Performing Arts

Several performing arts venues and theatres through the region serve up a delightful array of talents and productions. Whether classical theatre, the art of dance or comedic performances are your thing, the Palmerston North and Manawatu performing arts scene is one of many tunes, talents and displays.  

Grease - The Singalong Movie
Friday 18 August
Have you ever been to a film musical and had the uncontrollable urge to burst into song? Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is...
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Parbaked LOL's
Friday 18 August
Freshly baked and ready for a final blast in the comedy oven, Parbaked LOL’s features locally sourced comedians presenting new material or making their on stage debut! August's show features: - Dylan Stewart - ...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Songs for Nobodies
Saturday 19 August - Saturday 9 September
Everybody has a story. When a great singer lets her voice float out over the anonymous crowd, or form the grooves of thousands of records, or flow through radios into millions of homes across the world, she makes ...
Venue:
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Te's Comedy Showcase
Saturday 19 August
Sydney based comedian Te Rina Taite returns home to the Manawatu for her first hometown gig ever! A regular on the cutthroat Sydney comedy circuit, Te Rina's life hasn't quite panned out how she'd planned. She's ...
Venue:
The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Vocal Quartet Concert - Globe Sunday Matinee Series
Sunday 20 August
Vocal Quartet Concert: Jennifer Little – soprano, Pauline Rowe- contralto, Nigel Tongs – tenor, Lindsay Yeo – baritone with Guy Donaldson – piano Jennifer Little was the soloist at the opening of the ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Celebration of Ethnic Songs and Praises
Sunday 20 August
Celebration of Ethnic Songs and Praises is a unique event bringing people of different ethnicities and cultures together to enjoy and share their particular songs of praise, a Multicultural Council celebration of unity ...
Venue:
St. Marys Parish, Palmerston North
Bollywood Dance Sessions
Monday 21 August - Monday 18 December
A great opportunity to try something new at Shree Bollywood dance Academy NZ. Take a break from your usual schedule and come join a fun and social way of exercising and learning real "Bollywood moves". The academy ...
Venue:
Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
Afri Dance Work Out!
Wednesday 23 August - Friday 8 September
Bismark, an incredible dancer from Ghana, West Africa is here in Palmy for a few weeks... so come on Palmy, come & work out... Afri Dance style! Yes! Get your sweat and groove on to start the day! Absolutely no ...
Venue:
Shed 23, Palmerston North
Samba Drumming Band Practice With Samba Ao Vento
Wednesday 23 August - Thursday 28 December
Samba ao Vento is a Brazilian drumming band in Palmerston North. Born out of African rhythms, Samba is the music you hear at the Carnival in Rio, and increasingly all over the world. The drumming section - or ...
Venue:
The Stomach, Palmerston North
Poetry Slam
Thursday 24 August
Join us for an evening of poetry, on the open microphone. Bring along some poetry to recite - your own or favourites. Light non-alcoholic refreshments provided. Please register your interest by 18 August to: Email...
Venue:
Woodville Community Library, Woodville, Tararua
The Royal Rumble - Open Mic Comedy Night
Thursday 24 August - Thursday 14 December
Welcome to The Royal Rumble. Palmerston North's premiere (and only) comedy open mic night. Whether you're looking for a night out watching live comedy or are interested in getting your own time in the spotlight, the ...
Venue:
The Royal, Palmerston North
International Sex Icon
Friday 25 August
Join Snap presented by RuseWebsites in an hour of comedy vaguely explaining how he gained the title, International Sex Icon. Snap presented by RuseWebsites is many things to many people, but above all else he is an ...
Venue:
Shed 23, Palmerston North
Adult Hypnotist Show With Big Will & Hypnotic Ted
Friday 25 August
An entertaining night with Will the Hypnotist & his partner in crime Hypno Ted with their Adult Comedy Hypnotist show. Come along enjoy a night of fun, laughter and people making an ass of themselves, get a group ...
Venue:
The Workshop Bar, Palmerston North
Learn Kathak - The Most Admirable Indian Classical Dance For
Friday 25 August - Saturday 25 November
Any kind of classical dance form connects you to the root of music and culture. At Shree Dance Academy, you can learn the most popular Indian classical dance form - Kathak which means story telling. You get mastered on ...
Venue:
Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
Dancesport Spectacular
Saturday 26 August
Glamour and glitz at the dancing festival. Big-time ballroom dancing with all the glitz and glamour comes to Palmerston North. Dancesport Spectacular is a highly professional, brilliant-sporting spectacle that has ...
Venue:
Barber Hall, Palmerston North
CMNZ Presents: Michael Houstoun & Bella Hristova
Sunday 27 August
"Every sound she draws is superb" The Strad. Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano from a transcendent, transformative monument of the duo sonata repertoire: they present a formidable, unique challenge to ...
Venue:
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
DanceNZmade Interschool Competitions Regional 1
Friday 1 September
Local schools bring their best dance to the stage in a showcase that is fun for the whole family. Who will be Regional Champions and who is representing Palmerston North at our National Final?
Venue:
Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Father's Day With Chopper
Saturday 2 September
The big gun in international comedy, Heath Franklin’s Chopper, is back for the greatest Father’s Day show to hit Palmerston North. Father’s Day with Chopper will be the supreme event for dads, has been dads, and...
Venue:
Palmerston North Conference Centre, Palmerston North
Camerata Choir - Happy Birthday to Us
Saturday 2 September
Camerata Choir celebrates its 20th birthday. We've delved into our extensive repertoire, selected and rehearsed some dear favourites which we plan to present in a special concert on September 2. After the ...
Venue:
St Peter's Anglican Church, Palmerston North
Classical Guitar & Flute With a Note of Piano
Tuesday 5 September
A programme of classical guitar & flute performed by Mark & Katherine Boyes with one piece being played on a bass guitar. The programme will conclude with a piano recital by Stephanie Milne who will play Sonata in Bb...
Venue:
St Peter's Anglican Church, Palmerston North