The southern-most arts festival in the world is back and ready to treat Southland audiences to some of the best of New Zealand Arts.

Today, the Southland Arts Festival, now in its 11th year, announced its exciting programme for 2019 with contemporary dance, theatre, music, comedy and literary arts all on offer.

With a total of 25 individual events to choose from, the festival will open on April 10 with the New Zealand Dance Company’s acclaimed work, Kiss the Sky, and conclude on May 16 with the world-renowned Brodsky Quartet.

Venture Southland Creative Projects Manager and Festival Director Angela Newell said the programme for this year’s festival has been built upon the success of the past ten years and aims to celebrate the creativity and vibrancy that the arts can inspire in us all.

“There is something for everyone in this year’s programme with shows that will challenge, entertain and captivate audiences all at the same time,” Newell said.

The festival’s promotion started earlier than usual this year with tickets for The Dust Palace Company’s production Human, thought to the ‘Glamour event of 2019’, going on sale earlier this month.

Newell said that the show had already received great interest with ticket sales exceeding expectations to date.

Alongside Human, festival-goers can also look forward to a return visit from Trick of The Light, last here in 2016 with their popular Bookbinder show, who will combine puppetry, shadow play and live music for The Road That Wasn’t There which will also have signed interpretation for the Deaf.

Newell said it was impossible to pick a festival highlight as each show brought something different, but said that whether fans of music, dance, theatre or literary arts people would not be disappointed with the range of choice available.

“From up and coming band, The Killergrams to the party show The BeatGirls, we are also lucky enough to have the important piece of theatre, Jane Doe, and powerful one-man show, Shot Bro, by Rob Mokaraka, both of which will bring topical issues into the public arena,” Newell said.

For more information on all the shows on offer, a copy of the festival programme can be found online here.

Tickets for the festival events can be purchased online at TicketDirect or from the Southland Chamber of Commerce, ICC Booking Office or ILT Stadium Southland.