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February 2020

Cav & Pag Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

Cav & Pag Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

Opera’s most famous and spectacular pairing, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci’ has captivated audiences over generations, and Festival Opera’s season will carry on the tradition. John Wilkie returns to direct a double cast, led by conductor Jose Aparicio, featuring the stunning Toni...

Date: Thursday 20 February to Monday 24 February
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Speakeasy Starlets 2020

Speakeasy Starlets 2020

Speakeasy Starlets A dazzling night of dance awaits! So come and enjoy the glitz and glam of the underground scene of the 1930's with some delicious drinks in a gorgeous atmosphere.  There will be various performers to entertain you. So please join us at 39 Marine Parade for a lush night of...

Date: Thursday 20 February to Friday 21 February
Where:
Hawkes Bay Latin Dance Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

A murder mystery by English writer Agatha Christie. Directed by Simon Law. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each...

Date: Wednesday 26 February to Saturday 7 March
Where:
Napier Little Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night

Prepare to be inspired! The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you! Showcasing our 2020 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want - action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is...

Date: Thursday 27 February
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Two Poets - Poetry Performance

Two Poets - Poetry Performance

Come and enjoy two of Napier’s best poets share some of their colourful and engaging work, performed in the beautiful setting of the Main Gallery at CAN. David Chan is a superb live performer, whose wonderful poems draw the listener in – and afterwards, seem to hang in the air for further...

Date: Saturday 29 February
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Ben Hurley The Endless Summer Tour

Ben Hurley The Endless Summer Tour

Ben Hurley, the face you know and love from the TV is coming to your home town live at your local! Winner of all of the awards, The Billy T Award, The Fred Dagg Award, Comedy Guild 2016 Best Male Comedian & Best MC and Metro Comedian of the year, Ben has been smashing comedy out of the park...

Date: Saturday 29 February
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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March 2020

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

A murder mystery by English writer Agatha Christie. Directed by Simon Law. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each...

Date: Wednesday 26 February to Saturday 7 March
Where:
Napier Little Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - And Then There Were None


Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Raw Comedy Quest 2020 - Napier

Raw Comedy Quest 2020 - Napier

Witness the rising stars in stand-up comedy before they hit the big time in the Raw Comedy Quest! The top 10 make it to the final, with the winner and the runner up advancing to the Wellington finals, where the top two performers are flown to Auckland to compete in the National Raw Comedy Quest...

Date: Wednesday 4 March
Where:
Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Juilliard415

Juilliard415

Next generation baroque, this chamber orchestra of young players from one of the world’s most distinguished music schools starts our season with a bang. The New York Times describes Juilliard415 as an ensemble who plays with “consistent poise, and hair-trigger responsiveness” under such...

Date: Thursday 5 March
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Winding Up by Roger Hall

Winding Up by Roger Hall

Auckland Theatre Company presents Winding Up - By Roger Hall. Barry and Gen may have retired, but these spirited seniors aren’t slowing down! There’s overseas travel to plan, family feuds to settle, the inevitable health problems, and a friend to bury. As Barry and Gen put the fun into...

Date: Wednesday 11 March to Thursday 12 March
Where:
Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Salsa Night

Salsa Night

Calling all salsa dancers! Once monthly the UW gladly invites you to come move your feet and show your skills from 6-9 pm. Enjoy Salsa music brought to you by DJ Timba George! Grab a bite to eat with our tapas menu and stay hydrated with our many beverage options!

Date: Thursday 12 March to Thursday 16 April
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Raw Muscle - Ladies Night Out

Raw Muscle - Ladies Night Out

This is the night you have been waiting for...get the girls together for a night of laughs and good times...the boys from Raw Muscle are back in town. It will be an epic night out ladies so get your general admission ticket online now. Door sales (if available) will be $25.

