Welcome to the Pop-Up Festival of Words 2023! We're excited to bring you a varied selection of literary events over four days at several venues around the region. We have put together information about bookings, attending events and our venues. If your question is not answered below please email us or phone us on 06 759 6060.

We can't wait to see you there!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a 'Pop Up' Festival mean?

We welcomed you all to a wonderful, action-packed Festival of Words in 2021 with over 20 speakers and even more events. This year we’re bringing you a smaller range of speakers, workshops and talks that pack just as big of a punch over the four days.

Will there be a help desk at the Festival?

Yes, a help desk will be located in the foyer of Puke Ariki Library.

Is seating allocated at the Festival?

Seating for all events is general admission, we ask that you allow for plenty of time before events to make yourself at home and find your seat. Some workshops are for adults or children only, please ensure your ticket type is suitable.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Festival?

Yes. All events during our Festival of Words Pop Up require a ticket. To book for particular event, check out the event's listing.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

Books will be available for purchase at selected events, as well as at Poppies Bookstore next to Puke Ariki Library.

Are your venues accessible?

All of our venues are accessible, but to ensure we can do our best to accommodate your needs, let us know by calling 06 759 6060 or emailing paevents@npdc.govt.nz

Can I take photos at the event?

Photography without flash is permitted, but please ensure your device is on silent. Filming events is not permitted.

Can I bring food and drink into the venue?

You can bring your own food into events at Puke Ariki Library and the Community Libraries. Food and drinks purchased onsite at the Museum can be taken into events in the Museum Foyer. No food is allowed at any of the other venues.

Will there be door sales?

No door sales will be available. Tickets can be purchased online up until the time of the event using i-TICKET. Tickets are also available to purchase from the New Plymouth i-SITE daily from 10am – 5pm.

Booking Information

Bookings for events can be made online via Puke Ariki and iTICKET or at the New Plymouth i-SITE.

All ticketed events are subject to availability. Tickets are non-transferable between events and there will be no refunds or exchanges. For paid ticketed events, additional fees may apply. If a paid ticketed event is cancelled, then the ticket price will be refunded by iTICKET. All other fees and charges are non-refundable.

Tickets on sale 1 May 2023.


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