The Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival offers an Ambassador Programme to selected youth within the community who wish to further their knowledge of the arts industry.


The Ambassador Programme is about supporting the next generation of actors, playwrights, technicians, producers or directors to engage with professional practitioners who in turn encourage them to become theatre-makers and creative ambassadors within their schools and local communities.

Throughout Term 3 the Furnware Ambassadors and Creative Leaders have had the opportunity to work alongside some of Hawkes Bay’s top creatives in workshops covering many aspects of the performing arts.  During the festival – our Ambassadors and Creative Leaders get to experience the festival first-hand – watching shows, talking with artists and crews and being an active part of the festival.This year the Furnware Ambassadors programme has partnered with Toitoi and their Creative Leaders initiative – a 12 month programme designed to build relationships throughout the region and provide opportunities for our rangatahi to gain a deeper understanding of the Arts Industry.

We are sponsored by FURNWARE who for the past 5 years have supported the next generation of young creative people in Hawke’s Bay.


“Here at Furnware, we’re all about inspiring young minds and that’s why we continue to support the Education and Ambassador Programmes. We love supporting young people in activities that fuel their curiosity and unleash their imaginations. Like the group before them, this year’s Ambassadors are a group of creative, innovative and fresh young minds and we wish them a wonderful learning experience by being part of the Festival.”  Hamish Whyte OWNER - Furnware

If you wish to find out more about the Ambassador Programme please email  Lisa-Jane Easter ( the Education Co-ordinator.

Furnware Ambassadors Turangawaewae:  A Place to Stand

We warmly invite you all to our free admission performance Turangawaewae: A Place to Stand  Directed by Lisa-Jane Easter. The Ambassadors performance will be a bold, spontaneous display of learning and personal stories across many performance disciplines.

Turangawaewae:  A Place to Stand
Produced by: 2021 Ambassadors
Directed by: Lisa-Jane Easter
When: Sunday 24 October
Time: 11.00am  &  3:00pm
Where: Opera House, Toitoi
Duration: 30mins
Genre: Theatre

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