Date: Saturday 14 March
Where:
Level 1 Nightclub, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Raw Comedy Quest 2020 - Hastings

Raw Comedy Quest 2020 - Hastings

Witness the rising stars in stand-up comedy before they hit the big time in the Raw Comedy Quest! The top 10 make it to the final, with the winner and the runner up advancing to the Wellington finals, where the top two performers are flown to Auckland to compete in the National Raw Comedy Quest...

Date: Tuesday 17 March
Where:
The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Beauty and the Beast - Victorian State Ballet

Beauty and the Beast - Victorian State Ballet

A full‐length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy‐tale story! Following nationwide sell‐out seasons, Beauty & the Beast returns to stage in 2020! A must see stunning full length classical ballet production of the traditional fairy‐tale story! Featuring internationally...

Date: Wednesday 18 March
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical

The original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical® returns to New Zealand in 2020! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flushes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of...

Date: Friday 20 March
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Owls Do Cry

Owls Do Cry

Filled with fierce heart and visual splendour, Red Leap Theatre’s energetic response to Owls Do Cry is a surprising and moving experience delving into the poetic world of Janet Frame and the Withers family. This richly immersive theatre experience will have a lasting impression and is not to be...

Date: Friday 20 March to Saturday 21 March
Where:
Toitoi - Hawkes Bay Arts and Event Centre, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Menopause The Musical

Menopause The Musical

The original New York and Las Vegas hit Menopause The Musical® returns to New Zealand in 2020! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flushes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Inspired by a hot flush and a bottle of...

Date: Sunday 22 March
Where:
Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Soweto Gospel Choir - Freedom 2020 NZ Tour

Soweto Gospel Choir - Freedom 2020 NZ Tour

The Soweto Gospel Choir are bringing their Freedom tour to New Zealand in 2020 in honor of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela, and South Africa’s struggle for freedom. Following their most recent Grammy Award for Freedom (Best World Music Album), this celebrated choir invites...

Date: Tuesday 24 March
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Salsa Bueno

Salsa Bueno

Hola Amigos! Welcome back for our fourth Salsa Bueno! Join us for a night filled with intermittent 30 minute salsa dancing lessons (beginners and professionals all invited!) along with performances, demonstrations, and breaks to keep you fed with our delicious tapas menu and drinks ranging...

Date: Friday 27 March
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Grease The Musical

Grease The Musical

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs...

Date: Friday 27 March to Saturday 11 April
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Made for a Cause 2020

Made for a Cause 2020

Presented by: Deethi Krishna It’s the Hawke’s Bay Indian Cultural Centre’s 5th Anniversary and we are celebrating it with the popular annual event “Made for A Cause 2020” at the Napier Municipal Theatre on Saturday 28th March. The event showcases classical and fusion dances from local...

Date: Saturday 28 March
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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April 2020

Grease The Musical

Grease The Musical

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking musical. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs...

Date: Friday 27 March to Saturday 11 April
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Grease The Musical


Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Vesa & Friends

Vesa & Friends

Born and raised in Finland, Vesa-Matti Leppänen moved to New Zealand in 2000. For well over a decade he has been Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and has earned international recognition as a chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator and soloist. Vesa-Matti Leppänen has...

Date: Tuesday 7 April
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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HB Easter Highland Games

HB Easter Highland Games

Highland & National Dancing and Solo Piping Competitions. Friday night is the Piobaireachd - Gold Clasp Competition in the Lindisfarne Auditorium commencing at 6pm. Saturday and Sunday 8am start for Piping Competitions. Saturday features the NZ Championship Under 21 Piobaireachd...

Date: Friday 10 April to Sunday 12 April
Where:
Lindisfarne College, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Salsa Night

Salsa Night

Calling all salsa dancers! Once monthly the UW gladly invites you to come move your feet and show your skills from 6-9 pm. Enjoy Salsa music brought to you by DJ Timba George! Grab a bite to eat with our tapas menu and stay hydrated with our many beverage options!

