Colour The Night

Watch this space for plans towards Colour the Night 2019!

Colour the Night is Rotorua’s annual one-night Winter arts festival which sees arts and cultural spaces in Rotorua to open their doors for a night full of performance, music, and creativity. This event is 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.

Information on the 2019 event will become available in early 2019 – please contact Frances on if you would like to go one the mailing list as an artist, venue, volunteer, or partner for Colour the Night 2019.


Colour the Night for Matariki 2018 took place on Thursday 12th July, 2018 from 5pm in the central city. Information below relates to the 2018 event.

Picture contains poster for Colour the Night 2018 with information on the event date and location, as well as the main funders of the festival.

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?

Picture contains a map of the 10 venues for the Colour the Night Explorer Trail.

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!

Picture contains information on the different events taking place on Colour the Night.

Want to be involved? 

It is free to attend. 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