Tempo celebrated its 10th anniversary under the guidance of Festival Director Celia Walmsley who joined the Tempo team in 2012. In the same year, the Government acknowledged the important role of the Tempo Dance Festival in promoting and supporting New Zealand dance and dancers, by awarding the New Zealand Dance Festival Trust Creative New Zealand Kahikatea status. Tempo continues to grow each year, developing key partnerships within the arts sector and strengthening its communication with the dance community to ensure the Festival remains a vital and significant event in New Zealand’s cultural landscape for generations to come.


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