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July 2020

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Aubyn Live theatre is proud to present the 2020 season of Puss in Boots. Puss in Boots is the tale of Jack and Jack’s cat Puss. When the nasty ogre, Grimgrab, threatens to take over the village and marry the Princess Esmerelda the good fairy Priscilla steps in and sells Jack some magic boots...

Date: Sunday 12 July
Where:
Aubyn Live Theatre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
R18
Book Signing with Local Author & Rotarian Andrew Harris

Book Signing with Local Author & Rotarian Andrew Harris

Local author Andrew Harris is changing the world through Crime Fiction. In his Human Spirit Series he has written three thrillers with a social conscience. Come and meet Andrew and hear about his books The C Clef, A Litany of Good Intentions and More, his recently released third book. Light...

Date: Wednesday 15 July
Where:
Wardini Books, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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July Double Feature - Snap Time & White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

July Double Feature - Snap Time & White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Snap Time This amazing multi award-winning play is written and acted by John Cocking. Derived from inspirational letters written by his father Lawrence Cocking ("Lol") who lived and worked in Creswell Pit, Derbyshire, UK, Snap Time will have all your emotions and senses heightened. Lol wanted...

Date: Thursday 16 July to Saturday 25 July
Where:
Napier Little Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Matariki by Kahurangi Māori Dance Company

Matariki by Kahurangi Māori Dance Company

Get your whānau together and join us on a journey to discover the meaning of Matariki, with Kahurangi Māori Dance Company, through Māori song and dance. Matariki - Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation of Taurus which indicates the year ahead, and that the seasons of harvest have...

Date: Friday 17 July
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Heavenly Light - a concert by the Waiapu Cathedral Choir

Heavenly Light - a concert by the Waiapu Cathedral Choir

The programme of our Heavenly Light concert features music illustrating the theme of light brightening the darkness, both literally and figuratively, and includes music composed in every era from the 16th Century to the modern day. Choir Director Anthony Tattersall will open the concert with...

Date: Sunday 19 July
Where:
Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Between the Lines - The Texture of Words [Poetry]

Between the Lines - The Texture of Words [Poetry]

Join us in a rustic boutique of timber and textiles to hear readings from two of New Zealand’s best known and talented poets. Tayi Tibble, a poet and essayist, is joining us from Wellington. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She...

Date: Friday 24 July
Where:
Tattertales, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Between the Lines - Bubbles & Books - Sponsored by Agri-lab

Between the Lines - Bubbles & Books - Sponsored by Agri-lab

Join us for bubbles, lunch and laughter at the famous Nola Cafe in Waipawa. Our special lunchtime guest and speaker Wendyl Nissen will captivate with stories of her life as a journalist, magazine editor and broadcaster. She gave up her corporate life 15 years ago and now lives in the...

Date: Friday 24 July
Where:
Nola Cafe, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Between the Lines - Parallel Lives

Between the Lines - Parallel Lives

A wonderful evening of conversation is guaranteed with guests Sir Bob Kerridge and Dr Matthew Hall, led by well-known writer and editor Paul Little. Bob Kerridge was the public face of the SPCA and voice for animal rights in NZ for over 20 years. Now retired in Hawkes Bay he speaks about growing...

Date: Friday 24 July
Where:
Mountview, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Between the Lines - An Afternoon with Charity Norman

Between the Lines - An Afternoon with Charity Norman

Due to popular demand and a fully soldout event, Charity Norman has agreed to host a second session - An Afternoon with Charity Norman, in the elegant ballroom of Ashcott Homestead. Spend an afternoon listening to, and chatting with, this talented author. Discover the inspiration and process of...

Date: Saturday 25 July
Where:
Ashcott Homestead, Takapau, Central Hawke's Bay

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Between the Lines - Crime!

Between the Lines - Crime!

The Between the Lines Festival organisers are thrilled to include much-loved author Charity Norman to our line up. Charity was born in Uganda, and grew up in the UK. After several years of travel Charity trained as a barrister specialising in crime and family law. She moved to NZ in 2002 with...

Date: Saturday 25 July
Where:
Ashcott Homestead, Takapau, Central Hawke's Bay

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Guy Williams live in Hastings! WOAH! Cool.

Guy Williams live in Hastings! WOAH! Cool.

Guy Williams is coming to do stand up in Hastings for the first time!!.... Not really sure what else to say besides that? He's going to attempt to perform stand up in Hastings, Napier and other places in the central North Island! Tickets are "Pay what you can". Try and to take this seriously...

Date: Saturday 25 July
Where:
Theatre Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Between the Lines - Spotlight on CHB

Between the Lines - Spotlight on CHB

The final event of the Between the Lines Festivities - Showcasing CHB and celebrating our local authors. Five local authors will speak about their work and inspiration at this brunch event being held in the wonderful Settlers Museum, Waipawa. Start your Sunday with coffee and bacon buttie...

Date: Sunday 26 July
Where:
Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum, Waipawa, Central Hawke's Bay

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Guy Williams live in Napier! WOAH! Cool.

Guy Williams live in Napier! WOAH! Cool.

Guy Williams is coming to do stand up in Napier, returning to the city as a hero, after he solved the mystery of the two countdowns that are directly across the road from each other... kinda. Not really sure what else to say besides that? He's going to attempt to perform stand up in Hastings,...

Date: Sunday 26 July
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Salsa Night!

Salsa Night!

Attention all Salsa Dancers! Come to the Urban Winery on the last Thursday of every month for a night of salsa dancing. Free entry. Dance from 7-10 pm and enjoy our extensive range of beverages and food to share from our tapas menu. Hosted by Latin Roots Hawkes Bay.

