Performing Arts

Find out what preforming arts events are coming to Napier, Hawke's Bay.


Oliver!. Friday 20th April 2018
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young,orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for...

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Pinocchio. Friday 20th April 2018
The tale of Pinocchio is brought to life in traditional pantomime with wonderful characters who indulge in a lot of fun and mischief. With songs old and new and plenty of audience participation this pantomime is sure to delight people of all ages. A great treat for the school holidays.

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Screenies: Children's International Film Festival

Screenies: Children's International Film Festival. Saturday 21st April 2018
Screenies Children’s Film Festival is coming to MTG Hawke’s Bay these school holidays for a weekend filled with international film content for children of all ages. Supported by the NZ Film Commission, Screenies features short films made for children and curated by Little Big Shots in...

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Hastings Choral Concert: Haydn's Passion

Sunday 22nd April 2018
For our first concert of 2018 we are pleased to present wonderful music for the season of Lent: Haydn’s “Passion” – “The Seven Last Words of Christ”. Directed by Joe Christensen with guest soloists and instrumentalists. Tickets available on the door: $25, or $5 for school students.

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Martin Setchell Organ Concert

Sunday 22nd April 2018
Organ concert by a reputable international concert organist. Tickets available from the church office and church book shop.

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Beginners Brazilian Drumming Course

Beginners Brazilian Drumming Course. Thursday 26th April 2018
Bay Batucada is organizing a Beginners Course for people who are keen to be introduced to the world of Brazilian Group Drumming. The 10 weeks course will expose drumming enthusiasts to techniques and patterns played by the main band. A variety of instruments will be covered so people will have the...

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CMNZ Presents: Phantasm

CMNZ Presents: Phantasm. Tuesday 1st May 2018
Quite simply, the Phantasm Consort is the very best viol ensemble in the world today. Under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus, the Gramophone-award winning consort has performed everywhere from Tokyo to Istanbul and their many recordings have been lauded as eloquent, sensitive, sensuous and...

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Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus

Heath Franklin's Chopper - Bogan Jesus. Thursday 3rd May 2018
Australia's most wanted comedian is back and he's bigger than Jesus! Star of 7 Days, and Chopper's Republic of Anzakistan, Heath Franklin's Chopper brings his new show Bogan Jesus to New Zealand in May 2018. The world has had religion ever since God was in nappies, and what have we got to show...

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Napier Civic Choir Choral - JS Bach & Arvo Part Cantatas

Napier Civic Choir Choral - JS Bach & Arvo Part Cantatas. Friday 4th May 2018
This intimate concert offers a rare chance to experience Bach’s masterful religious music, including his great Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden. Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is renowned for his gorgeously simple, yet moving music, and is now the most performed living composer in the...

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Serenades & Cello Concerto

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Serenades & Cello Concerto. Saturday 5th May 2018
Hawke’s Bay Orchestra explores many of the delights to be found in the string orchestra repertoire – including music by New Zealand’s own Douglas Lilburn's Four Canzonas. Dvorak’s String Serenade in E major and Elgar’s String Serenade in E minor are established classics, and we look...

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The Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet La Classique

The Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet La Classique. Wednesday 9th May 2018
Following 2017 sell-out performances of Swan Lake, Moscow Ballet La Classique returns to New Zealand to present the jewel of classical ballet, Tchaikovsky’s spectacular masterpiece The Nutcracker. La Classique was founded in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov. La Classique with its...

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The Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night. Wednesday 9th May 2018
Lights. Cameras. Bikes! We're on a mission -sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you at the Focal Point Cinema in Hastings. The Big Bike Film Night treats pedal punters with a collection of movies that has everything a cycling centric audience could want- action,...

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Mwangaza Children's Choir: Light Up Tour 2018

Mwangaza Children's Choir: Light Up Tour 2018. Thursday 17th May 2018
For the first time in New Zealand, Tearfund and Rhema Media present the dynamic Mwangaza Children’s choir from Uganda, in their Light-up tour. Experience the incredible sounds of authentic African worship and move your body to energetic rhythms and dancing. With their vibrant costumes and big...

