Become a Festival Patron or Donor of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival

Be part of the most spectacular arts and culture event in Hawke’s Bay!

The third festival in as many years has 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 including free events of 15, 080 in venues throughout Hawke’s Bay.

Putting on a festival of this calibre costs in the vicinity of $750,000. Approximately half of this cost is recouped through ticket sales, while the remainder is raised through the generosity of patrons, benefactors, sponsors, trusts and community foundations. As a fledgling arts festival and not-for-profit organisation, we rely on this support, so we can keep building a festival that challenges, excites and inspires a wide range of audiences.

The Festival Patron Programme is for festival-goers and arts and culture lovers who want to contribute towards the sustainability of the festival and the development of the arts in Hawke’s Bay. As a Festival Patron, you will enjoy a range of benefits, including free or discounted tickets, a priority purchasing period, public acknowledgement of your support and invitations to exclusive events.

We have a number of giving options available, ranging from $250/annum to $5,000/annum for our most generous and passionate supporters. Please see the table below for more information about the options and benefits.

All gifts over $250 will be acknowledged online and in the printed Festival programme, if confirmed by May 2018.


All donations over $5.00 are tax deductible.


Make a contribution to the festival

Become a Festival Patron

Support the Hawke's Bay Arts Fund

Make a Donation

Special Thanks

To our sponsors