Date: Thursday 30 July to Thursday 27 August
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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R18
The HUGOGrrrL Show

The HUGOGrrrL Show

He is back!! The king of Kings, NZ House of Drag Season 1 winner HUGOGrrrL, with two of the Bays fabulous Queens Carla Rowe and Miz Pitch. Also featuring CHERRY BOMB and The BELLISHUS Performers. Tickets available Monday the 8th June from Eventfinda just $20. Or $25 at the door. The last show...

Date: Friday 31 July
Where:
The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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August 2020

R18
The Spirit of Napier: Burlesque & Variety Show

The Spirit of Napier: Burlesque & Variety Show

NEW SHOW DATE The Spirit of Napier: Burlesque & Variety Show Did you catch our golden lady at the Art Deco car parade? Well now's your chance to see her in action on the stage. After her unsanctioned appearance at Art Deco, Cherry Boomb thought she'd put together a little showcase for you...

Date: Saturday 1 August
Where:
Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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 3 August to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Amalia Hall with Stephen De Pledge

Amalia Hall with Stephen De Pledge

Saint-Saëns jokingly told his publisher that his Violin Sonata should be called “the hippogriffsonata”, insinuating that only a mythical creature could play the violin part. Written in the year between his widely-known masterpiece Carnival of the Animals and his “Organ” Symphony,...

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

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FiTS In Ya Pocket - Performers' Forum

FiTS In Ya Pocket - Performers' Forum

Calling all budding performers! Learn nuts-and-bolts processes, meet fellow aspiring artists, make contact with those in the know. Take that idea for a show, a play, or a gig, into the realms of reality. This forum will deliver information from experienced professionals. It’s a ‘how-to’...

Date: Wednesday 5 August
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Universal

NZ String Quartet | Beethoven | Universal

This year the New Zealand String Quartet are celebrating a massive composer with a massive tour. The 2020 National Tour brings Beethoven back on his 250th birthday, travelling throughout New Zealand between June and October. This is your chance to rejoice in these charismatic and distinctive works,...

Date: Wednesday 12 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen

Penny Ashton, NZs favourite bonnet fancier, is back! After wowing the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, Colin Mochrie and the Adelaide Festival to name but a few, Penny Ashton is coming home for one last time with world acclaimed sell out smash-hit, Promise and...

Date: Saturday 15 August to Sunday 16 August
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Free
Salsa Night!

Salsa Night!

Attention all Salsa Dancers! Come to the Urban Winery on the last Thursday of every month for a night of salsa dancing. Free entry. Dance from 7-10 pm and enjoy our extensive range of beverages and food to share from our tapas menu. Hosted by Latin Roots Hawkes Bay.

Date: Thursday 30 July to Thursday 27 August
Where:
The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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September 2020

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Presented by: Rochelle Spence Dance Studio The Rochelle Spence Dance Studio will present ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as the main part of their annual dance recital on Saturday 4th April at the Napier Municipal Theatre with performances at 2pm and 7pm. The students will provide...

Date: Saturday 5 September
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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 3 August to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Dangerous Liaisons: CANCELLED

Dangerous Liaisons: CANCELLED

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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Venus Rising

Venus Rising

Ease out of the winter darkness and experience Venus Rising: glowing, hopeful, a celebration of new beginnings and a new chapter in dance. 27 dancers leap and spin in an ever-changing ocean of light, one of the greatest living choreographers, Twyla Tharp's Waterbaby Bagatelles. Celebrate the...

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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Camelot the Pantomime

Camelot the Pantomime

Napier Frivolity Minstrels (Juniors) Inc presents Camelot the Pantomime. This show is a fun filled show full of humour, audience participation and a great variety of your favourite songs. Come along and support these children with a few adults thrown in as they start again after having to be...

Date: Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 4 October
Where:
Taradale High School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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October 2020

Camelot the Pantomime

Camelot the Pantomime

Napier Frivolity Minstrels (Juniors) Inc presents Camelot the Pantomime. This show is a fun filled show full of humour, audience participation and a great variety of your favourite songs. Come along and support these children with a few adults thrown in as they start again after having to be...

Date: Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 4 October
Where:
Taradale High School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Tour-Makers Presents Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage

Tour-Makers Presents Tu Meke Tūī! Live On Stage

There’s more to being a bird than flying! Tere the tūī and Taitū the takahē are two very different sorts of birds: one loves to flit and twirl about in the sky, while the other prefers to rustle around in the undergrowth. Tu Meke Tūī! is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that...

Date: Sunday 4 October to Monday 5 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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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 3 August to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

Doric String Quartet: CANCELLED

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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NZSO Timeless: CANCELLED

NZSO Timeless: CANCELLED

Update: With the ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation, we regret that all scheduled New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concerts and associated events until 31 July, 2020 have been cancelled. -- Principal Partner Ryman Healthcare. Edo de Waart Conductor. Beethoven orch. Weingartner...

Date: Tuesday 20 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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Te Moana Glow Show!

Te Moana Glow Show!

Illuminate kids’ hearts and minds with this magical giant scale glow-in-the-dark puppet show! Go under the sea with a courageous Kina on her journey of discovery across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. It’s a delightful story of our kai moana and the whakatauki ‘He waka eke noa. We are all in...

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Shows Must Go On

The Shows Must Go On

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss. The Shows...

Date: Wednesday 28 October
Where:
Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - The Shows Must Go On


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 3 August to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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The Nutcracker & Don Quixote

The Nutcracker & Don Quixote

Following their sell-out 2019 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand to perform a double bill, The Nutcracker & Don Quixote. Two sensational ballets, one magnificent night of ballet. Act 1 - The Nutcracker The ageless tale of bravery and dreams set...

Date: Thursday 5 November
Where:
Napier Municipal Theatre, 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

Read more » - The Sleeping Beauty


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 3 August to Monday 7 December
Where:
The CAN, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Poetry Open Mic Night


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