Learn from the best at the Kiwigrass Academy

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 from The Lonely Heartstring band (USA), Australia’s Bluegrass Parkway band, and the extraordinary Kiwi guitarist Mark Mazengarb.

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.

See the Kiwigrass Academy Program and Schedule

Dates and times

The Kiwigrass Academy starts at 9 am Wednesday 30 January 2019, and finishes with an evening concert on Thursday 31 January 2019.  We recommend you arrive on Tuesday 29 Jan to be ready for the breakfast and the 9am Wednesday start.


Both the Kiwigrass Academy and the Kiwigrass Festival will be held at the ideal venue – the Narrows Camp a few minutes from Hamilton. Bunk rooms and camping  options are available from Monday 28 January onwards to dovetail with the Auckland Folk Festival campers.

Book your accommodation directly by emailing the Narrows Park at lovetostay@narrowspark.co.nz or calling +64 (07) 843 6862


Breakfast and dinner is included on the days of the Kiwigrass academy Wednesday 30 Jan 2019 and Thursday 31 Jan 2019.   Lunch will be available at a small cost.  Tea and coffee included.

There are shared kitchen facilities available to self-cater and cook your own meals outside of these times and throughout the Kiwigrass Festival. Takeaway food is available nearby and in Hamilton, 10 minutes’ drive away.

See the Kiwigrass Academy Programme and Schedule

Kiwigrass is sponsored by: