Kiwigrass – New Zealand’s Own Bluegrass Festival

Kiwigrass 2021: February 5-7
Lake Karāpiro, Cambridge.

AJ Lee and Blue Summit wearing Kiwigrass T-shirts
AJ Lee and Blue Summit look mighty sharp in their Kiwigrass T-shirts. photo – Ian Fisk

Kiwigrass is the home of New Zealand’s Bluegrass, where all purveyors and lovers of bluegrass assemble once a year to share their mutual love of the music born in the hills of Kentucky, and now spread all around the world. Musicians from all over New Zealand, and from overseas come with banjos, guitars, mandolins, fiddles, dobros and double bass to jam together, learn from one another, and enjoy each other’s company for a full weekend of Bluegrass. From Bill Monroe to Billy Strings, the traditional and the contemporary, all is celebrated at this family-friendly, relaxed annual festival located on the banks of Lake Karāpiro at the Mighty River Domain.

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Camp Kiwigrass

Wednesday 3rd February 2021 – Thursday 4th February 2021

The Kiwigrass Academy Class of 2020
The Kiwigrass Academy Class of 2020 and instructors. photo: Ian Fisk

Open to all bluegrass and old time musicians and those who would like to learn, Camp Kiwigrass is an opportunity to expand your musical horizons through collaboration and interaction with other practitioners of the genre. Expect impromptu sharing of knowledge, lots of jam sessions, a band scramble competition with fabulous prizes, and many opportunities to perform. Camp Kiwigrass replaces Kiwigrass Academy this year, due to the Covid19 pandemic and the unavailability of instructors from the US. The format will be different, but the experience will be every bit as exciting and enjoyable!

Kiwigrass Festival

Friday evening 5 February 2021 – Sunday afternoon 7 February 2021

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Kiwigrass is produced with the support of:
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and in association with :
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