“We Connect & Grow Northland’s Arts, Culture & Heritage.”

Our organisation is mandated to develop the arts and cultural sector within the Northland region. We inspire creative endeavour through artistic projects, touring opportunities, education and specialised resources to develop and sustain our creative community’s artistic practice all over Tai Tokerau.


ArtBeat is Northland’s largest FREE Interactive Arts Festival open to the whole community. Coming into it’s 27th Year, Artbeat 2024 will be held in the Whangārei Town Basin from Putahi Park to Reyburn House and the Sculpture Park – Saturday 24th February from 10am – 4pm.


Register your interest by grabbing a FREE ticket to ArtBeat 24 and be in to win a $50 voucher from The Quay, No. 8 or Loco Bar – our amazing restaurants located in the Whangārei Town Basin.

ArtBeat 2024 Programme

Get ready for an unforgettable celebration of Creativity, Art, Culture, and Community. ArtBeat is Northland’s largest interactive Arts Festival, welcoming the entire community to indulge and participate in a range of whānau friendly, creative and artistic wonders – free of charge. This vibrant day promises some old favourites along with exciting new twists.
With a diverse array of artistic displays, live performances, interactive arts zones, immersive workshops, food and craft stalls spanning across Whangārei’s waterfront, there’s something for everyone, from curious toddlers to music-loving teens, creatives and art enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. 
This year we have a jam packed programme ready for you to plan your day at ArtBeat 2024 

Arts & Craft/Community & Food Stalls

Are you a local arts, crafts, or food business? Community organisation or project? Express your interest in the opportunity to become a stallholder at ArtBeat.

Volunteer Call Out

We are looking for some help in a variety of areas from our ArtBeat info crew, zero-waste wizards, stage assistants, ArtBeat ‘street fleet’ – our floating guides and helpers, traffic management legends and some support crew for our interactive zones such as the silent disco stage, children’s activity areas and the wellness zone. There’s something for everyone and a great opportunity to learn or develop skills in some of these areas and immerse yourself in a world of artistic wonders.


Subscribe to our fortnightly e-newsletters to know what’s on in your region during the summer break! We share all the amazing events, creative opportunities and funding options that Te Tai ai Tokerau has to offer, in one simple email format.  

Check out What’s On this summer and support local!

Download the Creative Discovery and visit our amazing local creative spaces to indulge in beautiful artworks by Northland-based artists.

Be inspired by the Creative sector of Whangarei, Bay of Islands and the Far North, and enjoy your time in Te Tai Tokerau.



Follow the Creative Discovery trail and visit our amazing local creative spaces to indulge in beautiful artworks and creations by Northland based artists. There are a range of art practices around Whangarei, the Bay of Islands and the Far North, so be ready to be amazed! 


Creative Northland and Janet Nixon, small business tutor and coach is back with FREE business workshops and mentoring for creatives in Northland. Course participants also have access to free one-on-one business mentoring sessions with Janet.


With 2022 being the first official Matariki public holiday in Aotearoa, there are a multitude of events celebrating this special time of the year. If you’re travelling around Northland, make sure to download our Guide and head along to some of these wonderful events. 

Explore the Arts & Culture of Te Tai Tokerau

View the Northland Art Guide, which showcases the wonderful art spaces, museums, creative venues and galleries that Northland has to offer.


We are delighted to launch our very own Directory for Te Tai Tokerau. If you are a creative person, group or organisation or have a creative space available in Northland, then we want to promote you.

It’s EASY and it’s FREE!

We want our Creative Directory to be the focal point for profiling arts, culture and heritage in Northland, and actively promote listings. Add yours today by registering to our platform.


Keep up to date with current projects and news by registering to our fortnightly e-newsletter, informing you about the regional creative chat and what’s on around Northland.

Looking to visit some Heritage sites over the winter?

View the Northland Heritage Guide, which showcases the wonderful heritage sites and museums that Northland has to offer!


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