The Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival will open with a repeat of last year's spectacularly successful outdoor performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Festival co-director Hamish Nathan said more than 2000 people packed the gardens last year to see the show on opening night.
The two-week festival starts on February 15.
Hamish said a large portion of the crowd "went all out" for the night, dressing up in stockings and stilettos.
"Even the volunteers - some of the older ladies - got into the spirit of it," he said.
The festival is being billed as the biggest and most exciting yet, with a huge line-up of acts and events, some of which are free to attend.
It will include theatre, music, dance, comedy, visual art, Maori art, literature and film.
The acts are a conglomeration of local, national, professional and amateur talent that is sure to delight.
You can order a hard copy of the festival programme at www.hgaf.co.nz or pick one up from i-Site in Garden Place, the central library, Hamilton Gardens Information Centre, Hamilton Gardens cafe and King St Advertising. You can also access a digital version on the website.
ARTS FESTIVAL FACTS
80,000-100,000 people are expected through Hamilton Gardens during the two-week festival.
Volunteers contribute 2000 hours of their time before and during the festival.
Organisers work on the festival throughout the year.
75 entertainers are taking part this year in more than 150 performances.
At least 70 of the performances are free to the public.