Cambridge Autumn Festival Events 2015

We are planning another great line-up of events for 2015. In the meantime, have a look at what we did last year for the 2014 Autumn Festival week.


Gala Opening with Cooney Insurance Short Story Winners

Gala OpeningWill be held at Cafe Rouge in Empire Street and it is an opportunity to thank our sponsors and Friends of the Festival for their support. Importantly, it will also be the occasion when the winner of the Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition will be announced. The evening will be one of networking with some quality background music by students from the Waikato University Conservatorium.

Date: Wednesday March 12th
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Rouge Cafe
Tickets: General $40.00. To become a ‘Friend of the Festival ’click here.

Opera Brava - Opera & Musical Favourites

Opera BravaA Waikato based opera group containing some of the Waikato's talented and popular singers. Featured in this concert in the stunning surroundings of St Andrews Church, will be sopranos Elaine Wogan and Pamela Wallace, and baritones Ian Campbell and John Drummond with accompanist Francis Cowan. The programme will include works by the world's greatest composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Lloyd-Webber, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein and others.
Visit the website >

Date: Thursday March 13th
Time: 7.30pm
Location: St Andrews Church
Tickets: General $25. (Available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites).

Kevin Cotter -Storyteller

Opera BravaKevin Cotter is a storyteller. Born and bred in the Waikato, Kevin spent many years in the United States where Storytelling is a popular event at Festivals. Kevin learned the art of Storytelling there and became sought after to appear at Festivals and Storytelling events around America. Now retired back in Cambridge, Kevin is continuing to entertain listeners with a variety of stories. Funds are raised to support Parkinsons Waikato.

Date: Thursday March 13th
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Edwardian Room at the Cambridge Town Hall
Tickets: Gold coin donation at the door, proceeds go to Parkinson's Waikato.

Blackboard Friday

Businesses in and around Cambridge are being invited to put on their thinking caps and come up with prizewinning and witty blackboard messages to display on Friday 14th March [Blackboard Friday] as part of the Autumn Festival.

How creative are you?

Those keen to enter should place their amusingly-written blackboards at the entrances to their shops or businesses, take a photo of them and email to the Cambridge Edition editor, by Monday evening, March 17.
Entries will be judged and the winners announced in the Cambridge Edition on
March 19th.

So, out with the chalk and get creating…

Date: Friday March 14th
Time: All day

Chamber of Commerce Long Lunch

Long LunchThe Long Lunch held annually in the Cambridge Town Hall as part of the Festival encourages Waipa Business and residents to network over a fine meal and fine wines with entertainment. The Long Lunch is sponsored by Antanas Procuta, Architects

Date: Friday March 14th
Time: midday
Location: Town Hall
Tickets: from Chamber of Commerce, 1st Floor National Hotel

Whirimako Black

Whirimako BlackProudly sponsored by The Forsyth Barr Cambridge branch, Whirimako Black is New Zealand's star jazz and blues singer, singing in both English and te reo Maori some of her own compositions as well as many popular jazz standards. She has also been seen recently in the New Zealand film "White Lies".
She has won many awards and has toured extensively overseas, gathering a big international reputation. She was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006. St Andrews Church will provide an intimate setting for this concert.
Visit the Whirimako Black website here.

Date: Friday March 14th
Time: 7.30pm
Location: St Andrews Church
Tickets: General $20, Seniors $18, Students $15. (Available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites).

Films - Four fantastic choices

The Rouge Film Fiesta is a new feature of the Festival. We have selected four films to meet the interests of age ranges from children to adults.
Tickets: Adults $5 and children $2. Tickets availble at the door.

Now you see meNOW YOU SEE ME (M)
Featuring a team of illusionists who perform bank robberies and reward their audiences with the money.

Date: Friday March 14th
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Cambridge Town Hall.


PlanesPlanes (G)
Animated film about Dusty, a plane who dreams of becoming a high-flying racer but is afraid of heights.

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 10.30am
Location: The Cambridge Town Hall (new venue)


Her MajestyHer Majesty (PG)
A film about a young girl who realises her lifelong dream when Queen Elizabeth II visits her home town. Most likely of special interest to Cambridge residents as the film features Cambridge.
Screening courtesy of Sillicon Valley Film Fund 1 LLC. Visit movie website >
100% of proceeds to benefit the Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust.

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 2.30pm
Location: The Cambridge Town Hall (new venue)


ChocolatChocolat (M)
Shown under the stars! Bring a blanket and a picnic (and some chocolate)! Watch how a chocolatier changes the lives of a French village.

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 8pm
Location: WET WEATHER VENUE CONFIRMED: Cambridge Primary School Hall.

