Festival Information

The Otago Festival of the Arts Trust was established in 1999 to present a biennial arts festival in Dunedin. There are two simple 'catch phrases' which encapsulate what this Festival is all about - "celebrating the excellent and the extraordinary" "a boutique festival in a boutique city."

Since the inaugural Festival in 2000 the Festival has fostered these simple policies. "Bigger is not necessarily better; developing a sustainable, manageable and exciting event is paramount" says founding Director Nicholas McBryde. "Dunedin is a city of 120,000 citizens - we need to primarily cater for this catchment by offering as much as our money can buy. And to date, having now produced nine Festivals we are very proud to have always offered a fabulous arts event to our region."  The most recent celebration in October 2016  - enjoyed more sold out shows and standing ovations than ever before. Arts Festival Dunedin will present the tenth edition in spring 2018.

The Festival has as its corporate brand a "silk" created by the Victorian artist, designer, typographer and manufacturer William Morris. This has served the Festival well - it is elegant, can be used in various permutations and fits well with the historic Victorian and Edwardian architecture of Dunedin - the Edinburgh of the South.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Helen Clark

Barbara Larson, Chair
Greg Paterson, Sponsorship Chair
Lynley Bunton
Mike Horne
Trevor Kempton
Rosey McConnon
Beverley Lady Smith


Nicholas McBryde, Director