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Auckland Heritage Festival: Pacific Connections

Saturday 28 Sept – Sunday 13 Oct 2024

Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa, ‘the great connector’ of Polynesia, links the Pacific to Tāmaki Makaurau. Explore the lands, people and history of the Pacific at the 2024 Auckland Heritage Festival.

Each year the festival focuses on a heritage theme as an inspiration for your event. This may mean you use this to create a new event, inspire a new angle on your current event or you may prefer to proceed with your usual event, even if it falls outside the theme.

‘Pacific Connections’ encourages us to explore and share stories, traditions and influences that have shaped Auckland’s identity, while marking important anniversaries such as the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the dawn raids on Pacific peoples, and 50 years of Niue self-government.

We invite you to consider how your organisation or group can contribute to the Auckland Heritage Festival under the Pacific Connections theme. Whether it’s organising events, exhibitions, workshops, performances or storytelling sessions, we welcome your creative ideas to make this festival a resounding success.

Your participation will help us foster a deeper understanding of our Pacific heritage and its impact on Auckland’s diverse communities

In addition to the festival theme, events are also encouraged to align with these main areas:

Learning and encouragement
Events designed to up-skill and inform the local community and to encourage greater understanding of our heritage through workshops and lectures.

Celebrating our heritage
Events that celebrate Auckland’s distinct built, cultural and natural heritage.

Children and young people
Events suitable for families or aimed at young people. Please keep in mind when planning your event that both weeks of the festival are during the school holidays.

Festival criteria

To have your event considered for the 2024 festival it must:

  • be an event
  • be free, or at a minimal cost (under $50)
  • incorporate the theme
  • incorporate an aspect of learning or awareness
  • be intended for the Auckland Heritage Festival
  • be held within the dates of the festival (Sat 28 Sep 2024 to Sun 13 Oct 2024). If your event falls outside these dates, we may not accept it.

Your event must not:

  • promote the contributor’s business
  • generate financial benefit for the contributors
  • promote a political agenda.

Event Submissions

Event submissions for the festival are currently open for consideration. If you would like to be included please click here

Please note the final date for submissions has been extended to 5pm, Sunday 19 May 2024.

Not able to submit an event this year? Would you like to add your details to our mailing list for 2025?
Sign up to the Auckland Heritage Festival mailing list and we will email you when applications open for the 2025 event.