The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival offers an Ambassador Programme to selected individuals within the community who wish to further their knowledge of the arts industry.

The Ambassador Programme is about supporting the next generation of actors, playwrights, technicians, producers or directors to engage with professional practitioners, encourage them to become theatre-makers and to work alongside primary/intermediate students to develop their teaching skills.  The most powerful learning happens through doing and by gaining a deeper understanding of how professionals work within a theatre context. The participants will engage with highly skilled actors, directors, musicians, dancers, writers and much much more throughout the Festival and enhance their skills by participating in workshops, master classes and analysing high quality performance art. This experience is available for up to 20 participants.

The 2018 Furnware Ambassadors applied in June and we have 15 successful applicants. This year with the continued support of Furnware the ambassador programme will continue to develop and grow and we look forward to seeing their own performance Manawa Whenua: A Spring of Fragrant Water during the Festival.  Each year we receive a large number of applications and in 2017 twenty-one were successful from ten different schools throughout Hawke's Bay, pictured below are the ambassadors for 2018 with some of the Festival team and representatives from of Furnware. 

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If you wish to participate in the Ambassador Programme please download the application form and email to Daniel Betty ( the educational coordinator.

Manawa Whenua

Manawa Whenua - A Spring of Fragrant Water

Produced by: 2018 Ambassadors
Directed by: Daniel Betty and Puti Lancaster
When: Saturday October 20
Time: 4.00pm
Where: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College
Duration: 60mins
Genre: Theatre
Audience: General admission
Cost: $18 Adults, $10 Child

Each person’s experience is unique. A narrow opening that can take you through a network of cracks. We have all been there .... we know that life has its challenges.

As we develop we meet new people and become influenced by situations, the way water that travels through large deep caves emerges to create magnificent rivers and streams.

A Spring of Fragrant Water is an exploration of 15 young, inspired and inspiring voices from this place, at this time, and how the world fits, or doesn’t fit, around them.

Furnware Ambassador Programme is about supporting the next generation of performance creatives. Each year a select group of senior secondary students, aged 15-20, is invited to participate in all facets of Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, both on stage and behind the scenes, with opportunities to engage with professional practitioners, develop their skills, devise original work, and this year, take up leadership roles in our Festival of Youth.

A Spring of Fragrant Water is their show – an exhilarating opportunity for our ambassadors to test their skills and learning on the Festival stage.

Created by Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2018 ambassadors; directed by Daniel Betty and Puti Lancaster.

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