The Devonport Arts Festival was once an annual institution with roots reaching to the 1950s. In fact it was potter, writer and no8 -wire -inspired Kiwi hero Barry Brickell's parents who began what was to become a hotly anticipated annual event.
Like all best-intentioned community projects the DAF took a breather in the mid-nineties, chugged to life momentarily in the early 2000s, and has now, once again been proudly revived as a biennial, now annual event. The 2017 festival will be the third biennial Devonport Arts Festival, and 2018 is following hot on its heals. The community works hard in order to bring an array of artistic, literary, poetic, musical and visual events that showcase the best of our local and regional talent.
Already perceived as one of New Zealand's few urban arts villages, Devonport's streets are teeming with talent. Behind the doors there dwell writers, potters, painters, musicians, vocalists, illustrators, performers and poets; and as the weather warms, all emerge to remind us what Devonport is all about.
If you have any fond memories or sweet stories of festivals past, we'd love to record them. Get in toch with the Arts Festival Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org.