Festival on a budget

On a budget? We want everyone to experience the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. That’s why we offer free and inexpensive events that let you be part of the festival action – without breaking the bank. 

Tape Art Labyrinth

Award-winning tape art pioneers, Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby of Tape Art NZ, will install a temporary labyrinth in the Havelock North Village Green. Created from almost 300 metres of coloured tape, the labyrinth will be a playful and interactive art installation that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 Sept

Havelock North Village Green 

Also ‘drop-in’ and participate in our Community Labyrinth project in Flaxmere, with workshops guided by Erica and Struan. 

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White Night 

Napier’s art precinct will come to life with a series of exhibitions, live performance, interactive events and artists in residence.  Inspired by Nuit Blanche in Paris, White Night was conceived to make arts and culture accessible to everyone in the community. This is an event suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 30 Sept, 7.00 – 10.00pm 

Venues: Boyd-Dunlop Gallery; Creative Arts Napier;  MTG Hawke’s Bay; SPA_CE Gallery; Tennyson Gallery; The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things; The Pencil Room; The Rabbit Room; Viva Gallery; Wardini Books 

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Almost Serious – Fane Flaws

Musician and artist Fane Flaws will be setting up a working-studio area at the Hastings Community Art Centre, where he will work for the duration of the festival, including a speed-portrait salon, a re-creation of his living room with a telly running selected video clips, a performance space which will feature action painting to live improvised music and a series of live concerts from the Fane Flaws songbook.  

Monday 18 Sept – Saturday 14 Oct

Arts Inc. Heretaunga 
FREE (excludes some ticketed events)

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Readers + Writers

Festival Readers + Writers events bring the brightest and 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. 

Readers + Writer events are programmed throughout the festival in Hastings and Napier.
Tickets $18

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William Yang – Community Performance

This special event will feature five Hawke’s Bay locals sharing their uniquely personal stories. Drawing on their own history, identity and sense of place, each participant will present their story, crafted under the masterful guidance of internationally renowned artist and storyteller William Yang.

Friday 6 Oct

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre

Tickets $22

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Special Thanks

To our sponsors