About the Festival

Our vision is to grow the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival to be one of the foremost regional arts festivals in New Zealand. Nurturing Hawke’s Bay’s reputation as a vibrant and exciting place to live and visit, through celebrating common connections and cultural diversity, and fostering opportunity for local artists to showcase and extend their talents alongside national and international acts.

With the initial endorsement and vision of Hastings District Council and Creative New Zealand, who provided the seed funding from its inaugural year in 2015, the festival has gone on from being a once-audacious dream to a much anticipated event in our district’s calendar.

Backing for the festival has been overwhelming and special thanks must go to our major sponsors - Jarden, NZME (Hawke’s Bay Today, Radio Network), and Sight & Sound Services who have taken the lead alongside Napier City Council, Furnware, Trinity Hill, Indelible and Wallace Development Company - and to our many patrons and supporters. We also gratefully receive generous support from various charitable trusts and foundations.

The Hawke's Bay Arts Festival is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a range of high-quality arts and performance experiences across the Bay. We hope you make the most of it.

 andy heast hbaf

Andy Heast
Chair, Arts Inc. Heretaunga

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