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Browse upcoming creative events and workshops in the Bay of Plenty.

As a result of a number of events postponing due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we recommend you check the event / workshop organisers website or contact the organisers direct to find out if they are still going ahead. If you are involved in an event that is currently being promoted on the CBOP website please email us at connect@creativebop.org.nz and keep us up-to-date on any cancelations or date changes.

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JK Russ: Hard Sell Future

15 August 2020 - 7 February 2021
Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga is pleased to announce a major new site-specific commission and exhibition

Tony Fomison: Lost in t...

Aug 29 - Nov 22
Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark is a collaboration between Wellington High School students and Te

Tauranga Moana Collections

Aug 29 - Nov 22
Tauranga Moana Collections is an opportunity to view a selection of the treasures from the art collections

Champions in Their Field

5 September 2020 - 5 January 2021
Running from September to January, this exciting exhibition will feature exhibits from some of our local

Matthew Couper: Isolati...

19 September 2020 - 7 March 2021
Matthew Couper’s practice over the past decade has appropriated aspects of western art

Small Prints – Pr...

Sep 30 - Nov 21
Print exhibition opening on 30 October at The Incubator Creative Hub, in collaboration with the Print Council

John Roy: Fool’s ...

17 October 2020 - 14 March 2021
Fool's Gold is a selection of works from award winning, Tauranga based ceramicist John

Julia Morison: Head[case]

17 October 2020 - 14 March 2021
An installation of five hexagonal rooms and 100 ceramic heads, each distinctly different from the next, by

Absolute Beginner’...

Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 10 November 2020

A practical guide to learn the fundamental skills needed for

The Howard Morrison Qua...

Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Howard Morrison Quartet Take Two will faithfully recreate a trip down memory lane for the followers of

Group Drama Classes

Oct 28
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until 16 December 2020

Group drama classes for students aged 8

ReMaker Fun Workshop

Oct 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on 30 October 2020 at 9:30 am

Design and make your own little project out of recycled wood, paper and other industrial off

Watch this Space with F...

Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Footnote New Zealand Dance presents a physical response to visual art in Watch This

Mauao Kids Choir

Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 16 December 2020

The Mauao Kids Choir is more than just singing, it is an opportunity to practice and perform as part of group

Paper Pulp Workshop

Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Learn the art of paper

Trendy Mender

Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until 18 November 2020

Bring along your favourite torn garment and let's turn a flaw into a

Mechanics of Instagram,...

Oct 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Digital Marketing For Creatives Workshop Two: Mechanics of Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIn Instagram 101

ReMaker Space Open Day

Oct 29 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Don't miss this opportunity to take a workshop with our ReMakers for

Fundamentals of Paintin...

Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 5 November 2020

This course will be based on traditional painting techniques with some contemporary approaches applied to the

Make your own Knitted R...

Oct 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fibre artist Gayle Heath will review design options to include smaller project such as placemat, coaster,

Caitriona Fallon –...

Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caitríona Fallon is an accomplished performer with a “spine tingling

Oktoberfest Tauranga 2020

Oct 31 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Think traditional Oktoberfest - costumes - lederhosen and dirndl, schweinshaxe pork roast, bratwurst

The Mount’s Annua...

Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 1 @ 1:00 am
Join us on Halloween, October 31st at Totara St, Mount Maunganui for a night of weird costumes, weird dancing

Cool Way to Paint with ...

Nov 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come along with friends for an enjoyable time learning a new art medium for

Macrame Crystal Necklac...

Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Those wanting to make their own Christmas presents this year - this is the workshop for

Workshop: From Sheet to...

Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm
Local zero waste fashion designer Emma La Rocca will teach you how to cut and sew a zero waste summer dress

Xmas Wreath Workshop

Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Be immersed with the beautiful nature smells and foliage foraged by me especially for

Honest Liars Improv Com...

Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until 6 December 2020

Anything can happen and often does – even the players haven’t got a

Fundamentals of Paintin...

Nov 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until 3 November 2020

This course will be based on traditional painting techniques with some contemporary approaches applied to the

Absolute Beginner’...

Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 10 November 2020

A practical guide to learn the fundamental skills needed for

Convert a Shirt

Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 17 November 2020

Rescue an unwanted business shirt and convert it to a cool summer top or

Chopper: The Silencer

Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chopper cordially invites the world to shut the f**k up for a change. Welcome The

Stretch – Our Dre...

Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Having performed stunning sets opening for Damien Rice, Jeff Tweedy, Angus & Julia Stone and Elton John,

Portrait Painting (Nove...

Nov 7 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
This is an inspiring and productive one-day workshop for all levels of

An English Affair

Nov 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
An "all sorts" programme of short pieces by English composers through the

Tauranga Diwali Festival

Nov 7 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Presented by: One Love Charity Experience a joyful culturally rich evening of modern and traditional live

Alcohol Ink – Zeb...

Nov 8 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Alcohol ink has a mind of its own but is a fun medium to use and the students take home their finished

Kokomo Unplugged

Nov 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Kokomo is a blues and roots band resident in New Zealand's Bay of

Social Media Advertising

Nov 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Digital Marketing For Creatives Workshop Three: Social Media Advertising How Facebook and Instagram ads work

Bad Hagrid

Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bad Hagrid stomps towards you with this banging, post lockdown

Learning to Use Alcohol...

