Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

14 - 30 OCTOBER 2022

The 8th annual Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival has launched, offering a varied and accessible programme across a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, family events, visual arts and a weekend of literary events. With 65 shows over the two-week period from 14-30th October, there is something for everyone. 

The Festival programme is now online at www.hbaf.co.nz with tickets available to purchase. Printed programmes are available to pick up from local cafés, galleries, libraries and i-sites across the region.  

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Hawke's Bay Arts Festival launch evening at Toitoi, Hastings.

Whiria te tāngata is a Māori whakatauki (proverb) meaning to Weave the people together. This is our kaupapa for the Festival as we navigate challenging times for our community. Frayed around the edges, we aim to bring the strands back together, weaving artists, makers and creators into a beautiful showcase of works from Aotearoa and further afield. The Festival Director Pitsch Leiser said: 

“This is a festival to bring us all back together in celebration of our community, the arts and our humanity. We can’t wait to welcome you and share in two wonderful weeks of exuberance and delight to free your heart and feed your soul.” 

The opening weekend in October brings a local spotlight onto the beautiful craft of our Ngāti Kahungunu weavers, with their collective of offerings under the title Whiria! Connected to the Festival whakatauki Whiria means to plait, a call to bring people together, weaving and encouraging interaction. This will be a special day in The Ballroom of the newly opened Municipal Buildings.  

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'The Most Naked' will be performed at Toitoi on 28 October.

The weighty music line-up includes national and international legends, the Festival opening night brings Canadian Frazey Ford and the Quiet Revolution to Hawke’s Bay for the first timeThe renowned Don McGlashen and Others return to the Festival stage journeying through his latest album Bright November Morning, Rebel combines the music of David Bowie with circus, an incredible rock and roll party. 

Letters from Iraq is a special performance from Grammy-winning Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim Alhaj alongside the New Zealand String Quartet, Jackie Goes Prima Diva in association with the Small Hall Sessions brings this homegrown chanteuse to the halls of rural Hawke’s Bay. Winner of the coveted 2022 Taite Music Prize Anthonie Tonnon presents his third album, Leave Love Out of This.

Teremoana Rapley premiering her album Daughter Of a Housegirl, that has been 30 years in the making.  Mahler’s Symphony No.2 - The Resurrection Symphony presented by Festival Opera is an appropriate collaboration for the current turbulent times.

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Urzila Carlson will be performing 'It's Personal' at Toitoi on 28 October.

Laughs a plenty with comedians Urzila Carlson It’s Personal and Pax Assadi with his show Handsome BoyThe Trojan War from A Slightly Isolated Dog and for the whole family ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) and a fun light-hearted couple of nights with circus comedy fun WERK IT over from Oz.

Superb storytelling through theatre highlights includes Indian Ink Theatre Company with Mrs Krishnan’s PartyRoy Ward in Peter Wells’ Hello DarknessSkin Tight with one of Aotearoa’s most poignant and lasting works of theatre, Back to Square One is a heart-warming and remarkable story of unremarkable lives and The Boy Called Piano harnesses the power of theatre as a force for social change. 

Additional highlights include Sharing the Dream celebrating the unique career and work of Dame Malvina and for the first time as part of the Festival line-up the Royal New Zealand Ballet with Tutus on Tour.   

This year a strong visual arts component includes Nuit Blanche – Art After Dark, in the Napier arts quarter that will come alive with a fantastic line-up of visual and performing arts. The Hawke’s Bay Art Trail highlights our local artists and makers with the addition this year of The Big Apple Project, grab maps for both and have a visual feast for the eyes throughout the region.

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Immersive multi-media arts exhibition 'Wahine' exhibition, Toitoi 4 - 30 October.

The incredible portrait photography Wahine is an immersive multi-media arts exhibition that will run throughout October. The Uku Clay Ceramic Awards – the Biennial National Ceramics Awards exhibition hosted in the Hastings Community Arts Centre.  

For more information and tickets visit www.hbaf.co.nz or go to a local iSite or the box office at Toitoi or Napier Municipal Theatre from 9 am on 20th July.   

Check out the festival programme


Location: Hawke's Bay

Date: 14 - 30 October 2022

Buy tickets here