SATURDAY 7 APRIL: "The Day the Costumes Stuck"



Dress up in your favourite costume and join illustrator and comic artist Toby Morris for an interactive exploration of his book “The Day the Costumes Stuck”. Help Toby create new characters, enjoy story time, have a boogie, and take part in Q&A.

Recommended for children 8 years and under.

WHEN: Saturday 7 April
AT: 10.30am
WHERE: Cambridge Library

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SUNDAY 8 APRIL: Mother & Daughter High Tea






A unique event for mothers and primary school aged girls, which shows how easy it is to celebrate in a sustainable way. Join us for great local food, fun activities and a good dose of inspiration.

Brought to you by Mainstream Green, with support from Waipa District Council and Emma’s Food Bag.

WHEN: Sunday 8 April
AT: 10.30 – 11.30am
WHERE: Leamington Band Rotunda
TICKETS: Combination Mother & Daughter ticket $20, at

Note: This event will be filmed and content used for educational purposes.


SUNDAY 8 APRIL: Fashion over a Teacup





Featuring the RECREATE competition

Join us for an afternoon of high tea and fashion.

Fashion over a Teacup is back but with an exciting new feature – RECREATE – a competition where amateur designers create a ‘wearable’ garment using items from Hospice Waikato’s shops.  The show will also feature a collection of vintage and art deco pieces selected from the shops. A fundraising event for Hospice Waikato. 

WHEN: Sunday 8 April
AT: 2pm
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall

TICKETS: $50 includes a free glass of bubbles and high tea. Tickets at Paper Plus Cambridge, from or Marie Treleaven at Hospice Waikato, phone (07) 859 1620


MONDAY 9 APRIL: Cooney Insurance Short Story Awards & Festival Opening Night





The much anticipated awards ceremony for the annual Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition. With a record number of entries, it promises to be an exciting evening.

WHEN: Monday 9 April
AT: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
WHERE: Cooney Insurance, 48 Empire Street.

TICKETS: $40 includes refreshments. Free entry for Friends of the Festival.
Bookings Essential. Phone Julie 07 827 8013

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TUESDAY 10 APRIL: French Toast





“More French than the French”,

French Toast will entertain with a repertoire of authentic French chansons and forays into Italian and German.

Featuring “the Piaf of the Pacific” Linn Lorkin, French Toast has been delighting audiences for many years, effortlessly taking them on a magic musical carpet ride to an intimate café in the heart of Paris, a piazza on a warm Roman night, and a Berlin cabaret.

With 2018 the centenary of the French town of Le Quesnoy being liberated by soldiers from New Zealand, music lovers will get an opportunity to celebrate Cambridge’s special link to France. What better time to enjoy this “Parisian-chic trio”.

WHEN: Tuesday 10 April
AT: 7.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church

TICKETS: $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

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WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL: Be the Book Photo Competition Awards



Get to the library and get snapping for this quirky, fun competition. Simply match your face or body with a book’s cover and take a picture! Click here for details on how to enter.

Competition closes Thursday 5 April.
Prize giving Wednesday 11 April, 6pm.
The winning photos will be exhibited until 28 April.
WHERE: Cambridge Library

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WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL: Hamilton Big Band

“Swinging through the decades”

Hamilton Big Band are a diverse group of musicians bringing you a variety of Big Band style dance music from the 40s to 80s by artists from Count Basie and Glenn Miller to Norah Jones, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis. You’re sure to have a toe-tapping good time swinging through the decades!

WHEN: Wednesday 11 April
AT: 7.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church

TICKETS: $15 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


THURSDAY 12 APRIL: A Gilbert & Sullivan Night CANCELLED


Ticket holders will be contacted: 
– Paper Plus Cambridge ticket holders can receive a full refund from Paper Plus.
– ticket holders will be refunded online.


THURSDAY 12 APRIL: Pecha Kucha Night

From the Japanese word for ‘chit-chat,’ Pecha Kucha celebrates the unique stories we all have to tell.

Pecha Kucha Nights give a platform to a wide range of people, to speak on a diversity of topics. Each presenter has just 20 seconds for each of their 20 images. Pecha Kucha events connect people, fuel conversation & inspire thinking with topics ranging from the intellectual to the sublime to the hilarious.

Join us for an evening celebrating innovation, design and the human experience.

WHEN: Thursday 12 April
AT: 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall

TICKETS: $15 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*


FRIDAY 13 APRIL: Black Friday Cambridge

In Cambridge Friday 13 April!

You never know what you might find!!

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FRIDAY 13 APRIL: Cambridge Edition Short-Film Competition

The Cambridge Edition inaugural Short-Film Competition is open to secondary school students in Cambridge. There will be prizes for Best Actor, Best Videography and Best Story/Script Writing. A People’s Choice vote will also be held on Neighbourly.

Winners will be announced Friday 13 April, 5pm at Tivoli Cinema.

Sponsored by Milk and Honey Media, Cambridge Photo and Print, Neighbourly and Cambridge Edition.


FRIDAY 13 APRIL: What We Do in the Shadows Movie

Rated: R13
Taika Waititi teams up with Jemaine Clement to present this bloody comedy about the travails of a flat of vampires. Reality TV-style cameras tag the vamps as they struggle to get into nightclubs, squabble over chores and face off werewolves. A roster of Kiwi comedic talent (including Rhys Darby) feature in this fangtastic film.

