Pitsch's Festival Picks

There is a diverse range of shows at venues across the region, free family events, targeted workshops and performances for schools and youth, as well a wonderful Readers and Writers weekend. Everyone will have a chance to participate and find something that suits their taste.  

Festival director, Pitsch Leiser said: “This year’s programme is about attracting new audiences to our festival. With a list of iconic New Zealand artists and a fantastic international line-up people will be entertained in the amazing setting of the 1930’s Victoria Spiegeltent on the Village Green as well as other venues across Hawke’s Bay.”
“We are excited to  offer LIMBO, our headline show by Strut & Fret Production House, that has sold out around the globe from London to Amsterdam, Brussels to Bogota and now comes to the Havelock North Village Green with a roar.  LIMBO tickets have been selling fast   as audiences are hungry for an inspiring night of world class fun and entertainment.”   

There will of course be a wonderful range of other Festival performances that sit alongside LIMBO,  and Pitsch Leiser gave us his Top Five personal favourites from the list:  


  • Ida Y Vuelta will brim with passion telling the story of Flamenco with a cast of twelve dancers and musicians from Australia, Spain, Venezuela and India. If you like passion, this is your show.
  • Meremere will be a most beautiful multimedia work featuring live music, dance, story telling and exceptional video and film, featuring the autobiographical story of Rodney Bell from Principle Dancer at Axis Dance Company touring the us to living on the street of San Francisco.
  • Portraits in Motion will warm your heart with beautifully photographed encounters between complete strangers brought to live through flipbook cinema and great storytelling by Volker Gerling, one of Germany’s well-loved photographers. A quirky delight, one of those shows you hope to stumble across, an oddity and revelation, a poetic sensation.
  • The Bookbinder by Trick of the Light Theatre, is spellbinding storytelling at its purest and best. Staged at Napier’s Paisley Stage, the perfect venue for this one-man performance, of an inventive and dark fairy tale.  This will be a fantastic show for the whole family, young and old. A beautiful, articulate and engaging work that is bringing to live the content of a book through puppetry and storytelling in the vein of Neil Gaiman.
  • High Rise – Performed in an empty warehouse in the old Tribune buildings, Cameron Jones takes us on a roller coaster ride with his award-winning play written as a tribute to a story close to home. High Rise catapults to its climax with dangerous speed and an ending with a twist that holds the key to this piece. Don your hard hats and high vis jackets and enjoy a gritty story right here from Hawke’s Bay like you have never seen before.


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