Mana Wahine

Mana Wahine

Oct 16

To celebrate the start of the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival we are delighted to partner with the Napier Municipal Theatre and local…

Napier Municipal Theatre

Nuit Blanche - Art After Dark

Nuit Blanche - Art After Dark

Oct 16

To kick off the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival we return to Napier with a fantastic line-up of visual and performing arts. For one night…

Napier Arts Precinct

The Haka Party Incident - by Katie Wolfe

The Haka Party Incident - by Katie Wolfe

Oct 18

The last New Zealand war took place in Auckland in 1979. It lasted three minutes. The Haka Party Incident resurrects the eventful day when…

Opera House - Toitoi

April's Fool

April's Fool

Oct 19 - Oct 23

Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre presents a powerful work of verbatim theatre, written by Australian playwright David Burton. Described as…

Keirunga Theatre

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The Cunning Little Vixen

The Cunning Little Vixen

Oct 19 - Oct 20

Due to the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the government’s announcement of new Alert Level 2 guidelines around gatherings,…

Opera House - Toitoi

Ka-Shue (Letters Home)

Ka-Shue (Letters Home)

Oct 20

Ka-Shue is an epic story of love, laughter and loss over a hundred years, seen through the eyes of a Chinese family struggling to resettle…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Silver. Stone. Wood. Bone

Silver. Stone. Wood. Bone

Oct 21

SILVER STONE WOOD BONE weaves soundscapes and landscapes together into a haunting multi-sensory tapestry of music and moving imagery.…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

The Artist

The Artist

Oct 21

New Zealand’s answer to Mr Bean, but with more physical prowess! Comedy and circus sensation Thom Monckton will knock you out with his…

Opera House - Toitoi

Fire & Music - Waiohiki

Fire & Music - Waiohiki

Oct 22

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village is a thriving hub of artists and craftspeople, near the spectacular historic Ōtātara Pā site. Gather…

Waiohiki Creative Arts Village

Urzila Carlson:  It's Personal

Urzila Carlson: It's Personal

Oct 22

Welcome to the days of mind your own business and don't comment on others’ business. Not their gender, sexuality, body, hair, education…

Opera House - Toitoi

Hawke's Bay Art Trail

Hawke's Bay Art Trail

Oct 23 - Oct 24

Be your own art tour guide! Grab an Art Trail map and, over Labour Weekend, take an inspiring meander around Hawke's Bay artists' studios,…

Multiple Venues

Dream Garden

Dream Garden

Oct 23

For the first time in Hastings we feature a fantastic late afternoon of free and fun entertainment for the whole family. Expect…

Civic Square, Hastings

Che Fu and the Kratez: Return of the Navigator

Che Fu and the Kratez: Return of the Navigator

Oct 23

One of the best-selling hip hop acts to ever come out of Aotearoa, Che Fu’s commercial success is only part of his achievement. Arriving…

Opera House - Toitoi

Mrs Krishnan's Party

Mrs Krishnan's Party

Oct 23 - Oct 24

Step into the back room of Mrs Krishnan’s dairy where garlands decorate the ceiling, music flows and Mrs Krishnan is throwing a party…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Furnware Ambassador Performance

Furnware Ambassador Performance

Oct 24

The Festival is proud to celebrate the 6th year of the Furnware Ambassador Programme. We again work in partnership with the Toitoi Creative…

Opera House - Toitoi

Hello Darkness

Hello Darkness

Oct 24

While receiving treatment for prostate cancer, writer Peter Wells - an intensely private person - reached out to the world via Facebook,…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Cancelled
Faces of Nature

Faces of Nature

Oct 25

We are currently navigating the impact of Covid-19 on the Festival. The extended COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland mean that this show has…

Opera House - Toitoi

Ishtopia

Ishtopia

Oct 25

Hawke's Bay group, Ish, plays traditional acoustic music from the other side of the world, and new tunes inspired by it. Take some stunning…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Whare Korero:  Stories Within Stories

Whare Korero: Stories Within Stories

Oct 26 - Oct 28

A Thousand Thoughts A Minute - a guide into the unequivocal world of Kristyl Neho, a self-confessed Drama Queen. Written and performed by…

Spaceship, Hastings

Teremoana Rapley:  Of a Housegirl

Teremoana Rapley: Of a Housegirl

Oct 26

Fresh from her sold-out 2021 Kia Mau Festival theatre debut, Daughter, Teremoana Rapley continues her live creative research and…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Cancelled
The Trojan War

The Trojan War

Oct 26 - Oct 27

We are currently navigating the impact of Covid-19 on the Festival. The extended COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland mean that this show has…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

An Evening with Ayesha Green & Carole Shepheard

An Evening with Ayesha Green & Carole Shepheard

Oct 27

Two artists come together at the Hastings City Art Gallery to give separate floor talks, exploring the work in their shows and the…

