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August 2019

Free
Project Prima Volta‎ - Lunchtime Recital

Project Prima Volta‎ - Lunchtime Recital

Project Prima Volta students perform their solo songs and arias to prepare for upcoming auditions and events. These 30-minute soundbite concerts provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy some wonderful singing in the middle of your work day. Bring your own sandwiches and, if possible, a koha to help...

Date: Monday 19 August to Monday 26 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Magic of Pop Up Globe

The Magic of Pop Up Globe

After playing to over 600,000 people across Australasia in just three years, Auckland’s smash-hit sensation Pop-up Globe hits the road in New Zealand for the first time, taking their critically-acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Hamlet to theatres around the...

Date: Thursday 22 August to Friday 23 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Experience Moulin Rouge, Shakespeare style with this all-singing, all-dancing cast as they take a wild romp through the seedy streets of 17th century Vienna, meeting larger-than-life characters who will charm you even as they pick your pocket. In a city of brothels, louche lads-about-town and...

Date: Thursday 22 August to Saturday 24 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Pop-up Globe NZ Tour

Pop-up Globe NZ Tour

Tickets on sale now. After playing to over 600,000 people across Australasia in just three years, Auckland’s smash-hit sensation Pop-up Globe hits the road in New Zealand for the first time, taking their critically-acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Measure for Measure to...

Date: Thursday 22 August to Saturday 24 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Salsa Bueno

Salsa Bueno

The Urban Winery is partnering with Latin Roots Hawkes Bay Salsa Academy to bring you a night of dancing, music, and Latin fun! Come in and learn beginner's Salsa with the best in Hawkes Bay or sit back and enjoy the dancing demonstrations and music breaks. Participation is at your discretion!...

Date: Friday 23 August
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Hamlet – The Most Famous Play In the World

Hamlet – The Most Famous Play In the World

The most towering achievement in the dramatic canon, Hamlet combines all the swashbuckling action of a revenge tragedy with profound and poetic questions about the nature of life and death. See Shakespeare’s most iconic character in his most famous play in this exciting and existential...

Date: Friday 23 August to Saturday 24 August
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Auditions: Badjelly the Witch

Auditions: Badjelly the Witch

The Real Theatre Company is a private company operating within the Hawke's Bay community as an amateur theatre company. The Artistic Director, David Coddington, is holding auditions for his upcoming production of "Badjelly the Witch", written by Spike Milligan. Group auditions will be held on...

Date: Sunday 25 August
Where:
Port Ahuriri School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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NZIFF Opening Night - La Belle Époque

NZIFF Opening Night - La Belle Époque

Opening night includes complimentary refreshments from 6.00pm; the screening begins at 6.30pm. The perfect film to open NZIFF 2019 is also perfect for first dates, 40th anniversaries and solo filmgoers alike. La Belle Époque is that rarest of treats: a certified crowd-pleaser that cinephiles...

Date: Thursday 29 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Kids for Kids: Big Aroha

Kids for Kids: Big Aroha

Kids for Kids is back for 2019! We’re really excited to be bringing you a new show jam-packed with 100% Kiwi-loved songs, fronted by iconic Kiwi entertainer Jackie Clarke and musician Nathan King. This year’s Kids for Kids is all about celebrating Aotearoa’s ‘Big Aroha’, seeing young...

Date: Friday 30 August
Where:
Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2019

A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan

A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan, is a musical array of exerts from many of the best known comic operas. You will enjoy the hilarious, libretti, the impossible dramas and the flirting and romances from the H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and others. A very large and...

Date: Sunday 1 September
Where:
Taikura Rudolph Steiner School, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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They That Go Down to The Sea In Ships

They That Go Down to The Sea In Ships

A Watery theme for Waiapu Cathedral Choir concert. Two different musical settings of the words of Psalm 107 “They that go down to the Sea in Ships will open and close the choir’s 2019 concert on Sunday September 1st. Both arrangements cleverly reflect the meaning of the words of the psalm...

Date: Sunday 1 September
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
R18
Open Mic Comedy Night at Paisley Stage

Open Mic Comedy Night at Paisley Stage

Hawkes Bay Comedy Club presents open mic comedy night. Enjoy a laugh and a drink or give comedy a go yourself! This night is a safe and supportive environment for budding comedians to strut their stuff. Come at 7:30pm if you would like to perform.

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

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Timberlina – Drag Queen Bingo

Timberlina – Drag Queen Bingo

I’m coming back! Timberlina is packing her wigs, glitter and stilettos to head across the Tasman for her second tour in New Zealand. For her second time in Napier the lady of of the night sassily presents Drag Queen Bingo with Timberlina! Bejazzle your jandles for a night of fun, laughs...

Date: Friday 6 September
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Avant Garde’n Wearable Creations Fashion Show

Avant Garde’n Wearable Creations Fashion Show

Join us for The Avant Garde’n Wearable Creations Fashion Show. A stunning showcase of Central Hawke’s Bay talent and creativity at the Central Hawke’s Bay Artisan Festival. Inspired by Spring and our Central Hawke’s Bay gardens and landscapes, the Avant Garde’n Wearable Creations...

