Performing Arts Programmers Tour

The annual Programmers Tour takes programmers from across New Zealand’s venue and festival sector to a selected arts market in Asia to develop networks and develop the programmers’ confidence in presenting works from Asia.

What is the Foundation’s Programmers Tour?

The purpose of the Programmers Tour is to enable New Zealand performing arts programmers to immerse themselves in the contemporary performing arts community in selected Asian countries in order to:

  • advance their professional networks in Asia and develop their programming practice
  • increase awareness of artistic and cultural practice in Asia
  • contribute to the long-term development of audiences for Asian arts in New Zealand
  • explore ideas and networks that could lead to future collaborations or creation of work
  • develop and share market knowledge of contemporary performing arts practice in Asia with the New Zealand arts sector.

Programmers Tour 2021

Due to concerns around the Covid-19 virus, the 2021 Performing Arts Programmers Tour has been cancelled.

Who can apply

The programme is targeted at presenters and programmers. Preference will be given to those associated with national or regional performing arts venues and festivals.

Applicants must have the ability to make or influence programming decisions and have a proven interest in presenting the work of Asian performing artists or indigenous artists from outside New Zealand.

Applicants must:

  • be employed in a role with programming responsibilities at an established New Zealand performing arts venue or festival
  • have a track record of interest in the presentation of either work from Asian artists or work by indigenous artists from outside New Zealand
  • have the ability to programme and present Asian work in future to New Zealand audiences
  • have an understanding of the aims of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

What's covered?

The Foundation will cover the costs of:

  • flights
  • accommodation
  • entry to scheduled activities
  • a per diem.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the Asia New Zealand Foundation standard terms and conditions. 

How to apply

The 2021 Performing Arts Programmers Tour has been cancelled due to concerns around the Covid-19 virus.


For more information, please contact Craig Cooper, director arts, at [email protected]