Cambridge Farmer's Market

Every Saturday, the Cambridge Farmers' Market is open on Victoria Square from 8am to midday with a wide range of local produce available to buy. This can often turn into a social occasion as people meet and chat to friends, have a coffee and listen to a singer or musician. Visit the Farmer's Market website >

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 8am to midday
Location: Victoria Square

Heritage Conducted Walking Tour

A Conducted Heritage Walk around Cambridge will meet at the Cambridge Museum and you will be in the experienced hands of Eris Parker who for many years was the curator of the Cambridge Museum. A history of our town at her fingertips.

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 2pm
Location: Cambridge Museum

Autumn Festival Ceilidh

Celtic CeilidhThe Cambridge Town Hall will host an evening ofof fun, dancing and music from a live band, with a supper to keep energy levels up! These events attract people of all ages  and whether you dance or not, the evening will be one anyone can enjoy, take part in or simply sit and soak up the atmosphere. An experience not to be missed.
Practise: The Cambridge Scottish Dancing Club is providing two nights for practising ceilidh dances. No charge, and they'll be held at the St Andrews Church Hall on Wednesday 5th and 12th of March at 7.00pm.

Date: Saturday March 15th
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Cambridge Town Hall
Tickets: General $20, Senior/Students $15, Family $50. (Available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites or Cambridge Travel).

Lettice and Lovage - Opening Night

Letice and LovageThis production by our local Gaslight Theatre opens on Saturday, March 15th. Part of the play is set in a country house in Wiltshire and part in London. Written by the distinguished playwright Peter Shaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus, the play starred Dame Maggie Smith and ran in the West End for 768 performances. A flamboyant tour guide who likes to embellish the history behind an English Country House, falls out with a fact conscious official.

Date: Saturday March 15th -29th
Time: Assorted times, check
Location: Gaslight Theatre
Tickets: Meal and/or show options. (Available from or from Wright’s Booksellers).

Waipa Fun Run and Walk ** Postponed because of bad weather**

CarnivalThe Waipa Fun Run has something to offer everyone - a 5km or 10km walk or run, the All Sew Embroidery Corporate Challenge and the 2km Ricoh School Challenge (for schools only) - you'll not be disappointed. This is a well supported event and attracts family and friends to cheer on the runners and then enjoy the Carnival Day once it is all over.
More info about the run here >

Date: Sunday March 16th
Time: Starts from 9am (check your specific race start times)
Location: Victoria Square
Fun Run Registration Cost: See Waipa Fun Run website

Main Street Carnival & NEW Autumn Art Market

Street CarnivalThe Main Street Carnival will be held from 10am to 1pm and this year will include the Autumn Art Market. An exciting new addition to the Festival this year, the Autumn Art Market is filled with art, photography, fashion, jewellery, pottery, sculpture and more! Come along to meet, talk to and watch working artists and creative groups. Artwork of all types will be available for purchase.
Autumn Art MarketAs usual, we will have street performers, musicians, singers, choirs to keep you entertained as you wander and enjoy the atmosphere. There will also be a competition for the kids.

Date: Sunday March 16th
Time: 10am - 1pm

Musico de Septem

Musico de SeptumMusico de Septem comprises seven talented musicians from the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. All are resident in Cambridge, Hamilton or Tauranga and are keen to make their mark on the local music scene. This newly formed ensemble, giving its inaugural performance, is an attractive combination of instruments containing as it does strings, woodwind and brass. The ensemble will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart and the first public performance of new work by a member of the ensemble. A concert not to be missed.

Date: Sunday March 16th
Time: 2.30pm
Location: St Andrews Church
Tickets: General $12, Students $5. (Available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites, or door sales on the day).

Ruth Wyand - Mama’s got the Blues

RuthThe Festival is pleased to support a concert by the American Blues singer Ruth Wyand on Friday evening 21st March in St Andrews Church. Ruth is an accomplished singer and guitarist and has a deep knowledge of the Blues and in particular the place of women in the development and history of the Blues. This will be her only appearance in the Waikato on her 2014 visit to New Zealand. Ruth will be supported by Darcy Perry and Sista Jacqui.
Find out more about Ruth Wyand on her website here >

Date: Friday March 21st
Time: 7.30pm
Location: St Andrews Church
Tickets: General $15, Seniors $10, Students $5. (Available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites or door sales on the night).


Dot Gunn

Dot Gunn - A retrospective exhibition

Dot was a passionate supporter of the arts in Cambridge over many years and she was herself a talented artist. The Festival is pleased to support a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Wrights Gallery.

Date: 13th - 22nd March
Location: Wrights (Bookshop), Upstairs Gallery on Victoria Street.




TICKETS: Most show tickets are available from the Cambridge and Te Awamutu iSites. Film tickets are available at the door at each screening.
Lettice and Lovage tickets are available from Wrights Booksellers or Dash Tickets.
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