PANNZ ARTS MARKET 2024: 4-6 March

The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market is Aotearoa/New Zealand's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector.

Ko te Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Mākete Toi te tino kaupapa mō ngā kaimahi toi rātou ko ngā kaiwhakaputa ko ngā kaiwhakaatu me ngā kaiārahi o ngā rāngai huri noa i te rāngai mahi a te rēhia o Aotearoa.

The PANNZ Arts Market 2024 has now finished.

More than 300 delegates (presenters, artists, producers and industry administrators) from Aotearoa and around the world gathered across three days to share work, connect and build relationships. The event was a huge success and PANNZ looks forward to sharing the many positive outcomes over the coming months.

Did you attend the Arts Market 2024? 


We will never be lost; we are the hull of a great canoe

The PANNZ Arts Market 2024 was guided by this whakataukī (proverb), which originates from the great explorer Kupe, who is acknowledged in Māori and Pacific narratives across Aotearoa and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

In many iwi (tribal) narratives, Kupe is acknowledged for, alongside his wife Kuramārōtini, discovering the islands of Aotearoa.

This whakataukī supports PANNZ’s aspirations to strengthen relationships, showcase the innovation of artists, navigate journeys together through all weathers, and foster a resilient arts, culture and creativity eco-system.



The PANNZ Arts Market took place across three days in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), 4th, 5th and 6th March 2024.

This Arts Market saw a return to showcases and pitches happening live and in person, as we continue to build on having artists and their work at the centre of what we do.

We showcased multiple full-length performances within a theatre environment, as well as one-minute and five-minute pitch sessions of exciting tour-ready performance works.

Across the three days there were both formal and informal networking opportunities and roundtable sessions. The programme featured talks, ideas and discussions that captured the creative zeitgeist and provided a platform for connection, and collaboration on the themes and priorities faced by our sector and the world. During the Arts Market there were a number of taster showings so delegates experienced as much art as possible!

We are delighted to have had such a high calibre selection of pitches and showcases during the PANNZ Arts Market 2024. We consulted with a panel of national and international industry representatives to help us select who pitched and showcaseed their work. Work was selected through rigorous assessment of the application information provided. The panel looked for work that represented the breadth of the performing arts sector in Aotearoa, bringing collective knowledge, experience and insight to the assessment process.

Here's a breakdown of the presentation types that featured during the Arts Market:

  • Five-Minute Pitches: This featured artists/producers with work ranging from 'in-development' to 'tour ready' and were live five-minute pitches during the market.


  • One-Minute Pitches:  This featured artists/producers with work ranging from 'an idea' to 'tour ready' and were pre-recorded one-minute videos played in person during the market.
  • Wheako/Experiences:  This featured artists/producers wanting to invite presenters and Arts Market delegates into their 'work in development' in some way. This included readings, workshops, showings, tasters and excerpts.


  • Full-Length Showcases. This featured artists/producers with tour-ready full length works able to be showcased as a complete production alongside the Market.

The Arts Market 2024 utilised the Arts Front Platform - a software system developed specifically for the arts sector by our Australian partners, Feral Arts.

All registered delegates have a profile on the platform with details of their work and ways to connect with them. Delegates retain access to the platform for 12 months following the Market.

A number of international presenters and collaborators attended the PANNZ Arts Market 2024 with support from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (CNZ).

The 2024 international programme included hosting of guests to ensure meaningful connections were made between pitching and showcasing artists, for either future presentations internationally, or to collaborate or commission and localise work in their territories.

A big thank-you to our partners for making the PANNZ Arts Market possible:

CORE FUNDER: Creative New Zealand

MAJOR PARTNERS: Arts FrontAuckland Live, and Asia NZ Foundation


INDUSTRY PARTNERS: Q Theatre, Basement Theatre, Ticketmaster, Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival, Aotearoa NZ Festival of the Arts, Track Zero, APRA AMCOS / One Music NZ , Funding HQ and the New Zealand Music Commission

ACCOMMODATION PARTNER: Four Points by Sheraton



PANNZ was funded by Creative New Zealand in 2015 to run the national touring agency. We support the touring of professional Aotearoa/New Zealand theatre, music and dance, and is a key initiative towards a sustainable touring network in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The purpose is to deliver high-quality work, with more than three people on stage, to medium-large scale professional performing arts venues throughout the country.

Each August, expressions of interest open for touring the following year. Applications are considered for suitability (marketing collateral, quality, scale and financial viability) and then a shortlist is taken to presenters to consider demand.

The 2023 our National Touring seasons featured Shel We, The Haka Party Incident by Katie Wolfe and UPU, touring to 8 centres throughout Aotearoa.


Please contact if you have any questions regarding the Arts Market.