Colour the Night is Rotorua's annual one night Winter arts festival which brings sees arts and cultural spaces in Rotorua open their doors for a night full of performance, music and creativity. This event is also for locals and visitors to explore central Rotorua for a night through an artistic lens. There are lots of things to see, new things to try and lots of people to meet.

Colour the Night for Matariki 2018 takes place on Thursday 12th July, from 5pm in the central city.

2018 will see this event light up Rotorua for the third time - past events have seen more than 2000 people getting involved on the night with more than 200 local artists/performers involved. The event is held during Matariki and is a showcase and celebration of local talent during this magical time of year. 

Lots of individuals and groups will be showing their talents for the night AND the art, music and performance on the night will be FREE, so put it in your diaries, grab your friends, family, coat, hat and scarf and come along to check it out!

More information will be updated here as it is confirmed. Stay tuned!

We have 10 amazing inner city venues on board so far - and venues and partner organisations to be confirmed but if you are a venue, organiser, artist or volunteer wanting to get involved with this event please flick an email to Cian at

What is it?

Colour the Night is a one night event for local arts, cultural groups and organisations to open their doors for a cross-promotional night out to bring the public into arts spaces and celebrate Rotorua’s rich variety of culture.

We will be filling all participating venues with art, music, dance, fun, laughter and food. It is a great chance for local art and cultural groups to showcase what they are doing over winter. This event is for locals and visitors to explore central Rotorua through an artistic lens for FREE. There will be lots of things to see, new things to try and lots of people to meet. Grab your friends, family, coat, hat and scarf and come along to check it out!

Who is involved?

Funders: Rotorua Arts Village Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, Creative Communities Rotorua, Rotorua Lakes Council

Partners: The Arts Village, Arts Village Cafe, More FM Rotorua, Rotorua Night Market, Big Picture Minor Deets, Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua Library - Te Aka Mauri, Rotorua Children’s Art House, Rotorua Museum of Art & History, Lakes Performing Arts Centre, The Travelling Tuatara,  Thermaleles, Toi Ohomai, Prince’s Gate - The Monarch Room, Simone Walker PR & Events, Glenys Courtney-Strachan, Anna Hayes, & Bobby Howard.

Where is it?

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What's happening?

We have an amazing lineup of activities including: performance, visual art, music, face painting, kids and adult art activities, a UV room and more! 


Want to be involved? 

It is free to attend and you can pick up a map and programme on the night at The Arts Village or the Rotorua Night Market or pick one up ahead of time from The Arts Village.

If you would like to be involved as a volunteer contact Maggie via email to
Any other enquiries please send through to Cian via email to 
Or call  our team on 07 348 9008