A Prudent Man

A Prudent Man

Sep 26

A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines…

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Back of the Bus

Back of the Bus

Sep 26 - Sep 28

It’s Napier’s turn to experience the magical joyride that was a sell-out sensation at the 2015 festival. Come ride a bus through the…

A Bus (MTG Bus Stop)

Yana Alana Covered

Yana Alana Covered

Sep 26 - Sep 27

Yana Alana is best known for her nude shows. In a risqué act of defiance this queen of queer cabaret will appear on stage fully clothed,…

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Women of Influence

Women of Influence

Sep 27

New Zealand Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly empowers young women to speak up and stand out. A feminist advocate, Lizzie’s award-winning…

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The Wholehearted

The Wholehearted

Sep 27

Open yourself up to The Wholehearted. An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love, The Wholehearted is a heart-warming devised…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

The Hooligan & The Lady

The Hooligan & The Lady

Sep 28

1913. True story. Miss Florence LeMar, Kiwi vaudevillian, has an epiphany. Discovering the health-giving and life-saving benefits of the…

Woodford Hall (Woodford House)

Driftwood

Driftwood

Sep 28 - Sep 30

Prepare to be mesmerised when Australia’s Casus Circus returns to the festival with their breathtaking new show, Driftwood. As we drift…

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Sep 29

Egan Bidois has worked over twenty years in the mental health sector in roles from a support worker to a national policy advisor sitting on…

Parlour Projects

The Creamery

The Creamery

Sep 29

The irrepressible Java Dance returns to the festival with their captivating new work, The Creamery. Inspired by their visits to…

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Cheese

Cheese

Sep 30

Amazing animals, squirting milk jets and flying hay bales combine with all the bells and whistles to make cheese. Dancing milkmaids and…

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Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules

Sep 30

Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris will talk about a first for New Zealand’s young readers – Annual. This vibrant miscellany for 9 –12…

Havelock North Function Centre

Family Fiction

Family Fiction

Sep 30

Hidden secrets that fester until they burst out and threaten to destroy families are at the heart of wildly different new novels by Jenny…

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The Kugels

The Kugels

Sep 30

Take three former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a top New Zealand composer and arts laureate, and a shared passion for…

Napier Century Theatre (MTG)

Poropiti

Poropiti

Sep 30

This two-person show Poropiti is a series of vignettes traversing different points in Māori history; from utopian visions of a…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Beauty Matters

Beauty Matters

Sep 30

David weaves storytelling performance, music and discussion around the importance of beauty - even his globally famous lights shine in…

Napier Century Theatre (MTG)

The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

Sep 30

Nick Cave. Beyond comparison, beyond genre, beyond dispute. Cave pens love eulogies that’ll sink you to your knees, performs like a…

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Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

Oct 1

Jenny Pattrick’s novels are beloved for their wrenchingly human interplays between characters, for their charm and compassion. Jenny…

Napier Century Theatre (MTG)

The Listies Make you LOL!

The Listies Make you LOL!

Oct 1 - Oct 2

Australia’s favourite kids’ comedians, The Listies, are bringing their insanely funny family comedy show to the festival. Get ready…

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The Unusual Silence

The Unusual Silence

Oct 1

The Unusual Silence is a concert in remembrance of WWI bringing together some of New Zealand’s finest singers, Voices New Zealand Chamber…

Napier Cathedral

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Writing Historical Fiction

Writing Historical Fiction

Oct 1

JENNY PATTRICK WORKSHOP Jenny will share some of the useful research tools available in this workshop investigating the pleasures and…

Hastings City Art Gallery

It's a Kind of Magic

It's a Kind of Magic

Oct 1

Mega award winning writer Kate de Goldi‘s books are so intricately constructed, so beautifully voiced, they are beloved by adults and…

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Heart Goes Boom/Head Goes Bang

Heart Goes Boom/Head Goes Bang

Oct 1

Sometimes life comes apart. When it does, laughter is your greatest weapon. Jamie Bowen presents his hilarious and heartfelt stand-up…

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Mixtape Dance Show

Mixtape Dance Show

Oct 1

Mixtape consists of six contemporary works choreographed by Perri Exeter and Joash Fahitua, inspired by stories from their culture,…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

We Need to Talk About P

We Need to Talk About P

Oct 2

The P we need to talk about is the white collar P, the blue collar P, the P in everyone’s backyard. We use violent words to talk about…

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Acis & Galatea

Acis & Galatea

Oct 2 - Oct 3

Hawke’s Bay’s renowned Festival Opera creates another platform for Project Prima Volta members with a contemporary take on Handel’s…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Thomas Oliver

