International programme

We’re reframing our support in the international space to adjust to the changed environment, and like 2020/2021, we’ll roll out new offerings at different intervals.


We’ll be offering a number of funding programmes through Karangarua – Two Voices, the International programme:

  • These funds have been redesigned to respond to a dynamic international arts environment.
  • With our partners here and abroad, we’ll continue to offer a suite of opportunities and funding that provide New Zealand artists and practitioners with the knowledge and networks to support their practice, adapt to the evolving arts landscape, promote their work to international markets and audiences, and collaborate in innovative ways with international peers.

We’ll share more details in June 2021.

Funding is still available through our Arts Grants, to support New Zealand artists, arts practitioners arts groups and arts organisations to engage in a variety of international activity, including the presentation of art works – please refer to our guidelines.

The second phase of consultation of the International Programme Review (started in August 2019) is currently underway and is due to be completed in the next few months. 



Karangarua – Two Voices | Weaving exchange and engagement with international communities

During 2020/2021 we will deliver targeted initiatives to ensure our artists and arts practitioners remain engaged with international peers, platforms and audiences.


International market development

We’re partnering with the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) to manage international market development initiatives, including:

  • a presence, virtual and/or physical, at key international book fairs including Frankfurt
  • the publication of a rights catalogue to promote New Zealand literature for distribution to agents, publishers and festivals
  • the development of a digital rights platform to host the catalogue content online
  • the administration of the Translation Fund, which supports the translation of New Zealand literature into foreign languages
  • initiatives to support the capability of publishers to develop rights skills and find new ways of working and selling rights online.

We’ll continue to work with PANZ to explore additional ways to promote New Zealand literature internationally. For more information about PANZ visit their website

Writers and literary festivals can apply to Arts Grants as professional development to support festival appearances.

Performing arts
We’ll seek out opportunities for practitioners to increase their international profile and networks, and showcase on digital markets and platforms.

We’re partnering with the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) to support the performing arts sector to engage internationally on their digital platform.

This will include:

  • supporting the development and delivery of the new hybrid performing arts market online and in person in March 2021
  • supporting artists’ international capability to pitch, showcase and engage digitally including the creation of digital assets
  • supporting practitioners to engage with international collaborators, presenters and partners attending the market virtually.

For more information about PANNZ visit their website

Artists and producers wishing to attend international performing arts markets can apply for professional development support through Arts Grants

Visual arts and craft object
We’ll seek out and facilitate international opportunities for artists and curators to participate and engage across international platforms.

Support for dealer galleries to attend international art fairs is now available through Arts Grants

Past event

Event: PANNZ Online Short Showcases: Zoom Info Hui (2021 PANNZ Arts Market, and international presentation)
When: Wednesday 28 Oct, 12pm

Strengthen capability and international engagement

Global Wayfinding Programme

This programme supports artists, practitioners and arts organisations across all art-forms to navigate the shifting tides of the global arts environment. Our aim is to support the strengthening of artists’ and practitioners’ capability, and to provide clear pathways to stay internationally connected.

The Global Wayfinding programme draws on the shared knowledge of domestic and global artists and arts communities. With our partners here and abroad, we’ll offer a suite of opportunities that provide New Zealand artists and practitioners with the knowledge and networks to support their practice and adapt to the evolving arts landscape.

This programme is designed to respond to a dynamic international arts environment. We’ll roll out new offerings at different intervals over the financial year, acknowledging that artists and organisations in the sector will want to connect with us and access resources at different stages according to their individual needs.

The programme consists of three strands with a range of offerings in each:

  1. Knowledge Kete – advice, tools and resources for adaptation and innovation. For example, webinars with international networks and one-to-one digital sessions with seasoned practitioners for advice or guidance.
  2. Artist Tautoko – individual advice on digital strategies or international plans via an Expressions of Interest process. This is for artists, practitioners, or arts organisations that have a track record of international engagement, including those with an emerging practice that have some international experience. In addition, they’ll have strong interest from either an international collaborating artist, practitioner or presenter and be committed to international engagement over the next 12 months; this includes virtual engagement. For more information or to register your interest and set up a meeting with the International team, email us on
  3. Tūhongonga Connections – opportunities to engage with established international networks to stay connected and maintain New Zealand’s international profile. For example, virtual participation in a variety of international platforms.  

Current events

Event: New Zealand at International Association of Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY): opportunities for NZ theatre and dance-makers to participate as delegates in IPAY virtual events throughout October 2020 – January 2021. 
Info: Register your interest at

Kōrero with Te Manu Ka Tau manuhiri

Event: Hybrid programming: a kōrero around festivals going digital with Jeff Khan, Artistic Director & CEO, Performance Space, Sydney
Where: Watch online

Past events 

EventIPAY: a kōrero with Boomer Stacey, Executive Director of IPAY (International Association of Performing Arts for Youth) on opportunities to showcase work or contribute to international conversations at IPAY
When: Tues 6 Oct, 2020

Event: (Reimagined) Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Collaborating, Commissioning and Licensing; how artists from Aotearoa New Zealand are overcoming the challenges of distance
When: Mon 17 Aug 2020
Watch here


Indigenous exchange

We'll continue to support our indigenous producers, curators and leaders to continue the kōrero with their international peers.

Developing partnerships  

We'll continue to develop stronger alliances with other government agencies, funding agencies and international partners to leverage opportunities for the arts sector and strengthen Aotearoa New Zealand’s reputation internationally.

Past events

Event: Taiwan-New Zealand Dialogue on Cultural Exchange Policies amid COVID-19
When: Sat 24 Oct, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Online live broadcast

Event: Bunka-cho Art Platform Japan Webinar Series | Contemporary Art After the Coronavirus and its Ecology. Session 1: Global Promotion and International Exchange in the Arts After the Impact of COVID-19
When: Fri 7 Aug 2020
Where: Online live broadcast


Presentation and promotion of New Zealand arts internationally

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Venice Biennale Arte has been postponed, and will now take place from 23 April to 27 November 2022. We are fully committed and excited to present Yuki Kihara as New Zealand’s artist for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. More info at

Due to COVID-19, the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) will now take place June 6-16, 2024 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi (originally 2020). Around 100 Māori and New Zealand-based Pasifika artists will represent Aotearoa at the festival.

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