Festival Hub Hospitality
We are excited to bring back our Festival Hub after a one-year hiatus. Full of great ambiance and atmosphere and with a touch of glamour and straight up festival magic, this special pop-up venue in the heart of Toitoi will be the place to be during the fortnight of the festival.
With manākitanga at its heart, the Festival Hub will regularly transform from cabaret lounge to pumping dance club, from pop-up performance venue to literary café for many of our Readers + Writers sessions.
Enjoy fast, fresh and fabulous food prepared by Opera Kitchen paired with some of the finest beverages made right here in our region. Our beverage selection includes a great range of Trinity Hill Wines, beautifully crafted beers by Brave Brewery, award-winning Gin from Hastings Distillers and Paynters Cider.
To celebrate the occasion of our 7th Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival we are also delighted to bring back the delicate Quartz Reef Bubbles and our signature daily cocktails.
Gather your friends after work or before or after a show to eat, drink, relax, laugh, talk or dance. The Hub will be open most nights throughout the festival from 5:00pm till late, offering an eclectic mix of free programming including live music, DJ’s, circus and comedy, alongside some of our favourite ticketed music and theatre shows - A Slightly Isolated Dog’s The Trojan War (page 36), Indian Ink’s Mrs Krishnan’s Party (page 26) and local world music ensemble Ish (page 32).
Please note: On evenings where there is a ticketed show in the Festival Hub, admission before and during the show will be for ticket-holders only. Post show, the Hub will re-open to the general public. Throughout the festival, drinks and refreshments will also be available in the Cushing Foyer one hour prior to all performances in the Opera House.