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Nicolas Stevens Architect We have it on good authority that the acoustics are world class The best sounding performance space in New Zealand Neil Finn The whole auditorium can be used as a dynamic stage Lisa-Jane Easter

About The Blyth

One of the finest concert chambers in New Zealand – A building born of a dream.

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, at Iona College, honours the legacy of Iona Old Girl Margaret Blyth and is named in memory of her parents: Lieutenant–Colonel Lawrence (Curly) and Ethel May Blyth. The Blyth Performing Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art space for the performing arts; recognised for its contemporary architectural expression and exceptional acoustic qualities. Whether you are planning an event or require a venue for performances, presentations or public benefit, the distinctive and dramatic impact of The Blyth will impress.

The Venue

A building born of a dream.

The distinctive and sculptural Blyth Performing Arts Centre opens with a dramatic double height foyer that leads into an auditorium with seating capacity for 396, a raised stage and a chamber with outstanding concert acoustics.

Become a Friend of The Blyth

One of the finest concert chambers in New Zealand.

Friends of The Blyth receive advanced notification and preferential booking privileges for special events and functions.

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Interested in The Blyth Performing Arts Centre?

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The Blyth Performing Arts Centre has garnered extraordinary praise from a wide variety of sources and received many awards.

The Public Building Award at the 2015 NZIA Hawkes Bay Awards

A Gold Pin for Spatial Design at the Best Awards in 2015

Best Arts and Education Building at the Property Council Awards

The New Zealand Architecture Medal for 2015 at the NZIA National Awards – for the best building in New Zealand for 2015