Next Festival April 2025

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Whakatipu Music Festival showcases extraordinary music from Aotearoa’s leading musicians, emerging artists, and local talent embracing outstanding classical, jazz, singer-songwriting, Broadway hits and more. Brought to life by a local workforce, it supports and stimulates the arts, cultural and events scene in the Queenstown region. It is an exceptional event that is an absolute treasure for the community and the whole of Aotearoa.

Photo Credit : Dvorak friends 2, James Robertson


The Wakatipu Music Festival celebrates music making in many forms.

Weaving together New Zealand’s outstanding emerging artists and leading professional musicians, together with local performers, grassroots music initiatives and dedicated local and national educators the Wakatipu Music Festival delivers an exhilarating event for every taste and ability.

The Festival comprises of three interconnecting components:

High-Performance Artists

Performances and teaching from world-class New Zealand musicians and a week-long Showcase and Career Development Young Artist Programme for 12 exceptional NZ musicians (age 16-26, selected through national audition)

Community Engagement

workshops, professional development and performance showcase for Central Otago-based professionals, music teachers, students, and ensembles

Local Workforce Capability Building

paid roles in Festival production for Central Otago-based early career practitioners



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