Hastings City Art Gallery

Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project

Tierra y Mar Flamenco Project

Oct 27

Join world-class flamenco musicians as they explore the limits of flamenco dance, composition and improvisation - contrasting tradition and…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

Strauss, Part and Mendelssohn

Strauss, Part and Mendelssohn

Oct 28

This concert explores the most-loved chamber music of the string repertoire, making it a joy for classical fans as well as for people who…

The Blyth Performing Arts Centre (Iona College)

Cancelled
WERK IT Circus Trick Tease

WERK IT Circus Trick Tease

Oct 28

Due to the latest Covid19 restrictions between New Zealand and Australia, WERK IT by Circus Trick Tease is now CANCELLED. With the…

Opera House - Toitoi

Storytime with Kyle Mewburn

Storytime with Kyle Mewburn

Oct 29

Join multi award winning children's author Kyle Mewburn as she reads her most lovely, funny and entertaining works aloud to a no doubt…

Napier Library

Stepping Into the Sun, Stories of Coming Out

Stepping Into the Sun, Stories of Coming Out

Oct 29

What’s it like to live a lie, to deny your sexuality or gender? Lil O’Brien (Not That I’d Kiss a Girl) accidentally came out to her…

Paisley Stage

Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain

Oct 29

Following sold out shows at the Spiegeltent, Reb Fountain returns to the Festival, with her all-star band including Dave Khan, Earl…

Opera House - Toitoi

Funny Ha Ha

Funny Ha Ha

Oct 29

How hard is it to make people laugh? Snapchat Dude, writer and comedian Tom Sainsbury and novelist, reviewer and RNZ panellist Catherine…

Paisley Stage

Remembering Roy

Remembering Roy

Oct 30

Tribute Exhibition - Starts October 4th, and ends October 30th, 2021. Hastings Community Arts Centre - Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm & Sat…

Hastings Community Arts Centre

Writing for Children - WORKSHOP

Writing for Children - WORKSHOP

Oct 30

C.S. Lewis said “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” The craft…

MTG Education Room, Napier

Cancelled
Motuhake

Motuhake

Oct 30

We are currently navigating the impact of Covid-19 on the Festival. The extended COVID-19 restrictions in Auckland mean that this show has…

MTG Century Theatre, Napier

She is Not Your Rehab

She is Not Your Rehab

Oct 30

At My Fathers Barbers, Mataio (Matt) Faafetai Malietoa Brown offers men a haircut with a difference: a safe space to be seen and heard…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Maori Made Easy

Maori Made Easy

Oct 30

Getting on a course to learn te reo Māori involves a waiting list these days. What’s behind this growth and, some might say, renaissance…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Australian Gothic - Craig Silvey Zooms In to Toitoi

Australian Gothic - Craig Silvey Zooms In to Toitoi

Oct 30

Craig Silvey’s novels deal with the hard stuff: racism, homophobia, the human condition. In them he gives voice to the hunted, the…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Dead Girls Don't Lie

Dead Girls Don't Lie

Oct 30

The dead girls are frustrated. No one knows who they are. No one is telling their story. These three authors, Becky Manawatu, Jacqueline…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson:  Black Sea Golden Ladder

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson: Black Sea Golden Ladder

Oct 30

Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi) has arrived at the halfway point of his 1O 1O 1O Series: ten albums, ten genres, ten years. Following on…

Opera House - Toitoi

The Edible Backyard

The Edible Backyard

Oct 31

Gardening guru Kath Irvine has been helping Kiwi gardeners design build, grow and maintain their own productive edible gardens for more…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Mana/va

Mana/va

Oct 31

“Va is the space between...not empty space, not space that separates but space that relates, that holds separate entities and things…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

The End of the Golden Weather

The End of the Golden Weather

Oct 31

“I invite you to join me, in a voyage into the past, to that territory of the heart we call childhood.” Bruce Mason’s quintessential…

Opera House - Toitoi

A Life on the Move

A Life on the Move

Oct 31

Geoff Chapple once sat up in the bath and said, “I’ll do it!”, “it” being the walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff, some 3000km. Off…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Tall Tales and Derring Do - Graham McTavish Zooms In to Toitoi

Tall Tales and Derring Do - Graham McTavish Zooms In to Toitoi

Oct 31

Onscreen bruiser, 340 year old dwarf, war chieftain and now chronicler of Scottish history and culture Graham McTavish joins Jess Soutar…

Toitoi - Festival Hub

Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes

Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes

Oct 31

A richly autobiographical monologue in which an adolescent boy tries to find his place in an adult-dominated world; a young man retraces an…

Opera House - Toitoi

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Edible Garden - WORKSHOP

Edible Garden - WORKSHOP

Nov 1

Kath Irvine will be conducting a hands-on Edible Garden Workshop. Only 20 spaces available - so be sure to book! Kath is passionate about…

Green Door Garden and Decor

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