About Urbanesia

Experience Auckland’s annual festival of contemporary Pacific arts and culture.

Urbanesia expresses Auckland’s unique and diverse urban Pacific identity through a vibrant festival of contemporary Pacific arts across three weekends in November.

Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Urbanesia reflects the city’s unique Pacific identity and celebrates Pacific artists in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The word ‘Urbanesia’ comes from Urban, or city, and -nesia, or islands, referring to the Pacific Island communities living in, inspired by and part of Auckland. The word was created by writer and poet Courtney Sina Meredith as a way to represent new Polynesian communities in urban areas.

Urbanesia supports contemporary Pacific artists and organisations to grow, promote themselves and showcase their talents in their own neighbourhoods.

The 2016 festival includes a wide range of events and exhibitions across nine locations in Auckland. From a Pacific-themed family day in Northcote to hip hop in Ōtara, to FAFSWAG on K Road, to a free family portrait day in Manurewa, each event is led by acclaimed Pacific artists from a diverse range of local communities.

Join us for an adventurous programme of Pacific arts and events for all ages showcasing music, dance, visual arts, and much more.