Breakthrough Dance Happens Here

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā waka, e ngā maunga, e ngā mate, e ngā iwi hurinoa i te whenua nei, tēnā koutou katoa. We take this opportunity to acknowledge tangata whenua, and the privilege granted to us to exercise our love of dance, in the auspicious land of Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Tempo is an annual dance festival that proudly takes place in the city of Tāmaki Makaurau. Every year the festival showcases inspirational dance artistry that reflects the rich cultural dynamism of our country. We exist to celebrate the vitality of dance in Aotearoa, to offer dance artists a platform and infrastructure to present their work, and to bring transformational dance experiences to the tamariki, rangatahi, mātua and kaumātua of Aotearoa.


This year we are thrilled to be activating our festival events in venues within the CBD’s beloved theatre precinct, including Q Theatre, Basement Theatre, and Aotea Square. In the years to come we look forward to spreading our wings even further, in the pursuit of bringing life-changing dance experiences to the people.

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Statement from Artistic Director Cat Ruka about the 2019 Full Programme

2019 is our first fest with our superstar new Artistic Director Cat Ruka! Read her statement about the full festival programme, and Tempo's breakthrough year. 



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