Ten Festival Tips for Labour Weekend

Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival has a smorgasbord of incredible choice over the coming Hawke’s Bay Anniversary/Labour Weekend, so here is a sample of ideas for planning your festival circuit. 

  1. The wonderful Royal Jelly performance tells the story of Phoebe and her quest to save the bees. This is a funny, informative and visually beautiful show aimed at families with children under 10.   Friday 25th Oct, 1pm, The Victoria Spiegeltent.  
  2. Festival Garden sessions are free music sessions in the Festival Garden surrounding the Spiegeltent.  Ariana is best known for her acoustic vibes, she will captivate you with her soulful voice and graceful stage presence. 25th October, 5:30pm- 6:15pm, Spiegeltent Festival Garden, Havelock North Village Green FREE! 
  3. Cameron Jones is a local actor whose play High Rise will be performed in the old Herald Tribune building at Thursday 24th Oct, 7pm and Friday 25th Oct, 6pm.   
  4. Let loose and unleash your best footwork with The Get Down, three local DJs coming together under the Spiegeltent roof, get down for some Friday late night boogieing.  Fri 25th Oct Victoria Spiegeltent 9pm FREE!
  5. The Human Project with their street performance And the Earth Shifted Beneath. This work is an intimate conversation between physical theatre, contemporary dance, spoken word and sound, bringing to life the real stories of migrants  their children and grandchildren.  Sat 26 Oct Albert Square, Hastings, 1pm, 
  6. Another Festival Garden Session, DJ Lorenzo’s live DJ sets, combine mellow hip hop instrumental beds with live saxophone. Lorenzo also plays an eclectic mix of hip-hop, neo-soul and new wave RnB to add a dynamic nuance to his DJ sets.  this time 26th of October, 5:30pm - 7:00pm Spiegeltent Festival Garden, Havelock North Village Green FREE!
  7. Shooglenifty infectious goodness to wear out our dancing shoes. Shooglenifty speaks to our hearts with its Scottish fusion mash-up of fiddles, electronica, eclectic influences and Celtic base notes. 26th Oct, Victoria Spiegeltent 7pm. 
  8. As part of a series of workshops over Labour weekend, local Director Ken Keys will deliver Shakespeare Alive. These Fun workshops explore how Shakespeare “did the work for his actors”....made it “easy” for them.....to create: unforgettable characters; hilarious, poignant, and tragic moments; and stunning insights into Humanity and the Human Condition. All sessions open to the public as “observers”. Admission by Koha. No booking required.  Mon 28th Oct 12.00-2.00 The Victoria Spiegeltent
  9. Rants in the Dark The hilarious unfiltered truth on parenting. Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark has been adapted into a play. Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play revels in the raw truth of parenthood (and grandparenthood) and its ‘mess of contradictions’.   Sunday 27th Oct at 7pm and Monday 28th Oct at 11am, Victoria Spiegeltent.
  10. The Festival Finale with local Te Awanga musician Ben Throp along with his hand-picked band of world class troubadours, aptly named The Intimate Strangers.  The final night is always a great shindig. Monday 28th Oct 8pm, The Victoria Spiegeltent. 

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