Turning vacant spaces into vibrant places in Downtown Tauranga

The ACTIVATE VACANT SPACES programme matches property owners with individuals who have creative ideas for temporary projects. The programme features installations, displays, events, interactive experiences, art, culture, heritage, music, performances, pop ups and refurbishments. It's a continuum of vibrancy for all to enjoy.

What's on and coming up.

Find out what we've currently got on in Tauranga CBD as well as what's coming up.

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    CALLING ALL CREATIVES

    MURAL PROJECT SUBMISSIONS WANTED

    ART INSTALLATION

    PROJECT

    We’re searching for creative artists to submit a creative art installation concept to our Activate Vacant Spaces Laneway Creative Art Installation Project.

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    CALLING ALL CREATIVES

    MURAL PROJECT SUBMISSIONS WANTED

    LANEWAY MURAL PROJECT

    We’re searching for artists to submit a creative mural concept to our Activate Vacant Spaces Laneway Mural Project.

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    21 SEPT - 25 OCT

    WINDOW DISPLAY

    SHINE A LIGHT

    Award winning body artist Sandi Cutts brings a  high impact, UV lit window display that literally shines a light on self expression. 

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    OPENS OCT 1

    DISCOVERY CENTRE

    STEM WANA

    Brought to you by STEM Wana Trust, come visit this dedicated science, technology, engineering and mathematics ‘discovery’ centre.

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    COMING THIS SEPTEMBER

    FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION

    THE MAN SHE

    WEEPS

    The public are invited to call into the store and view the film storyboard and see the production team at work.

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    OPEN NOW

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

    CLASSIC

    COUTURE

    Classic Couture is a new shopping experience launched by Dress for Success Bay of Plenty featuring gently loved & new clothing and accessories.    

Previous Activations

Find out about some of the previous Activations we've had in the vacant spaces through the CBD.

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    23 0CT - 25 OCT

    COMEDY EVENT

    TAURANGA COMEDY POP UP

    It's time for a damn good laugh, so join us this long-weekend for Tauranga's first ever pop-up comedy club!

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    POSTPONED- NEW DATE COMING SOON.

    OLYMPIC EVENT

    OLYMPIC PRIDE EVENT

    Come see the 100 years of Olympic Pride Walk and have some fun in our Mini Olympics event. 

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    5 SEPT - 25 SEPT

    WINDOW DISPLAY

    THE ROCK'S ULTIMATE MANCAVE

    Check out the window display in Red Square to see the amazing Tauranga Mancave, worth over $5000, you could win with 94.2FM The Rock.

  • Backfeed blender

    1 JUL - 29 JUL

    POP UP EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATIONS

    BACKFEED

    BLENDER

    Backfeed blender was a contemporary and immersive art experience.

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    1 JUL - 29 JUL

    POP UP EXHIBITION AND DEMONSTRATIONS

    TAURANGA WOODCRAFTERS

    Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild presented a display of exquisitely crafted woodworks and live demonstrations

  • Plastic Free July - Tauranga

    6 JUL - 17th JULY

    EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS

    PLASTIC FREE

    JULY

    A series of free workshops from Envirohub BOPA.  Make your own beeswax wraps and keep cups and see a plastic shredder in action.

  • No Words Myanmar.

    25 MAY - 19 JUN

    FREE EXHIBITION

    NO WORDS

    MYANMAR

    Chilean photographer Coni Flores presented a series of captivating images capturing her journey and life changing experience travelling in Myanmar. 

  • Kotahitanga - Unity exhibition in Tauranga for Activate Vacant Spaces

    13 FEB - 20 MARCH

    FREE EXHIBITION

    KOTAHITANGA

    UNITY

    This exhibition featured Ian Taylor's epic legacy project 'Land of Voyagers' alongside a visual exploration of the meaning of kotahitanga and unity.

  • Our Home Exhibition in Tauranga CBD for Activate Vacant Spaces

    03 FEB - 20 MAR

    FREE EXHIBITION

    OUR HOME EXHIBITION

    The Our Home Exhibition featured the top 100 Trustpower Photographic Exhibition photos for 2020

  • 10 FEB - 13 MAR

    POP UP STUDIO

    LAVAL POP UP STUDIO 

    offering professional headshots against a backdrop of beautifully designed and inviting spaces.

  • Land of Voyagers

    12 FEB

    AN IAN TAYLOR PRESENTATION

    LAND OF

    VOYAGERS

    Ian Taylor, Maori Leader of the year (2013) and NZ Innovator of the year ( 2019) hosted very special breakfast presentation.

  • Join Peter Kageyama on the couch fo Activate Vacant Spaces

    11 FEB

    WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION

    ON THE COUCH WITH PETER KAGEYAMA

     Internationally recognised expert on community development, Peter Kageyama ran an inspiring workshop discussion.

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN 

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA TODAY

 

We'll then partner with you to find the right vacant space for your project to come to life in Tauranga's city centre.

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The ACTIVATE VACANT SPACES programme matches property owners with individuals who have creative ideas for temporary projects. 

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