Get dressed up. 
Prize for best Friday the 13th costume!

WHEN: Friday 13 April
AT: 6.30pm
WHERE: Tivoli Cinema

TICKETS: $10 at Tivoli Cinema

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FRIDAY 13 APRIL: Cambridge Can Dance

Cambridge is home to many talented dancers, young and old, skilled in numerous different styles.

Come along and see contemporary dance, ballet, rock ‘n’ roll, and a feast of international dance including Scottish Country, Irish, Japanese, Indian and Chinese dance.

WHEN: Friday 13 April
AT: 7pm
WHERE: Cambridge Town Hall

Gold Coin Donation

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SATURDAY 14 APRIL: Whitehall Ridge Traverse

Enjoy a 17km traverse up and along the Whitehall ridge, through nine beautiful pastoral properties with glorious 360 degree views of the Waikato and beyond.

Includes a barbeque lunch and farm house baking for lunch, then off to Lovers Rock with the Shire on your left, finishing with a down-hill bush walk into the valley.

All proceeds to maintenance of Whitehall Settlers Hall.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April
AT: Sign on 8.30am – 9.15am, depart 9.30am
WHERE: 539 Brunskill Road, Whitehall (signposted)

TICKETS: Adult $25, Youth (16 and under) $10 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

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SATURDAY 14 APRIL: Random Acts of Poetry



Time for poetry, people! Keep an eye out at the Farmer’s Market and in town for random acts of poetry.

Be daring and do some yourself!

WHEN: Saturday 14 April
AT: From 10am
WHERE: Farmer’s Market/CBD


SATURDAY & SUNDAY 14-15 APRIL: Cambridge Open Studios Art Tour



An exciting new festival event! Take a free, self-guided tour of over 20 artists’ studios. Share in Cambridge’s flourishing art scene and experience up close the personal workspaces of a range of talented artists.

Each studio is different, and there are many different types of art to see and buy. Come to Cambridge and make a weekend of it!

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday 14 – 15 April
AT: 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Artists’ Studios in and around Cambridge (Brochure will be available at Paper Plus Cambridge and other venues in Cambridge or download here)

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Let the award-winning bubble man capture your imagination with his amazing show.

Delight in thousands of brilliant, beautiful bubbles of all shapes and sizes, from the small to the gigantic.

Three bubblishious performances for you to enjoy:

Saturday 14 April, 10.30am and 2pm, at the Victoria Square.
Sunday 15 April at the Main Street Carnival, Victoria Street.


SATURDAY 14 APRIL: Richard Adams Art Workshop





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

WHEN: Saturday 14 April
AT: 11am – 4pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church Hall

Phone Alana 07 823 7698

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SATURDAY 14 APRIL: Steel Pans - Have a Go Workshop

Steel Pans is always a crowd favourite!

Now you can learn to play Steel Pans in this exciting new workshop with Marion Titmuss, Director of The NZ Steel Pan Academy.

For participants 12 years+.
Spaces are limited. For more information:

WHEN: Saturday 14 April
2 WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: 12noon – 2pm or 3pm – 5pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church Hall – Lounge
Phone Julie 07 827 8013


SATURDAY 14 APRIL: "Cheek to Cheek" Burlesque Show





Note that this show is R18. Adults only. Contains nudity.

By popular demand, following last year’s sold-out performance, Burlesque is here again with a new production and new performers at the Gaslight Theatre.

The show serves up a delicious risqué mix of lavish performers, with extravagant costumes, oozing glitz, glamour and sophistication.  Dress to impress.

WHEN: Saturday 14 April
AT: 7.30pm
WHERE: Gaslight Theatre

TICKETS: Premium $35 table seating, General $30 theatre-row seating. Available only on*


SUNDAY 15 APRIL: Main Street Carnival



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.

Details of where each of the acts will be performed, will be in the Cambridge Edition on Wednesday 11 April. 

WHEN: Sunday 15 April
AT: 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Street

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SUNDAY 15 APRIL: Autumn Art Market



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.

WHEN: Sunday 15 April
AT: 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Victoria Street


SUNDAY 15 APRIL: Aroha String Quartet - 'Light & Dark'

Described by the Dominion Post as “accomplished brilliance”, the Aroha String Quartet is widely recognized as one of New Zealand’s finest groups of musicians .with rave reviews both in New Zealand and overseas.

In ‘Light & Dark’ you are taken on an emotional journey, exploring a wide range of moods and soundscapes. The programme begins with the warmth and brightness of Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet Op 76 No 3, with its famous variations on an anthem he wrote for Kaiser Franz II. It then enters the pulsating world of Ross Carey’s evocative Toccatina (Elegy).

The dark, sardonic mood of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 11 Op 122, a profound work in seven short movements, is swept away by the Quartet’s final work: Dvorak’s gorgeous, much-loved “American” Quartet Op 96. Come along to immerse yourselves in this wonderful music!’

WHEN: Sunday 15 April
AT: 2.30pm
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church

TICKETS: General $25, Seniors $20 at Paper Plus Cambridge or*

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