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Search Engine

Search Engine. Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Koha entry. With thanks to Arts In. Heretaunga and Creative Communities. Shimmering light and captivating movement fill the universe of Search Engine. Within this luminous, metallic world, three choreographers explore and define their experiences of what it means to seek out and to search within...

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CMNZ Presents: Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew and Stroma

CMNZ Presents: Alex Ross with Bianca Andrew and Stroma. Thursday 24th May 2018
Author Alex Ross hit the golden note, and best-seller lists, with his compelling and revelatory history of twentieth-century music, The Rest Is Noise. A tour-de-force of musicology and social history, Ross dispels the elitist myths surrounding modernist and post-modernist masterpieces, allowing...

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Seaweek World Oceans Day Poetry Reading Night

Thursday 7th June 2018
Experience the magic of listening to the winners of the poetry competition read their work alongside the fish at the aquarium! Contact: Carol - 833-5424 or email -

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CMNZ Presents: Heath Quartet

CMNZ Presents: Heath Quartet. Sunday 24th June 2018
Thrilling audiences with their dynamic and charismatic performances, the Heath Quartet are one of Britain’s most exciting chamber ensembles. Winning the 2016 Gramophone Chamber Music Award with their debut recording, the quartet are fast earning their electric reputation. In a programme of...

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Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde. Tuesday 26th June 2018
Comedy. Thrills. Chaos. Delight. Five hilarious performers tell the terrifying (yet still exceptionally sexy) tale of Jekyll & Hyde. Thrilling, charming, shockingly good comedy, we'll make you laugh until it hurts. Join the award-winning cast of smash-hit Don Juan and unleash your inner...

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Mozart & Beethoven

Mozart & Beethoven. Wednesday 27th June 2018
Gareth Farr - He iwi tahi tātou Mozart - Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 Jimmy Lopez - Fiesta! Beethoven - Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 Mozart’s captivating Bassoon Concerto is the most famous written for the instrument and one that requires dexterity and precision. NZSO Section...

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Dancing With Mozart

Dancing With Mozart. Saturday 30th June 2018
Great music inspires great dance this winter, as the Royal New Zealand Ballet brings works by two of the greatest choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries to New Zealand stages, together with an exciting new commission from Birmingham-based, Christchurch-born choreographer, Corey Baker. Works...

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Hammers & Horsehair

Hammers & Horsehair. Tuesday 3rd July 2018
After their successful 2016 nationwide tour Hammers & Horsehair (Rowena Simpson - soprano, Douglas Mews - square piano, & Robert Ibell - cello) present a rich and varied programme of music from the first half of the Nineteenth Century. Three beautiful but rarely heard songs by Bohemian composer...

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Simon Trpčeski Plays Grieg

Simon Trpčeski Plays Grieg. Thursday 19th July 2018
Shostakovich - Festive Overture, Op. 96 Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 This concert sees the return of two great artists who individually had a big impact on audiences when they were last here in 2015 – Spanish conductor Jaime Martín...

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Mama Mia - Here We Go Again Movie Fundraiser

Mama Mia - Here We Go Again Movie Fundraiser. Thursday 26th July 2018
The Knowledge Bank is pleased to announce that we will be doing a movie night at Focal Point Cinema. Tickets are on sale now. Seats are limited to 120 tickets, so if you and your friends would like to come, get in quick. Contact Linda B or Rachel at the Knowledge Bank at 06 833 5333.

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Hine Kihāwai

Hine Kihāwai. Saturday 28th July 2018
Taki Rua present a free te reo Māori theatre performance for the whole whānau. Hine Kihāwai may have left the world of the living, but she lives on in the memories of her children Tama and Te Aniwa. Against all odds, her tamariki fight to hold on to her teachings, her wisdom, her songs –...

