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Write Here, Write Now... Youth Workshop

Write Here, Write Now... Youth Workshop

Oct 12

From character development to narrative arc, award winning author Anna Mackenzie will share writing tools and techniques that will help you…

Hastings City Art Gallery

In the Study - Wellesley Binding Exhibition

In the Study - Wellesley Binding Exhibition

Oct 15

Wellesley Binding emigrated from Australia in 1974 and has been working as an artist in New Zealand since, exhibiting in numerous public…

Arts Inc Heretaunga

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Songs for Nobodies

Songs for Nobodies

Oct 15

In an astonishing tour-de-force, award-winning singer and actress Ali Harper brings ten distinctive personalities (and their stories) to…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Scena

Scena

Oct 16 - Oct 17

Project Prima Volta is an annual performance-based music programme, where 30 rising opera stars from local high schools meet weekly to…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

The South Afreakins - Waipawa

The South Afreakins - Waipawa

Oct 16

Following sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, London and Auckland, Robyn Paterson brings her dark comedic one-woman play to Hawke’s Bay. In a…

CHB Municipal Theatre

Louis Baker

Louis Baker

Oct 16

Singer-songwriter Louis Baker is one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years. Crafting his work with deep artistic…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Emily Sun & Gamal Khamis

Emily Sun & Gamal Khamis

Oct 17

Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as an emerging soloist. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

The South Afreakins - Havelock North

The South Afreakins - Havelock North

Oct 17

Following sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, London and Auckland, Robyn Paterson brings her dark comedic one-woman play to Hawke’s Bay. In a…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Cuentos de España - Napier

Cuentos de España - Napier

Oct 18

Cuentos de España (Stories of Spain), presented by Festival Opera, explores the fount of inspiration criss-crossing the globe between…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Valerie

Valerie

Oct 18

Named ‘stand-out cabaret of the year’ (2016) by the NZ Herald, Valerie is ‘gig theatre’ at its finest. “Nature versus nurture.…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Wilson Dixon

Wilson Dixon

Oct 18

America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room.…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Arc and craft:  the art of short story - Workshop

Arc and craft: the art of short story - Workshop

Oct 19

Strong narrative arc, credible characters, compelling dialogue and shimmering syntax… award winning author Anna Mackenzie will share her…

Hastings City Art Gallery

Ann-Droid

Ann-Droid

Oct 19

This quirky, spell-binding, interactive show combines theatre and timeless storytelling with the latest in digital technologies to conjure…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Finished a draft - what next?  Workshop

Finished a draft - what next? Workshop

Oct 19

‘Finished a manuscript? Well done… now let the real work begin!’ Anna Mackenzie offers editing tips and techniques that will help you…

Hastings City Art Gallery

Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam

Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam

Oct 19

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…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

Oct 19

Take your friends and family on an adventure and spend time discovering this thriving hub of artists and craftspeople in the heart of the…

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

Cuentos de España - Havelock North

Cuentos de España - Havelock North

Oct 19

Cuentos de España (Stories of Spain), presented by Festival Opera, explores the fount of inspiration criss-crossing the globe between…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Still Life With Chickens

Still Life With Chickens

Oct 19

When Mama discovers a mischievous chicken invading her flourishing veggie garden her first instinct is to reach for the spade. But what…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

The Shuffle Demons

The Shuffle Demons

Oct 19

For over three decades, these high-energy, virtuosic jazz funkateers have been bringing joyous chaos to the world. The Shuffle Demons are…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

2018 Readers & Writers - PASS

2018 Readers & Writers - PASS

Oct 20

Fancy coming to all 7 of the Readers and Writers discussions over the long weekend? Purchase a 2018 Pass here, instead of booking…

Multiple Venues - Readers & Writers Shows

Finding my way home

Finding my way home

Oct 20

Helen Brown’s life was torn apart when her son Sam, aged nine, was run over and killed. Amazingly, a little black cat called Cleo would…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Between the lines

Between the lines

Oct 20

Family letters can hold a wealth of stories as well as clues to how the New Zealand we know today evolved. Among his elderly mother’s…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Children Are Stinky - Havelock North

Children Are Stinky - Havelock North

Oct 20 - Oct 22

This five-star, sell-out children’s choice is a dynamo of circus talent and frenetic noisy fun, a genuine “supercharged showstopper”…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

The shrieking sisterhood: women's voices in the past

The shrieking sisterhood: women's voices in the past

Oct 20

125 years since New Zealand women gained the priceless right to vote, we proudly present three of this country’s foremost historians to…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Manawa Whenua - A Spring of Fragrant Water

Manawa Whenua - A Spring of Fragrant Water

Oct 20

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…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Backstage with Nick and Simon

Backstage with Nick and Simon

Oct 20

Nick Bollinger and Simon Sweetman have been there, done that and have many T-shirts. Nick is the author of the award winning Goneville, a…

The Cabana, Napier

Pango/Black

Pango/Black

Oct 20

The doors to Napier Municipal Theatre will be thrown open and the majestic space filled with dance, light and live music, as part of White…

Napier Municipal Theatre

White Night

White Night

Oct 20

Last year’s inaugural White Night saw more than 3,000 people take to the streets for this free, family-friendly, good-vibe…

Napier Arts Precinct

Promise and Promiscuity

Promise and Promiscuity

Oct 20

In this hilarious, one-freakishly-talentedwoman show, Penny Ashton tackles all of Jane Austen’s characters with song, dance and appalling…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Rebel girls - rewriting the genre fiction landscape

Rebel girls - rewriting the genre fiction landscape

Oct 21

Are male writers taken more seriously than female writers? It seems if it isn’t literary, women’s fiction can be all too easily…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are?

