Learn from the best at the Kiwigrass Academy 2019

Expand your musical horizons at the new Kiwigrass Academy –  two days of in-depth tuition and participation leading in to the 2019 Kiwigrass Festival.

This is a unique opportunity to absorb the knowledge and experience of top international players. More information about our instructors for 2020 will be posted here as we book artists.

The Kiwigrass Academy is modelled on examples like the RockyGrass Academy, which have proved so successful at the most popular festivals in the United States.  For the first time, you can benefit from this level of instruction at a New Zealand festival without shelling out thousands of dollars for airfares.

Bill’s Concert Hall

You don’t have to be an advanced player,  everyone will be alongside participants of similar experience.  However you will need to have a basic familiarity with your instrument to join the novice stream which will be separate from the other players.

Getting to meet, jam, and perform with other like-minded musicians over two full days will be one of the biggest rewards when you participate in the Kiwigrass Academy.

Dates and times

The Kiwigrass Academy starts at 9 am Wednesday 29 January 2020, and finishes with an evening concert on Thursday 30 January 2020.  We recommend you arrive on Tuesday 28 Jan to be ready for breakfast and the 9am Wednesday start.


Both the Kiwigrass Academy and the Kiwigrass Festival will be held at the Sir Don Rowlands Event Centre on Lake Karāpiro in the Mighty River Domain near Cambridge. Camping options are available from Monday 27 January onwards to dovetail with the Auckland Folk Festival campers.

Book your accommodation directly by contacting Lake Karāpiro.


Breakfast and lunch is included on the days of the Kiwigrass academy Wednesday, 29 Jan 2019 and Thursday, 30 Jan 2019.  Dinner will be available for purchase from the Podium Cafe or nearby eateries. the campground also has excellent self-catering facilities. Tea and coffee throughout the day are included.


Kiwigrass is produced with the support of:


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Creative Communities NZ-Waipa


Kereru Brewing


and in association with :



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