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Napier Civic Choir Choral Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem

Napier Civic Choir Choral Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem. Friday 3rd August 2018
An opera disguised as religious music, Verdi’s Requiem is nothing short of a masterwork. Last staged by the Napier Civic Choir and Hawke’s Bay Orchestra in 2013, we are excited to bring this compelling music back to Hawke’s Bay audiences. Almost overwhelming in its scale and drama, this is...

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Mahler's Symphony No.2 In C

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Mahler's Symphony No.2 In C. Saturday 4th August 2018
Mahler’s second symphony—Resurrection—is monumental. Of his approach to composition, Mahler famously said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” True to form, this epic work takes on the most profound of subjects as it charts a journey across the full gamut of...

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Aroha Quartet: Light & Dark

Aroha Quartet: Light & Dark. Tuesday 14th August 2018
In 'Light & Dark' we take you on an emotional journey, exploring a wide range of moods and soundscapes Our programme begins with the warmth and brightness of Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet Op 76 No 3, with its famous variations on an anthem he wrote for Kaiser Franz II. It then enters the...

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Beethoven & Brahms

Beethoven & Brahms. Wednesday 15th August 2018
Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Maestro Edo de Waart joins forces with arguably one of the finest violinists of his generation, Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich, to present de Waart’s third Masterworks concert for...

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CMNZ Presents: Ensemble Zefiro

CMNZ Presents: Ensemble Zefiro. Thursday 16th August 2018
The extraordinary colours of 17th and 18th century woodwind instruments have lent Italy’s Ensemble Zefiro a cult following. Founded by Maestri dei legni, Alfredo Bernadini and Alberto Grazzi, this period-instrument ensemble have won numerous awards including the Grand Prix du Disque and...

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Classical Hits

Classical Hits. Friday 14th September 2018
Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759, ‘Unfinished’ Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 Gillian Whitehead - Turanga-nui (World Premiere) Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish...

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Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Friday 5th October 2018
Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children's book as Dr. Seuss. More than 50 years later, The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children's literature classic and now a...

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CMNZ Presents: Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu & NZSQ

CMNZ Presents: Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu & NZSQ. Sunday 7th October 2018
Try googling “the ten most popular chamber music works of all time”. There are lots of lists but you’ll find Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet is on every one of them and it justly forms the centrepiece of this exquisite exploration of aquatic themes. Programmed alongside Schubert and...

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Napier Civic Choir Choral Light Shines In the Darkness

Napier Civic Choir Choral Light Shines In the Darkness. Friday 26th October 2018
Arvo Part's The Beatitudes | Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aterna - Joseph Haydn Mass in Time of War - Paukenmesse. This contemplative programme with choir, soloists and orchestra, explores the beauty and power that music can offer in the darkest of circumstances. Part’s setting of The Beatitudes is...

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral Beethoven Symphony No. 2. Saturday 27th October 2018
Beethoven Symphony No.2 - Wagner Siegfried Idyll - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor. Don’t miss this special occasion, as we complete our long-running Beethoven symphony cycle with a performance of his delightful second symphony. We are thrilled to welcome back Helene Pohl, first violinist...

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The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker

The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker. Saturday 1st December 2018
Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as we stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for all ages, this is a Christmas gift for all the family. Our story begins on...

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Napier Civic Choir Choral Concert - Handel's Messiah

Napier Civic Choir Choral Concert - Handel's Messiah. Friday 14th December 2018
In what has become a Christmas tradition for all of us, we once again revel in Handel’s enduring masterwork, Messiah. What better way to mark the festive season than with this great oratorio? Probably the most well known work in the choral repertoire, its breadth includes both intimate arias...

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Napier Civic Choir Orchestral - Beethoven Beauties

Napier Civic Choir Orchestral - Beethoven Beauties. Saturday 15th December 2018
Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Symphony No.3 in E flat major - Eroica We close the year with a feast of some of the most popular of Beethoven’s works for orchestra. The dramatic Coriolan overture sets the scene for us to welcome one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed pianists,...

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