PANNZ ARTS MARKET 2023, 13 - 16 March

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Mākete Mahi Toi o PANNZ 2023

Applications to pitch and showcase at the PANNZ Arts Market 2023 are now closed.

Registrations to attend the Arts Market will open Monday 12 December 2022.

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.

The PANNZ Arts Market 2023 is a hybrid format - a two-day Digital Arts Market followed by a two-day In Person Gathering that will be held alongside Auckland Arts Festival.

The Arts Market provides a unique environment where networks and relationships are built, and lasting partnerships are formed. It’s a place where we collaborate as a community to encourage the sharing of performing arts throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.

Nau mai, haere mai, as our sector works to overcome tough times, to rebuild and to unify. Join us in strengthening relationships and in nurturing our community so that we can better advocate for the life force that is our work. So we can ensure that as an industry our root systems endure; that we remain strong together.

A big thank-you to our partners, Creative New Zealand (major funder), Auckland LiveArts FrontTicketmaster and The Big Idea for making the PANNZ Arts Market 2023 possible.

Key Dates

Delegate Registrations Open: Monday 12 December 2022
Successful Pitch/Showcase applicants notified: Wednesday 14 December 2022
Digital Arts Market Days: Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 March 2023
In Person Gathering Days: Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 March 2023 (In Auckland)

A Four-Day Event

Digital Arts Market: 13 - 14 March, 2023
In Person Gathering: 15 - 16 March, 2023 

Artists will present works in live streamed pitch/showcase sessions via our digital platform in the two-day Digital Arts Market (13 & 14 March 2023). Presenters and industry peers can then engage with artists and their works in both real time and on-demand. The Digital Arts Market also includes panel discussions, and opportunities to connect and network.

The two-day In Person Gathering (15 & 16 March 2023) is designed to facilitate networking opportunities, and to host panel discussions which speak to the current performing arts landscape in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 


The Platform
The two-day Digital Arts Market is hosted on the Arts Front Platform - a software system developed specifically for the arts sector by our Australian partners, Feral Arts

“I found the platform brilliant - it was a great way to navigate all the presenters and to jump in and out of the experience when you needed to...It's more efficient, more sustainable and still creates a  sense of community and comradery.” - PANNZ Digital Arts Market 2022 Attendee 

“The streaming was fantastic, and the platform seamless.” - Tammy Brennan, Testimony Arts (Australia)

These first two days of the Arts Market 2023 focus on showcasing the work of Aotearoa/New Zealand's performing artists to local and international presenters.

Since the inception of the Digital Arts Market as a response to COVID-19 in 2021, the format has seen an increase in our international delegates. Going digital has enabled more connection with people around the world, and the formation of many great relationships.

"PANNZ is truly my favourite digital experience of the past two + years." - Denise Bolduc, Harbourfront Centre (Canada)

“The videos are great and the conversations with the artists and the hosts are excellent to give context.” - Shoshana Polanco, La Teatreria & Teatrix MX (Mexico)

The Curated Programme
We are delighted to once again share such a high calibre selection of pitches and showcases during the two-day Digital Arts Market. 

As there are a limited number of presenting opportunities at the Digital Arts Market, we have consulted with a panel of national and international industry representatives to help us select who will pitch and showcase their work. Work is selected through rigorous assessment of the application information provided. The panel looks for work that represents the breadth of the performing arts sector in Aotearoa, bringing collective knowledge, experience and insight to the assessment process.


The Presentation Types
Here's a breakdown of the presentation types that will be streamed during the digital market.

One-minute Pitches These short but sweet pre-recorded pitches from a wide variety of artists/works will be spotlighted throughout the Digital Arts Market. These are also available to view at any time in the One-Minute Pitch tab (on the Arts Front Platform).


Eight-minute Pitches Eight-Minute Pitch sessions will take place across both days of the Digital Arts Market, with groups of pitches programmed together from a wide range of Aotearoa/New Zealand artists.  Following each pitch session, there will be a Q&A with the artists.

Eight-minute Pitches are predominantly works that are suitable for touring within Aotearoa/New Zealand.


International Showcases Delivered with the support of Creative New Zealand, the International Showcases profile artists/works which are suitable for both national and international presentation and collaborations. These works are ready for the world stage.

Showcase sessions will be curated and there will be more information on this released prior to the Market.



The easing of COVID-19 restrictions sees the return of a multi-day in-person event, held in Auckland as part of the PANNZ Arts Market 2023. 

The In Person Gathering will feature panel discussions and networking opportunities to allow for further kōrero between artists and presenters, face to face. Delegates are encouraged to attend these invaluable two days of coming together.

“Great to be in person and exchanging ideas.” - Attendee, PANNZ In Person Gathering, Sept 2022

“I walked in knowing no one and left feeling a part of the arts community in NZ.”  - Attendee, PANNZ In Person Gathering, Sept 2022

No pitches or showcases will occur during the In Person Gathering (these will only be programmed in the Digital Arts Market component as part of the first two days of the Market). 

“It was an historic PANNZ event. Because artists weren’t pitching they were free to be part of conversations / this was great!”  - Attendee, PANNZ In Person Gathering, Sept 2022

The Programme

The full programme for the In Person Gathering will be released in February 2023.


In partnership with the International Team at Creative New Zealand, PANNZ has supported 9 artists to showcase their work as part of the two-day Digital Arts Market. The Showcases have been selected with the primary purpose of those works/artists exploring future international opportunities.

A number of international presenters and collaborators have been invited to attend the Digital Arts Market. In 2022, over 50 delegates attended from around the world, and in 2023 a similar number of international guests are expected.

The In person international programme will include hosting of guests to ensure meaningful connections are made between pitching and showcasing artists, for either future presentations internationally, or to collaborate or commission and localise work in their territories.


PANNZ was funded by Creative New Zealand in 2015 to run the national touring agency, Tour-Makers. Tour-Makers supports 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. Tour-Makers’ 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 2022 Tour-Makers seasons featured A Boy Called Piano (The Conch) and Thoroughly Modern Maūi (Metro Māori Productions), touring to 12 centres throughout Aotearoa.



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


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