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About Sound Valley

The Sound Valley / Taiororua festival is back for 2022 and will be an inclusive music and art festival reflective of our diverse Whanganui community.

It will remain a 2 day event over the Taranaki Long weekend – Saturday is 18+ only and Sunday structured as a whānau friendly day for the whole community. Saturday will feature well known NZ bands and drum and bass acts on the mainstage and the runners club electronic stage – alongside pop up art, performances, workshops and activities in various zones including the Whanganui Pride Village and Hempress healing space.

On the Sunday, Children will be able to attend for free and family orientated high profile Aotearoa artists and bands and activities will be available throughout the day. 2 day and single day passes are available along with camping on site and shuttles to and from the town centre.

The Lost Art Events team had a challenging inaugural event in March 2021 due to a last minute Covid related postponement. However we have shaken off the struggles of last year and are looking forward to delivering a fun and creative multi-faceted festival which aligns with the Whanganui brand. The team are dedicated to promoting Whanganui as a vibrant destination, using local suppliers and working with local business where possible. Our aim is to have a positive impact on the community through attracting visitors and boosting the local economy. Alongside the well known acts we will also be showcasing local talent and providing an opportunity for them to gain experience and networking opportunities.

We are committed to celebrating our mutli cultural community and will be a bi-lingual event that promotes te reo Māori.

Our Values


Kia tukuna atu ngā momo manaakitanga ki ngā tāngata katoa e haere mai ana ki Taiororua me te hiahia tonu ki te hoki mai.
To provide welcoming hospitality to our visiting artists and guests. To ensure everyone leaves Whanganui filled with the warmth of our community and a desire to return.


Kia whakamanahia i ngā pakihi katoa o te rohe nei.
That we support and uplift local businesses and organisations in our community and contribute to the local economy.

Mahi Toi/Creativity.

Kia whakatū tētahi wāhi pai mutunga mō ngā kaimahi Toi katoa o te rohe nei.
To provide a platform for local artists to showcase their talent and an opportunity for our community to experience performances from artists across New Zealand and one day the world – here in Whanganui.

Kotahitanga/Inclusion and diversity.

Kia whakapiripiri mai ngā tāngata katoa i raro i te whakaaro kotahi.
To ensure our festival is reflective of our whole community. That we provide a safe, inclusive, and diverse experience for our artists, visitors, staff and sponsors and that is reflected in our communications, partnerships and physical spaces.

Mahi Taiao/Environment.

Kia tiakina tō tātou Taiao.
To host waste free events to minimise the impact on our beautiful district.

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