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A Heart of Art: Heralding the return of Devonport Arts Festival... banner

A Heart of Art: Heralding the return of Devonport Arts Festival...

 The much-loved Devonport Arts Festival will cement its return this year with nine days of events to showcase the thriving creative talent on the Peninsula.

Following its conception in the 1950’s, the Devonport Arts Festival quickly became a local institution and helped the village to earn its reputation as one of the country’s most vibrant artistic hubs.

After a brief period of absence, the festival has undergone a revival and has once again become a highly anticipated biennial event taking place this year from November 8 to 16.

Devonport Arts Festival coordinator Toni van Tonder says the support of principal sponsors Bayleys Devonport, Auckland Council. The Devonport Business Association and The Takapuna/Devonport Local Board has enabled her to prepare a jam-packed schedule for visitors to look forward to.

“We have worked hard to give the community a festival that will truly do our artists justice and show off the incredibly clever and innovative work to come out of the Peninsula,” Toni says. 

Resident artists taking part this year include painters, sculptors, knitters, potters, writers, musicians, film-makers, cartoonists, spinners, weavers, print-makers, balloon artists and chocolate artisans.

And for the first time in the festival’s history, two renowned graffiti artists, Component and Cinzah, have agreed to demonstrate their expertise at some iconic Devonport landmarks.

To compliment the festival, Bayleys Devonport salesperson Larry Banks, in association with Magic Broomstick Tours, is running a fine homes tour by Segway through some of the area's most spectacular properties.

Festival-goers are being encouraged to take part in the various activities happening in the lead up to, and throughout, the nine day event.

Local primary school students are making colourful bunting flags to line the streets of Devonport, and the public is being asked to help with a patchwork wool installation put together by guerilla knitter Knitty Graffity in a tree outside the Devonport Library.

A bustling market day will set the tone for the festival during the opening day on Saturday November 8 on Windsor Reserve, with buskers, art demonstrations, face painters, balloon twisting and Old McDonalds petting zoo. Across the road at the library construction site a local artist will invite the public to help in painting a community mural which will be set as the backdrop to a free community book swap. 

The full programme is available online at or visit

Contact Devonport Arts Festival coordinator Toni van Tonder at 

by Channel Magazine