Become a Festival Patron

Your support is vital for our ongoing success!

As we move into our fourth year as an arts festival, we are exploring our long-term sustainability and emboldening our vision. In keeping with our belief in the transformative potential of the arts in this region, we invite you to join us as a Patron.

The 2017 festival made another big impact on our region with the most diverse programme yet, featuring a fantastic and at times challenging mix of performances and conversations from Hawke's Bay and around the world.  We had overall participation of 15,080, including free events, in venues throughout Hawke’s Bay.

Putting on a festival of this calibre costs in the vicinity of $800,000. Approximately $500,000 is recouped through core government funding, ticket sales and hospitality.  The
remainder is raised through the support and generosity of patrons, sponsors,
trusts and community foundations. As a fledgling arts festival and not-for-profit organisation, we rely on this support, so we can continue to build a festival that challenges, excites and inspires a wide range of audiences.

Last year our Festival Patrons contributed $35,000 to the festival.  As funding from trusts and community foundations decreases over the life of the festival, we need to grow this
support to $80,000 annually over the next three years.

As a Festival Patron, you will enjoy a range of benefits, including a personalised booking service and reserved Spiegeltent seating (for Silver Patrons and above), a priority purchasing period, public acknowledgement of your support, invitations to exclusive events, and regular festival newsletters.  

Our Pounamu level is new this year and offers individuals a unique opportunity to direct their support towards a specific show, commissioned work or project they have a particular passion for. If you are interested in supporting us at this level, we would be happy to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

Your support at any level is greatly appreciated and we invite you to consider supporting the festival at a level that is meaningful to you:

  • Pounamu Patron - $10,000
  • Platinum Patron - $5,000
  • Gold Patron - $2,500
  • Silver Patron - $1,000
  • Bronze Patron - $500
  • Festival Lover - $250

Our 2018 Patrons Programme is based on a philanthropic model and a donation tax receipt will be issued for all eligible donations.  If you prefer a complimentary ticket package, we are happy to offer this as an option (for Silver Patrons and above), but in this case we are unable to issue a donation tax receipt for any portion of your payment.


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