Message from Hastings mayor

We are incredibly excited the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2018 is almost here, with another outstanding programme.  It is one of the highlights in our district’s event calendar.

Hastings District Council is hugely committed to supporting the Festival.  It’s a wonderful way to bring people together to share their stories and to be excited, inspired, challenged, and even provoked.  

The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival has achieved so much in four years. We are very proud that from the Festival, Hastings now has a fringe festival in its third year, which also adds a unique difference to the event.

The 14-day programme, featuring music, theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, comedy, literature and so much more, will again be based in a Spiegeltent on the Havelock North Village Green and in other venues across the region, from Central Hawke’s Bay to Wairoa.

Free shows such as The Cube in Hastings CBD (2016) had a continual queue of people waiting to visit. Our Flaxmere community loved the Tape Art last year and the school shows are always very popular. These free shows make the Festival accessible to all of our people, so keep an eye out for these events – there’s even more to be involved with this year than ever.

This is a unique opportunity for our people to experience the arts on this scale and of this calibre, and I encourage you all to enjoy the local, national and international acts on offer.

Sandra Hazlehurst
Hastings Mayor

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