Urban Awakening

NO Tickets Required! For two weeks the heart of Hastings will be abuzz with the Arts.

We invite you to discover the treasure of our urban centre. Come early or stay late and enjoy the many exciting art, music and hospitality offerings in our CBD. Public Dreams Trust (Fiesta of Lights) will add light and colour to Heretaunga Street. Our Culture Canvas mural project continues this year, so watch for new murals popping up in the city centre during the Festival.

Check out Eat Street, Landmarks Park, Albert Square, the Tribune development and other new urban initiatives. Have a preshow dinner at one of our fabulous eateries or taste a cocktail, gin, beer or wine from our specialist brewers, winemakers or distillers.

Visual Art: Visit Tika Tonu at the Hasting City Art Gallery – an exhibition curated by Sandy Adsett, featuring 30 emerging and established contemporary painters and sculptors from the iwi of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, ki Heretaunga, ki Wairarapa, with work derived from, but beyond the tradition.

At the Hastings Community Arts Centre, Arts Inc Heretaunga hosts the biennial UKU Clay Ceramics Awards 2020, celebrating exceptional ceramics works by local and national artists. Discover Threads of Touch – an exhibition of large-scale paintings on upcycled traffic signs created by artist Delicia Sampero during the COVID-19 crisis – look out for works at Toitoi, the Hastings i-SITE and the Hastings Community Arts Centre, among many other venues across the Festival.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 enjoy special evening opening hours at the Hastings City Art Gallery and Hastings Community Arts Centre.

Interactive Installations: Over the two weekends of the Festival experience unique audience activated art installations designed by sound artist, dancer and rhythm master Simon Watts. Fun for all ages, bring your friends and family and explore the nostalgia of classic Hopscotch with a twist. Or take a seat and create a beat with Musical Chairs. You become the performer and collaborate in freestyle playing, composing a musical performance with the tiles or seats as your orchestra.

Music: Some of our region’s most talented and diverse young musicians will add to the CBD vibe over two weekends. Artists including Spooky Skeletons, Joe Cole, Fleeting Sorrow, Fyveyes, DJ Lorenzo, Cashek, Bysshe Blackburn and Fraser Mack will perform in multiple locations sprinkled throughout Heretaunga Street East.

Showcasing an eclectic collection of sounds, from intricate acoustic melodies and funky folk trios to lush electronic soundscapes and high energy rock and roll, there is something for everyone.

Show Information

Ticket Types


Concession = Gold Card Holders, Community Service Card Holders & Full Time Students with ID
Child = 16 Years & Under (selected shows only)
High School Student = (selected shows only)




Sat Oct 24th12:00 - 20:00
Sun Oct 25th12:00 - 20:00


Hastings Festival District

If you have any issues buying your tickets, please contact the festival office on 06 651 2487 between the hours of 9am – 4pm or email the team

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