About the Festival

The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is the vision of a group of people at Arts inc. Heretaunga who wanted to provide the foundation for an annual, international arts festival here in Hawke’s Bay.

Huge thanks must go to our funders, sponsors and supporters. None of this would have been possible without the endorsement and vision of Hastings District Council and Creative New Zealand who provided the seed funding from its inaugural year. The backing for the festival has been overwhelming and special thanks must go to our major sponsors - Harcourts, Porters Boutique Hotel and NZME (Hawke’s Bay Today, Radio Network) who have taken the lead alongside the Napier City Council, Furnware,  Ngatarawa and Wallace Development Company and our benefactors, patrons and supporters.

We have also received generous support from various trusts and foundations including, Gwen Malden, Bernard Chambers, HB Foundation, First Sovereign, Pub Charity, Infinity Foundatioin, First Light and Eastern and Central Community Trust, Pam Torbett Charitable Trust, Frimley Foundation, Pub Charity, Trust House and NZCT. 

This is just the start, we have a vision to grow this festival to be one of the foremost regional arts festivals in New Zealand, helping to build on Hawke’s Bay’s reputation as a vibrant and exciting place to live and visit. This is an amazing programme which will form the foundation for future festivals that will include more venues, giving high quality arts experiences across the Bay.

So get in quick, book your tickets, sit back and enjoy the show.


andy heast

Andy Heast
Chair, Arts Inc. Heretaunga

Special Thanks

To our sponsors