Festival in the Community

We are thrilled to be sharing the festival love this year with vibrant world-class street performances that will have you in festival fever! These are free roaming or pop-up shows performed in various places, spaces and times.

Capture of White Night Map


Capture of White Night DetailDancing Graffiti 

Multiple award-winning Dancing Graffiti from Hungarian Bandart Productions, is a unique
interdisciplinary street-theatre performance combining dance with live digital graffiti art.
A story about discovering your inner power as an individual, while playfully exploring the
history of subversive commentary written on public walls.


Performed by the Human Project (Sophie Follett and Champa Maciel) in collaboration
with performance poet Sara Hirsch and sound creative Rosie Langabeer, Meta
explores the oddities of human behaviour and our culture of voyeurism and self censorship through a sanitised lens. Like watching a live display at the National History
Museum. Hilarious and thought-provoking.

Out of the Blue 

A shoal of sea warriors will capture your attention and imagination when Chloe
Loftus brings her quirky and original dancetheatre work, Out of the Blue, to our streets,
with vibrant choreography and incredible eye-catching costumes by Weta Workshop
designers. Charged with rhythmic beats, these ghostly warriors speak of the importance of
kaitiakitanga, guardianship of the environment.

The Nukes

With their idiosyncratic brand of ukulele brilliance, three-part vocal harmonies, blistering riffs, riotous rhythms and questionable dance moves, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love.

White Night 

Napier’s art precinct will come to life with a series of exhibitions, live performance, interactive events and artists in residence.  Inspired by Nuit Blanche in Paris, White Night was conceived to make arts and culture accessible to everyone in the community. This is an event suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 20 October 7.00 – 10.00pm 

Venues: Boyd-Dunlop Gallery; Creative Arts Napier;  MTG Hawke’s Bay; SPA_CE Gallery; Tennyson Gallery; Homebased Collections ; The Rabbit Room; Wardini Books 


Readers + Writers

Festival Readers + Writers events bring the brightest and best writers, poets, bloggers, journalists, innovators and artists together with audiences to debate issues, to open up worlds and to share the stories that are at the heart of all human experience. 

Readers + Writer events are programmed over Labour Weekend throughout the festival venues.
Tickets $18


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