Date: Thursday 12 March to Thursday 16 April
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Salsa Night


May 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Heath Franklin's Chopper - The Silencer

Heath Franklin's Chopper - The Silencer

Chopper cordially invites the world to shut the f**k up for a change. Welcome The Silencer. Panic, terror, stupidity, crisis; they can all form a queue and suck the wrinkles out of Chopper's walnut wallet because he has stopped giving a f*** and is done with suffering fools. Are femi-nazis...

Date: Tuesday 19 May
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Godspell - The Famous Rock Musical!

Godspell - The Famous Rock Musical!

Godspell is an amazing show, and this year you can experience it in a truly amazing venue - the wonderful Waiapu Cathedral in Napier. There will be three performances of this popular rock musical on May 29th, 30th and 31st. One of the most successful musicals in history, Godspell has been...

Date: Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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June 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Venus Rising

Venus Rising

Twyla Tharp is one of the world’s greatest living choreographers. In Waterbaby Bagatelles, 27 dancers leap and spin across the stage in an ever-changing ocean of light; the music flowing seamlessly as groups of dancers sparkle and glow. Meditative and moving, Alice Topp’s award-winning...

Date: Friday 5 June to Saturday 6 June
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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World of Musicals

World of Musicals

The Musical Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway return to New Zealand with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production will Return to New Zealand in 2020 with a brand new...

Date: Wednesday 10 June
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Calefax

Calefax

In great demand internationally, world renowned Calefax Reed Quintet are one of the most dazzling wind ensembles performing at present. This close-knit ensemble of five reed players draws music from eight centuries of repertoire to create unique arrangements: from early music to classical and jazz...

Date: Wednesday 10 June
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Matariki Glow Show!

Matariki Glow Show!

“Thank you for putting on a great show. It was so great, it nearly blew my shoes off!” - Josh (Papakura Central School) Come celebrate MATARIKI with a giant scale puppet show of magical glow-in-the-dark characters from Māori myth and legend! This innovative, cutting edge concept features...

Date: Friday 12 June
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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July 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Voces8: The Cathedral Tour

Voces8: The Cathedral Tour

Prepare yourself for the exceptionally smooth sounds of VOCES8 as they take you on an acoustic tour of cathedrals throughout New Zealand. Gramophone Magazine writes, “The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with...

Date: Friday 10 July
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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August 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Anna Im with Stephen De Pledge

Anna Im with Stephen De Pledge

Winner of the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition Anna Im and beloved New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge come together for a concert of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Wieniawski and Clara Schumann. This is a celebration of the beauty of the violin and piano, and a chance to support...

Date: Tuesday 4 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

Rich, idle and cruel, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil delight in the corruption of virtue. For them, there is no love, only malicious pleasure in crushing youthful dreams of romance and humiliating the innocent in a corrupt and wicked game. With players such as these, lovers...

Date: Saturday 12 September to Sunday 13 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody

So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody. Friends! The Musical Parody will be there for you in 2020 as it...

Date: Thursday 17 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Doric String Quartet

Doric String Quartet

If the bar for quartet excellence was already set stratospherically high, the UK’s Doric String Quartet has surely launched it into orbit. Founded in 1998, the Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from...

Date: Monday 12 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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November 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty

In an enchanted kingdom, a princess was born. Blessed by fairies, Aurora grew into a beautiful young woman, protected by everyone who loved her from the evil beyond the castle walls. On her 16th birthday, Aurora’s world was shattered by the malevolent Carabosse, but, saved from certain death by...

Date: Saturday 28 November to Sunday 29 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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December 2020

Free
Poetry Open Mic Night

Poetry Open Mic Night

A monthly get together by Napier Live Poets. Napier Live Poets. Come along and be a part of our wonderful, vibrant poetry group, where you can share your own work and hear poems by other members of Hawke’s Bay’s community. If you want to just listen, that is fine too. Napier Live Poets is...

Date: Monday 2 March to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Poetry Open Mic Night


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