Nov 14 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
This full day course will teach you the basics of alcohol

Anthony Coulter

Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
An action packed show featuring songs from Shaking Her Wings with the radio friendly Go Go Girl to get you

Bruce Springsteen Tribu...

Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THE BOSS is a full production, kick-ass compliment of nine passionate musicians bringing alive the timeless

Great photos with Kim W...

Nov 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Learn how to get great photos with Kim Westerskov’s photo workshops in

Andrea’s Crochet ...

Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Did you wish you could crochet during lockdown? Keep reading, this could be

Living in a park and th...

Nov 19 - Nov 20
What would a wildlife documentary about humans look

Foraged to Fabulous ...

Nov 19 - Nov 21
A foraged wreath, using fresh foliage from the garden and can be dried

Live Art Demo Flora �...

Nov 19 - Nov 22
Over the duration of the festival weekend, Faye can be found at the Bloom in the Bay festival hub painting a

Garden and Art Festival

Nov 19 - Nov 22
We celebrate the beauty and diversity of our region's gardens and the creativity of talented

Behind the Lens – Captu...

Nov 19 - Nov 20
In this photo workshop, Kim Westerskov will demonstrate how to capture the beauty of flowers, ferns, grasses,

Bloom in the Bay

Nov 19 @ 9:30 am - Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm
Bloom in the Bay, the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival Hub at the Tauranga Racecourse, will be bursting

Garden Style Posy

Nov 19 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Using beautiful seasonal blooms to create a natural garden style posy to be placed in any vase in your home

Flower Crown Workshop

Nov 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn the technique to create a lush flower crown using beautiful flowers and foliage that will survive and

Popstars: The 90s Musical

Nov 20 - Dec 5
Packed with pop smash hits from the hyper-coloured

Tauranga Woodcrafters Show

Nov 20 - Nov 22
Tauranga Woodcrafters are holding their annual show for 2020 at the Mount Sports Centre on November 20th,

2020 Porowhita Tonu Gra...

Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bachelor of Creative Industries Graduate

Albi & The Wolves

Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Albi & The Wolves set fire to stages and fill hearts with hope with their energetic and relatable alternative

Chair Upholstery

Nov 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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One event on 30 August 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on 21 November 2020 at 9:30 am

One event on 22 November 2020 at 9:30 am

Bring a simple dining chair or simple arm chair and turn it into a master

The Power of Photograph...

Nov 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This illustrated conversation will focus on the power & importance of good photography, how it helps us

Te Puke World Fest

Nov 21 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Live performances, delicious food and much

Adam Hattaway & Th...

Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
In celebration of their new single, 'WASTING OUR TIME' (out Oct 2nd), Adam Hattaway and the Haunters are

The ABBA Show

Nov 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Direct from Australia, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute is back by popular demand after a sell-out

Flowers, Ferns & F...

Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An illustrated talk on the beauty of the plant world, from intimate “art photography” of flowers to the

Scheherazade & Oth...

Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
All the family will enjoy meeting Sinbad the Sailor and sharing his adventures on the

Janne Izett Guitar Girl...

Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Local singer-songwriter and columnist Janne Izett is excited to release her first CD with help from her 'muso

Illuminarti – A C...

Nov 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This is not street art; this is

Singer Songwriter Sessions

Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A joyful showcase of original music from the Bay of Plenty musical

Daniel Champagne

Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on 3 December 2020 at 6:30 pm

The young Australian born, Nashville based virtuoso recently described as 'the finest guitar player of this

Mad Caddies

Dec 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Loved for their essential distillation of ska, reggae and pop punk, Mad Caddies have attracted a loyal and

The Test Tube Event #2

Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm
The Test Tube is a creative, disruptive, innovation project that is evolutionising the idea of 'markets' and

Sasha Perry – Liv...

Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sasha has opened for the very best in roots music including Jimmy

The ‘B’ Bom...

Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on 12 December 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 12 December 2020 at 7:00 pm

A high energy, exciting dance show featuring themes starting with

Cool Way to Paint with ...

Dec 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come along with friends for an enjoyable time learning a new art medium for

Painting Happiness 1-da...

Dec 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join me for a day of artistic play, where you’ll let go of the outside world and discover the life you long

In The Shallows *Debut ...

Dec 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Blending catchy vocal hooks with soaring harmonies and atmospheric acoustic guitar, weaving in tales of love,

Bay Dreams 2021

3 January 2021 @ 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
NZ’s biggest music festival returns to Tauranga on January 3,

O & The Mo –...

16 January 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A quirky emerging act not to be missed, O & The Mo welcome you to come and experience their nationwide

Paul Ubana Jones

24 January 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One of the most exciting electro/acoustic artist on the music scene since his arrival in

Rug of Numbers

5 February 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
After releasing 'Betsy' in May, and 'Rug of Numbers' in August, Laura-mae is going on another Summer

Yesterday Once More

8 April 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE stars four dynamic performers direct from Las
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