Through an exciting partnership between the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific and Creative New Zealand the Edinburgh Festivals Intensive programme has been reignited. This opportunity supports New Zealand artists to experience the Edinburgh festivals and this will be the first time a New Zealand delegation of artists has travelled to Edinburgh since pre-Covid-19. 

Artists will be attending the 2023 Edinburgh Art, Book and Fringe Festivals with a combination of first timers (teina artists) alongside seasoned practitioners who have travelled to Edinburgh before (tuakana artists). The programme is bringing together a group of performing, visual and literary artists to soak-up the world-class experience of Edinburgh’s festivals.

The Edinburgh Festivals Intensive programme provides artists with a chance to experience the festivals first-hand, build networks and understand what’s required to perform at Edinburgh – the programme is about learning and gathering experience and that could enable artists to go and perform or exhibit at the festivals in the future. 

Natasha Beckman, Director of the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific, says the return to Edinburgh is so important to help restore relationships after the pandemic. “We’re thrilled to announce the 17 New Zealand artists that will be able to soak up all that Edinburgh’s festivals offer. Our work is to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide, and to create reciprocal opportunities that are rewarding” says Beckman.

Click here for more information about the Edinburgh Festivals Intensive Programme and here to read Creative New Zealand’s news story about the delegation selection. Click here to read more about the delegates.


Teina Tuakana
  • Alice Canton
  • Amit Noy
  • Ana Scotney
  • Arlo Gibson
  • Cian Parker
  • Eddie Elliott
  • Sherilee Kahui
  • Vanessa Immick
  • Helena-Jane Kilkelly
  • Joel Baxendale
  • Julia Croft
  • Karin McCracken
  • Leo Gene Peters
  • Sacha Copland
  • Stella Reid

Momentum International Delegate Programme

The 17-strong delegation includes two arts practitioners who have been specially selected for the British Council-partnered Momentum literature and visual arts international delegate programme which sees curators, creative entrepreneurs, funders, media professionals, officials, producers and programmers from all over the world immerse themselves in an unrivalled showcase of global cultural excellence.

Claire Mabey and Taarati Taiaroa have been selected to participate in the Literature and Visual Arts programmes respectively. 

Read more about the Momentum programme here.

Claire Mabey (left) and Taarati Taiaroa (right)

Claire Mabey

Claire Mabey is a writer, books editor at The Spinoff, founder of literary organisation Verb Wellington, founder of arts production company Pirate & Queen, and is currently the co-curator of the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts' writers programme. In 2022 she was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary to work on a middle grade novel. Former roles include commissioning editor at Brepols Publishers, Associate Director of Tauranga Arts Festival and programme manager at Auckland Writers Festival. She writes a newsletter at and is mum to Charlie.

Taarati Taiaroa

Taarati Taiaroa (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Apa) is Ringahāpai Kaitakatū Ngā Toi Māori | Assistant Curator Contemporary Māori Art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre. Previously Taarati was Assistant Curator Māori Art for Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art at Toi o Tāmaki and in 2021, she was the Blue Oyster Art project Space 2021 Summer Resident in association with the Dunedin School of Art. Recent written contributions can be found in Crafting Aotearoa (2019), Art New Zealand (Summer 2021-22), Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art (2022) and Robin White: Something is Happening Here (2022).


See media stories:

▶ Whakaata Māori: 
Momentum delegate Taarati Tairoa departs for Edinburgh 
Starting at 15:40

Television New Zealand:
Breakfast News interview