The 59th annual festival is scheduled to run from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 6 August 2023

The South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Society Inc.

The South Auckland Performing Arts Competitions Festival (SAPACS) is a major event on the Region’s Arts Calendar. It is run under the umbrella of the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand (PACANZ).

Below is our schedule of dates to assist with your planning. Please check back on this website for any further information as it becomes available. Adjudicator profiles will be available on the adjudicator’s link as they come to hand. Programme sections will be uploaded in section order approximately 4 to 5 weeks in advance of each section’s start dates. Your convenor will have a broad outline of class times prior to that for those needing to book accompanists etc.

Syllabus sections are now available on the 2023 festival information page. Please note that ballet will only be added if a convening team becomes available.



Speech & Drama
Monday & Tuesday 3 & 4 July (Wed 5 July)
Reserve day Wednesday 5 July
Possible evening session on Sunday 2 July

Junior Piano
Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 July (Wed 5 July)
Running of this section in full is dependent on assistance available, as there is no convenor.
Wednesday 5 July is reserve day for both Junior Piano and Speech & Drama


Senior Piano
Monday 10 and/or Tuesday 11 July
Tuesday could also be reserve afternoon/evening for Junior Vocal.

Junior Vocal
Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 July (Tues 11 – Sat 15)
Venue not available on Friday due to Matariki Holiday 14 July
Tuesday could also be reserve afternoon/evening for Junior Vocal.
Saturday morning could also be reserved for any overflow from Junior Vocal.
Note that groups are on Fri 4 August

Adult Vocal
Saturday and/or Sunday 15 & 16 July
Saturday morning could also be reserved for any overflow from Junior Vocal.
Note that groups are on Fri 4 August

Tap Section – Saturday
Troupes – Sunday
Saturday & Sunday 22 & 23 July

Instrumental Section including Groups
Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July
Late afternoon/evening sessions on Thursday and Friday as they are school days

Friday – Vocal Groups
Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August
Saturday & Sunday – Ballet – to be confirmed due to no current convenor

2023 Music Sections Online Entries close: (Piano, Vocal, Instrumental)

Monday 1st May at 10pm or until the festival is full.

If the form is still online, then there is still space.

The late entry extra fee provision is no longer applicable.

The online entry forms for music will only be available for a short time – from some time in early April.

Dance Sections: Tap & Troupe entries will open at 8:30pm 21st April. Once full, there will be a waitlist formed.

Please direct all music enquiries to

Tap queries should go to
All other dance queries to

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