Oct 21

How does the past affect the generations who follow? Helene Wong and Diana Wichtel examine this idea and more in their memoirs, Being…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Children Are Stinky - Waipawa

Children Are Stinky - Waipawa

Oct 21

This five-star, sell-out children’s choice is a dynamo of circus talent and frenetic noisy fun, a genuine “supercharged showstopper”…

CHB Municipal Theatre

What's happening to our news?

What's happening to our news?

Oct 21

Can the people of Hawke’s Bay rely on their media? As more and more of our media outlets buckle to commercial pressures and competition…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

The Nukes

The Nukes

Oct 21

Celebrating ten years together this October The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part ratpack,…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

By a Thread

By a Thread

Oct 21 - Oct 22

Using the simple apparatus of a rope and pulley, and the physics of counterweight, tension, muscle and flight, By a Thread is a visually…

Napier Municipal Theatre

Poemlines:  coming home

Poemlines: coming home

Oct 21

Poemlines run from Hawke’s Bay across mountain, river and sea to the Poets Laureate and their tokotoko. In October, they will lead the…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Behind the Lines - Ria Hall & Rob Ruha (Wairoa)

Behind the Lines - Ria Hall & Rob Ruha (Wairoa)

Oct 21

Māori music trailblazers, Ria Hall and Rob Ruha (NZ Arts Laureate 2017) dive deep into the fibres of their combined artistry, tribal…

Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa

MAMIL (Remounted)

MAMIL (Remounted)

Oct 21 - Oct 22

Achingly funny and poignant, MAMIL (Remounted) explores the male midlife crisis, where the super bike and cycling culture reign…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Songs of Ivor Cutler - Slightly Imperfect

Songs of Ivor Cutler - Slightly Imperfect

Oct 21

Slightly Imperfect introduces you to the absurd, beautiful world of Scottish poet, songwriter and humourist Ivor Cutler (1923-2006),…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Oct 22

Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Behind the Lines - Ria Hall & Rob Ruha (Havelock North)

Behind the Lines - Ria Hall & Rob Ruha (Havelock North)

Oct 22

Māori music trailblazers, Ria Hall and Rob Ruha (NZ Arts Laureate 2017) dive deep into the fibres of their combined artistry, tribal…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Delaney Davidson - Ship of Dreams

Delaney Davidson - Ship of Dreams

Oct 23

Delaney Davidson brings his latest Magic Lightbox installation, Ship of Dreams, to premiere HBAF 2018, along with his carnival barker’s…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

1918

1918

Oct 24

A beautifully crafted, rich interweaving of siva Samoa and contemporary dance, combining song, live drumming, archival footage and dramatic…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Mikelangelo - The Balkan Elvis

Mikelangelo - The Balkan Elvis

Oct 24

With his smooth looks, crazy tragi-comic stories and a piano accordion, Mikelangelo (of the Black Sea Gentlemen fame) has given Elvis an…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Jane Doe

Jane Doe

Oct 25

A powerful theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities, Jane Doe is an original work created and directed by Eleanor Bishop,…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Greg Johnson - Every Song Has a Story - Featuring Ben King

Greg Johnson - Every Song Has a Story - Featuring Ben King

Oct 25

With a back catalogue of over 300 songs and 30 years of music, California-based Kiwi Greg Johnson has yarns to spin - from his touring…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

In Flagrante

In Flagrante

Oct 26 - Oct 27

Auckland-based In Flagrante premiered at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in 2013 to rave reviews and effervescent audience reaction. It…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

George and Noriko

George and Noriko

Oct 26

George and Noriko break all the rules. This charismatic duo brings something unique, something unexpected, with a sound unlike anything…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Duck, Death, and the Tulip

Duck, Death, and the Tulip

Oct 27

From true heroes of children’s theatre, Little Dog Barking (Guji Guji and Paper Shaper), comes a whimsical, heart-warming story about an…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Festival of Youth - Our Earth, Our Water, Ourselves

Festival of Youth - Our Earth, Our Water, Ourselves

Oct 27

[Please note change of Date, Time, and Venue from that advertised in the Printed Programme] This year as part of the Harcourts Hawke’s…

C3 Church Hawke's Bay

Freedom is Behind My Breath

Freedom is Behind My Breath

Oct 27 - Oct 28

Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is delighted to be premiering the first of three new collaborative performance art works by Hawke’s…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Margot Pierard and Kurt Yates - Canopy

Margot Pierard and Kurt Yates - Canopy

Oct 27

Canopy is the culmination of a long-time collaboration between songstress Margot Pierard, best known for her big jazz sound, and guitarist…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Kokako's Song

Kokako's Song

Oct 28

With beautifully handcrafted life-sized puppetry and live music, Kokako’s Song is a little show with a big heart. Searching for her dog,…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

Carnivorous Plant Society and Hopetoun Brown

Carnivorous Plant Society and Hopetoun Brown

Oct 28

For one special night in the Spiegeltent, Hopetoun Brown join forces with fellow neighbourhood players and new best friends, Carnivorous…

Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent

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