See Do Experience
I am the river, the river is me
E rere kau mai te Āwanui, Mai i te Kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa. Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au.
New Zealand's 'best women's festival' has been proudly celebrated in Whanganui since 2010.
“La Fiesta”, New Zealand’s best and longest running women’s fest. With around 95 events this year, it is the second largest line-up that La Fiesta has put together in its thirteen year history – following on from its biggest ever festival in 2021 with 101 events.
Established and founded in 2010, the festival offers diverse opportunities for everyone in the community to connect, to be inspired, and challenge for change. Featuring around 55 event partners, there is something for everyone this La Fiesta.
Get moving, join a workshop, experience three feature exhibitions at two art gallery spaces, enjoy live music performances, celebrate cultural diversity, and have some good old-fashioned fun. Look out for the return of the ever-popular Frocks On Bikes in the last week of the festival showcasing Whanganui’s wonderful shared pathways and unique downtown heritage.
Presenters from across the Whanganui district, as well as Taranaki and Wellington, will feature in the 2022 line-up. La Fiesta launches with an exhibition opening at A Gallery, and a special musical concert at Space Studio and Gallery on Friday 11 February. Local singer/songwriter Owen Hugh will have you laughing, crying and maybe even singing along with his covers and originals about the women he has loved and lost and been influenced by.
The festival is a My Vaccine Pass event and is designed to run under Orange or Red settings under the New Zealand Covid-19 Protection Framework.