Thomas Oliver

Oct 2 - Oct 3

In 2015, Thomas Oliver wowed festival audiences as one-third of talented trio Pass the Gat. This year he’s back with a five-piece band,…

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Diversity

Diversity

Oct 3

Photographer, film-maker and performance artist William Yang is a major figure in Australian art and celebrity society. He is the subject…

Parlour Projects

Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon

Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon

Oct 4 - Oct 7

Imagine what it’s like to stay up all night! Meet Sunny Ray: happy, light, a true wonder of the world. Meet her best friend in the sky,…

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The Magic Pen

The Magic Pen

Oct 4

DYLAN HORROCKS WORKSHOP When he’s not making comics, award winning graphic illustrator Dylan Horrocks travels internationally at the…

Hastings City Art Gallery

The Contours of Heaven

The Contours of Heaven

Oct 4

A length of coastline… a number of settlements and all the whenua within. It is the place where an anchor and a waka were left - a land…

Arts Inc Heretaunga

The Māori Sidesteps

The Māori Sidesteps

Oct 4 - Oct 5

The Māori Sidesteps is the newest and naughtiest Māori showband on the Aotearoa entertainment scene. Formed in 2016, this group of…

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Vincent

Vincent

Oct 4

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most recognisable and beloved painters. Leonard Nimoy’s celebrated play Vincent is based on…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Dr Geeklove

Dr Geeklove

Oct 4

A big voice, a tiny keyboard, an electrified accordion, a guitar-wielding sidekick and a bunch of kooky hits. Recently returned to New…

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The Contours of Heaven

The Contours of Heaven

Oct 5

Toimairangi, Hastings

The Full Stretch

The Full Stretch

Oct 5

Alt-country singer songwriter Stretch brings his acclaimed debut album Bury All Horses for a one-and-only live performance from the full…

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The Orchid and the Crow

The Orchid and the Crow

Oct 5

A life-affirming musical comedy about family, faith and survival. Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. In 2004 he found…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Beside Herself

Beside Herself

Oct 6

Award winning poet, musician and creative writing teacher Chris Price returns by popular request after enchanting a large crowd at the…

Arts Inc Heretaunga

Lolo Lovina

Lolo Lovina

Oct 6 - Oct 7

Lolo Lovina is an intoxicating brew infused with unza, swing and Balkan gypsy beats. Fronted by acclaimed Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak…

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Otto & Astrid - Eurosmash

Otto & Astrid - Eurosmash

Oct 6

Otto & Astrid are Berlin’s (self-appointed) Prince and Princess of Art Rock and Europop, and the two halves of Die Roten…

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From Ahuriri to China

From Ahuriri to China

Oct 7

From the sea trading smuggling to our own landscapes and place names, Deborah Challinor recreates worlds from our recent colonial…

Havelock North Function Centre

Lies, Fake Lies, and Alternative Facts

Lies, Fake Lies, and Alternative Facts

Oct 7

In a world where fake news and alternative facts are normalised, we coin terms like “post truth”. Nicky Hager and Matt Kidd discuss the…

Havelock North Function Centre

Big Fiction

Big Fiction

Oct 7

Catherine Chidgey and Stephen Daisley, winners of New Zealand’s new premier literary award, discuss the painfully imagined inner worlds…

Havelock North Function Centre

Pss Pss

Pss Pss

Oct 7 - Oct 8

Inspired by Chaplin, Keaton, and the stars of silent films, Compagnia Baccalà’s timeless performance has been delighting audiences…

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Declan O'Rourke & Vishtèn

Declan O'Rourke & Vishtèn

Oct 7

Two outstanding musical acts come together under one roof for this special intercontinental celebration. Critically acclaimed Irish singer…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

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A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

Oct 8

CATHERINE CHIDGEY WORKSHOP Using the senses to evoke setting is one of the most effective ways of engaging readers, but one that is…

Hastings City Art Gallery

Other People's Stories

Other People's Stories

Oct 8

Stephen Daisley is a novelist who is an ex-shearer and oil and gas worker; Deborah Challinor has a PhD in New Zealand History and is a…

Napier Century Theatre (MTG)

Kiwi As

Kiwi As

Oct 8

A celebration of Kiwi classics, as you’ve never heard them before. Led by Julian Raphael, the Wellington Community Choir’s exuberant…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

The Wish Child

The Wish Child

Oct 8

Right from when she exploded onto the scene with 'In a Fishbone Church', Catherine Chidgey has been visiting booklovers in the Bay. She is…

Napier Century Theatre (MTG)

Eb & Sparrow Showcase

Eb & Sparrow Showcase

Oct 8

The supreme sweethearts of New Zealand alt-country, Eb & Sparrow, deliver their critically acclaimed, genre-defying, full band…

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