LIMBO

LIMBO

Oct 15 - Oct 19

The NZME season of LIMBO is presented as an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics. LIMBO has seduced audiences…

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Meremere

Meremere

Oct 16

Meremere is a powerful, inspirational and engaging autobiographical work, that integrates documentary footage, interviews, movement and…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Scena:  Part 2

Scena: Part 2

Oct 17 - Oct 18

Building on the highly successful season at last year’s arts festival, Project Prima Volta will feature an exciting night of opera with…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Greg Copeland Acoustic Duo

Greg Copeland Acoustic Duo

Oct 17

Greg Copeland and Steve Gilles will bring us an up close and personal acoustic blues, roots and soul journey. Greg pays his dues to the…

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Subversive Verse

Subversive Verse

Oct 18

Poetry has long been at the forefront of protest movements and counter-culture. This year we bring you 2 young poets with something to say…

Paisley Stage

Taonga Moana

Taonga Moana

Oct 18

A Love Letter to the Oceans. World-premiere. New Zealand's premier national chamber choir, Voices New Zealand, performs a stunning musical…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Captured New Zealand Life

Captured New Zealand Life

Oct 19

Join the conversation between award-winning authors of New Zealand fiction: Dame Fiona Kidman and Kate Duignan. Discover how they tease out…

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Busy Brains, Calm Lives

Busy Brains, Calm Lives

Oct 19

How did life become so complicated and when did it all become so stressful? Whether you’re a parent with an up-all-night baby, a teenager…

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The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

Oct 19

From award-winning NZ company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Road That Wasn’t There) comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. An old…

Paisley Stage

Crime Fiction Down Under

Crime Fiction Down Under

Oct 19

Jack Heath, Paul Cleave and J P Pomare Chair: Gareth Ward Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of literature today. Australian…

Paisley Stage

Waiohiki Creative

Waiohiki Creative

Oct 19

Waiohiki Creative will open its doors for the second year as part of the Festival celebrations. Gather friends and family and pop out to…

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

White Night

White Night

Oct 19

Inspired by Nuit Blanc in Paris, White Night offers a unique opportunity to engage with artists, musicians and performers in an open and…

Napier Arts Precinct

They Are Us

They Are Us

Oct 20

Sir Tipene O’Regan, Damon Salesa and Scott Hamilton Chair: Chris Perley What does it mean to be a New Zealander living in Aotearoa…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Oct 20

“Light is common on the surface; rare in the depths.” – Marty Rubin Our rangatahi have dreams, hopes and aspirations…. we’ve all…

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Cook or Crook?

Cook or Crook?

Oct 20

Scott Hamilton and Graeme Lay Chair: Charles Ropitini With this year being the 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing, we bring two South…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Telling Tales with Pictures

Telling Tales with Pictures

Oct 20

Children and adults alike enjoy picture books. From simple fairy tales, to complex graphic novels, art can tell stories in ways limited…

Hastings City Art Gallery

Kaput

Kaput

Oct 20

Kaput, the multi award-winning family show has melted hearts of all ages around the world with its glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics…

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Authors and Dragons

Authors and Dragons

Oct 20

The imaginative game of Dungeons and Dragons is seeing a massive resurgence in popularity across all walks of life. Join authors Jack Heath…

Hastings War Memorial Library

Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam 2019

Battle of Hastings - Poetry Slam 2019

Oct 20

To battle! With poetry! Following the epic debut of Hawke's Bay's first poetry slam last year, Motif Poetry returns to the festival with…

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Mā te mātauranga, te iwi ka ora:

Mā te mātauranga, te iwi ka ora:

Oct 21

Projects from the Ngāi Tahu Archive: Entry by Koha. Sir Tipene O’Regan, Takerei Norton and Helen Brown. Understanding the past can be…

Hastings District Council Chamber

A Night In with Dave Dobbyn

A Night In with Dave Dobbyn

Oct 21

Let’s make Monday meaningful and spend a night with Dave Dobbyn, who has won more New Zealand Music Awards (29) than any other artist and…

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Phänomen - The Wonder of Brahms

Phänomen - The Wonder of Brahms

Oct 21

This electrifying ensemble, led by New Zealand’s premiere concert pianist, Michael Houstoun and featuring Madeleine Pierard, a regular…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Portraits in Motion

Portraits in Motion

Oct 22

German photographer and storyteller Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flipbooks and an intrepid traveller. His journeys are…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Ida Y Vuelta

Ida Y Vuelta

Oct 22

Experience an award winning international collaboration presenting the emotive Andalusian art of live flamenco music, song and dance,…

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An Iliad

An Iliad

Oct 23

This is a story you may think you know; a grand classic born on the backs of gods and warriors. New Zealand’s own master storyteller,…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain

Oct 23

After compelling performances at the sold-out Festival show in 2017 with The Boy Next Door: a celebration of Nick Cave, and touring the…

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Cellfish

Cellfish

Oct 24 - Oct 24

Eight counts of unlawful entry using imagination, five counts of reckless use of Māori mythology, four counts possession and cultivation…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

High Rise

High Rise

Oct 24 - Oct 25

Winning awards at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, this work is a fitting tribute to a true story close to home. Meet Henry Lewis. Everything…

The Tribune

Blackbird Ensemble Presents 'Björk:  All is full of love'

Blackbird Ensemble Presents 'Björk: All is full of love'

Oct 24

With signature flair, New Zealand’s most exciting chamber orchestra take on the inimitable Icelandic pop artist Björk. In All is Full…

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Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly

Oct 25

Comic characters, vivid story-telling, bee facts, physical theatre and puppetry combine to tell this story of Phoebe and her quest to save…

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Topp Twins

Topp Twins

Oct 25

The Topp Twins, identical twin sisters Dames Lynda and Jools Topp, are New Zealand's national treasures, well-loved for their unique brand…

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The Get Down

The Get Down

Oct 25

From Marvin Gaye to Grandmaster Flash, Kool and The Gang to The Cure – dancefloor classics from the 60s onwards will pour from the…

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And The Earth Shifted Beneath My Feet

And The Earth Shifted Beneath My Feet

Oct 26

You are welcome to attend this free performance - with no ticket required! The Human Project was part of the 2018 Festival with an…

Havelock North Village Green

Shooglenifty

Shooglenifty

Oct 26

Formed in Edinburgh in 1990, Shooglenifty has always embraced a wide church of influences. The band draws in members from the Highlands and…

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Rants in the Dark

Rants in the Dark

Oct 27 - Oct 28

The hilarious unfiltered truth on parenting. Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark has been adapted into a…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

Oct 27

Joni Mitchell wrote songs that defined an era and a generation. She struck a nerve with her take on life's little, ironic…

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Under The Influence

Under The Influence

Oct 28

What are you influenced by? Who are your influences? Ben Throp, along with his hand-picked band of world class troubadours, aptly named The…

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