Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tickets to the June 3-6 Escape! festival in Tauranga are on sale

Highlights include former New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond, an historian and anthropologist (June 5); Dr Siouxsie Wiles, head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland and an award-winning science communicator (June 3 and June 5); Steve Braunias discussing his latest book, Scene of the Crime, with Paul Mabey, QC, veteran defence lawyer; award-winning writer Greg McGee discussing his latest novel, The Antipodeans; and a panel discussion on the state of New Zealand society featuring business commentator Rod Oram, Tauranga Moana iwi leader Awanui Black, former Cabinet minister Margaret Wilson and Generation Z co-creator Charlie McDermott.

The festival also offers a children’s art workshop with award-winning author and illustrator Donovan Bixley (June 4), a cooking demonstration by Peter Gordon (June 4),  and a travel writing workshop with Steve Braunias (June 6).

Tickets to three events – an Italian-theme morning tea with novelist Nicky Pellegrino (June 6), the one-man show No Holds Bard with Michael Hurst (June 3 and 4), and UK-based Kiwi chef Peter Gordon in conversation with food writer Jesse Mulligan (June 4) – were released ahead of the programme launch last night (April 27).

The full programme is available at the Tauranga Arts Festival website,, with tickets from (booking fees apply). Tauranga area residents who are TECT cardholders are offered discounted ticket prices until May 27.

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