The 2019 Southland Arts Festival is proving as popular as ever with at least three of its events looking to sell out before most of the festival even gets underway. 

Tickets to the gravity-defying, extraordinary cirque performance Human and its circus skills workshop have almost sold out, and there are only 60 tickets left to the party event of the festival - The BeatGirls’ 21st.

While the festival officially launched last week with the highly acclaimed, Kiss The Sky, most of the festival events are to be held after Easter, but organisers are already predicting that some events will sell out.

Proving the most popular to-date the latest production of New Zealand’s largest circus theatre company, The Dust Palace, Human with all the premium tables now sold, and more than 1600 tickets already purchased.


Angela Newell, festival director is delighted with the impact the event is having.

"Obviously a dinner and show at a big cabaret event is a glamorous night out that appeals to many, but the best thing about Human is our provision of tickets that suit to all budgets,” she said.

Newell said the silver tickets at $30 an adult and $18 for a child are accessible for families or those on a budget, who are looking for a treat night out at a fantastic show.

Ironically though, it is the premium and gold seats which have been the best-selling so far with more than 1600 tickets already sold.

There are also only a handful of places left for the circus skills workshop being hosted by The Dust Palace which Newell said will provide an opportunity for locals and aspiring performers to engage with the company and learn new skills. 

“It’s a huge benefit for the festival that creative teams who travel all the way to Southland are keen to do workshops and invest in a legacy for their particular art form,"

The BeatGirls' 21st is also selling well with only around sixty tickets left for the show being held on Friday, 10 May. 

Newell said the "party" event of the festival has been popular due in part to the group's longevity. 

There have been 29 different BeatGirls over 21 years, with enduring founder Andrea Sanders ensuring the productions are consistent but able to evolve with changing audiences and musical tastes.

Since their formation in 1996, The BeatGirls have performed extensively throughout New Zealand and also overseas including two Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens and many private and corporate functions.

This is the eleventh year of the festival with 14 events scheduled up to May 16.