Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival 2018

Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival has a smorgasbord of incredible choice over the coming Hawke’s Bay Anniversary/Labour Weekend, so here is a sample of ideas for planning your festival circuit.  

  1. Open Tent – we will throw the doors of the Spiegeltent open for an hour between shows:  a free peak to see what goes on inside this beautiful New Zealand built spectacle.  Friday , 11am –noon.
  2. Head out to Waiohiki Creative Arts Village for the Pyroclassic Fire and Clay - an exciting night of culture, craft and fire for the whole whānau, featuring fire sculpture, hāngi, fire pit and raku ceramic firing. Friday, from 6pm.
  3. Poetry Slam in the Spiegeltent – if you think poetry isn’t your thing, think again. To battle! With poetry! For the first time in Hawke’s Bay, Motif Poetry presents the format taking the world by storm. Poetry Slam is a competitive, high-energy poetry show known for being accessible and great fun. Friday, 6pm.
  4. Up for some late night fun with the Shuffle Demons? These high-energy, virtuosic jazz funkateers bring joyous chaos to the world. A crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group all the way from Canada that backs their riotous over-the-top antics with phenomenal playing. Friday, 9.30pm.
  5. Readers and Writers – seven events over the weekend bringing the best writers, poets, bloggers, journalists, innovators and artists together with audiences to debate issues, to open up worlds and to share the stories that are at the heart of all human experience.
  6. The Ngatarawa Festival Garden sessions will fill the Festival Garden with a wonderfully eclectic mix of Hawke’s Bay musical talent, come down, grab some food, drink and enjoy this funky space in the heart of the village. Saturday, various times.
  7. White Night celebrates the arty, creative side of Napier with open galleries, artworks, performances and wonder.  World-class street performers will fill nooks and crannies of the CBD to surprise and delight, so search out the The Nukes, Meta, Dancing Graffiti and Out of the Blue. Saturday, 7-10pm. For a map, click here 
  8. The Nukes in the Spiegeltent - the innocent little uke is the instrument of choice this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. Sunday, 6pm.
  9. Fun for the kids – Children are Stinky you can expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lighting fast hula hoops, and a belly-load of laughs. Monday, 1.30pm.
  10. Behind the Lines - Māori music trailblazers, Ria Hall and Rob Ruha, come together for dual show with spectacular visuals, lighting and messages of Kotahitanga, nationhood, prophecy and mana. Monday, 8pm.


15-28 OCTOBER 2018


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