Date: Saturday 7 September
Where:
Pukeora Estate, Waipukurau, Central Hawke's Bay

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Matthew Barley and Stephen de Pledge

Matthew Barley and Stephen de Pledge

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello. Offering choice works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the...

Date: Tuesday 10 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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A Taste of Ireland

A Taste of Ireland

This year audiences have the chance to witness World Champion Irish dancers direct from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as A Taste of Ireland – the Irish Music and Dance Sensation tours Australia-wide telling the tale of the world’s most loved nation in one incredible performance. Told...

Date: Wednesday 11 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Matron's Birthday Freak Show at DeadHill

Matron's Birthday Freak Show at DeadHill

DeadHill celebrates Matron's birthday!!! September 13th is a special macabre Black Friday event for the Mother of Dark Tourism in Hawkes Bay. Matron is very, very, very old!!! She only gets one birthday a year and this year it's landed on the blackest Friday of September. Join us as on this...

Date: Friday 13 September
Where:
Napier Prison, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Opera Spectacular Choral Concert

Opera Spectacular Choral Concert

Musical fireworks, a playlist of greatest hits that will make you whistle the tunes for weeks after the concert. A selection of works by Wagner, Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini and Dvořák for your enjoyment. Presented by: Napier Civic Choir Soloists: Lisa Harper-Brown - Soprano TBC - Tenor

Date: Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Orchestra Spectacular

Orchestra Spectacular

Liszt - Les Préludes Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 Prepare yourselves for another programme of powerful emotions and spectacular music. Back from her piano studies in Spain, effervescent New Zealand pianist Lorelle McNaughton joins us...

Date: Saturday 14 September
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Bold Moves

Bold Moves

The stage will be flooded with colour and light. George Balanchine’s Serenade is one of the few ballets that can truly be held iconic. Conceived in 1934, it is American ballet’s founding document, the foundation on which all later works must stand and against which they will be judged. 28...

Date: Saturday 14 September to Sunday 15 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, the hilarious Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate trying to find his way in the world. Set in New York City all the way out on Avenue Q (he couldn’t afford anything better), we are...

Date: Friday 20 September to Saturday 5 October
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Onwards! - Wellington Youth Choir's 30th Anniversary

Onwards! - Wellington Youth Choir's 30th Anniversary

This year, we are excited to be touring to the beautiful Hawkes' Bay region! Wellington Youth Choir is proud to present our 30th Anniversary concert series - Onwards. Under the direction of director Mark Stamper, this series includes a wide variety of pieces and genres, celebrating our hope for...

Date: Saturday 28 September
Where:
St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2019

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Winner of the Tony Triple Crown for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, the hilarious Avenue Q tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate trying to find his way in the world. Set in New York City all the way out on Avenue Q (he couldn’t afford anything better), we are...

Date: Friday 20 September to Saturday 5 October
Where:
Tabard Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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HBAF 2019 - Limbo

HBAF 2019 - Limbo

The NZME season of Limbo is presented as an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics. LIMBO has seduced audiences worldwide. This award-winning hit show has been performed over 1000 times in 12 countries from London to Munich, Sydney to Adelaide, Bogota to Brussels, and will now come...

Date: Tuesday 15 October to Saturday 19 October
Where:
Victoria Spiegeltent, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Taonga Moana - A Love Letter to The Oceans

Taonga Moana - A Love Letter to The Oceans

New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the...

Date: Friday 18 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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November 2019

Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company

Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with Swan Lake... the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director...

Date: Friday 8 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Faint starlight peeps through the dark forest canopy. It is midnight: the witching hour. Alone and lost, two hungry children stumble towards a glowing vision of warmth and comfort, heaven for any child with an empty belly and an aching heart. But all is not as it seems… For Christmas 2019,...

Date: Saturday 16 November to Sunday 17 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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R18
Unusual Subjects Tour | Napier

Unusual Subjects Tour | Napier

The sold out show Unusual Subjects comes to Whanganui! A show that will pull you to pieces, and put you together again... Three of New Zealand's best up and coming comics explore the bigger themes in life, all while celebrating the small beauties and absolute randomness of it all.

Date: Wednesday 20 November
Where:
Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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December 2019

Christmas Oratoria Bach

Christmas Oratoria Bach

Bach - Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 The complete Bach Christmas Oratorio is a rare opportunity to hear back to back the six cantatas of which the oratorio is comprised. The virtuosity of solo parts, choir and orchestra makes this wonderful work an exciting journey for both audience and...

Date: Friday 13 December to Sunday 15 December
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concert - Mendelssohn Symphony

Tchaikovsky Violin Concert - Mendelssohn Symphony

Mendelssohn - The Herbrides Overture ( Fingal's Cave) Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.35 Mendelssohn Symphony - No 3 in A minor, Op.56 Amalia Hall returns to delight us with her virtuoso playing of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony ranks among the...

Date: Saturday 14 December
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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