the workshop is provided.

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Saturday Live

SATURDAY 30 MARCH, 1.00-5.00PM

Enjoy a lazy afternoon of live music, beverages from Dhall & Nash, and gourmet BBQ from St Kilda Cafe and Bistro. R18 – Adults only. Additional beverages and food available for purchase – cash only.

WHEN: Saturday 30 March
AT: 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall
TICKETS: $35 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*.

Includes live entertainment, a gourmet BBQ plate, and five beverage tastings.

Sponsored by: Dhall & Nash and St Kilda Café & Bistro


Fashion over a Teacup


Hospice Waikato is bringing back its popular Fashion over a Teacup event to the Cambridge Town Hall!

This year, Fashion over a Teacup pays homage to Cambridge’s French sister city Le Quesnoy. It’s an afternoon of high tea and fashion, showcasing the top to toe quality items available for sale from Hospice Waikato shops, all with French flair! Feel free to get in the theme and dress with your own French flair.

WHEN: Sunday 31 March
AT: 1.30pm (show starts at 2pm)
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall
TICKETS: $50 at Paper Plus Cambridge, from or Marie Treleaven at Hospice Waikato, phone (07) 859 1620


Villani Piano Quartet


Led by star Italian pianist Flavio Villani, the Auckland based Villani Piano Quartet is a dynamic ensemble in the New Zealand Chamber Music scene and acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s international quality ensembles.

Flavio (piano), Marco Pop Rostov (violin), Sarah Spence (cello) and Emma Dann (viola) are returning to the Festival after a well-received recital in 2017. Returning to the Festival after a well-received recital in 2017 the Quartet will perform an exciting recital of works by Mahler, Turina and a New Zealand premiere of Vasks.

WHEN: Sunday 31 March
AT: 2.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church
TICKETS: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

Sponsored by: Herbert Morton




By Ron Blicq directed by John Kelleher.
Cambridge Repertory Society, by arrangement with The NZ Playbureau, delivers an endearing story of transatlantic relationship dilemmas following WW2.

Donald Barlow never knew his Father. Gordon Devereaux never knew he had a son. Following his mother’s death, Barlow hires an investigator who tracks down Gordon Devereaux, who refuses to take any responsibility for the situation. Donald’s daughter Claire determines to find out more, but despite meeting with Devereaux the hoped for closure seems as far away as ever.

WHEN: 23 March – 6 April
AT: Various show times
WHERE: Gaslight Theatre, Alpha Street
TICKETS: Available at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


Find the Cambridge Tree Photo Competition

Winners will be announced Monday 25th March 2019.

In our town of trees, what tree stands out more than all others and deserves the name ‘the Cambridge tree’?

It’s a question the Cambridge Autumn Festival, Cambridge Camera Club and People in Mind joined forces this year to find the answer to through the “Find the Cambridge Tree” photo competition.

The Cambridge Autumn Festival is all about celebrating autumn, a stunning time of year in Cambridge. With spectacular trees all around us, the challenge is to try and find the ‘perfect’ Cambridge tree. Entries close 5pm Friday 8 March. The winner will be announced Monday 25 March during the Cambridge Autumn Festival.

See full details on our Competition page.

Sponsored by: People in Mind 

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