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Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival launches 2022 festival program
The 8th annual Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival kicked off this week, offering a varied and accessible program across a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, family events , the visual arts and a weekend of literary events. With 65 shows over a two week period from October 14 to 30, there is something for everyone. The Festival program is now online at www.hbaf.co.nz with tickets available for purchase. Printed programs can be picked up at local cafes, galleries, libraries and i-sites in the area.
Whiria te tāngata is a Maori whakatauki (proverb) meaning Weaving people together. This is our kaupapa for the Festival as we navigate difficult times for our community. Frayed around the edges, we aim to bring the strands together, weaving artists, makers and creators into a beautiful showcase of works from Aotearoa and beyond. Festival director Pitsch Leiser said: “This is a festival that brings us all together to celebrate our community, the arts and our humanity. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing two wonderful weeks of exuberance and fun. free your heart and feed your soul.”
The opening weekend in October highlights the beautiful craftsmanship of our Ngāti Kahungunu weavers, with their collective of offerings under the title Whiria! Related to the whakatauki Festival Whiria means to weave, a call to gather, weave and foster interaction. It will be a special day in the ballroom of the newly opened municipal buildings.
The extensive musical lineup includes national and international legends, the Festival’s opening night will bring Canadian Frazey Ford and the Quiet Revolution to Hawke’s Bay for the first time. The famous Don McGlashen and Others returns to the Festival stage traveling through his latest album Bright November Morning, Rebel combines the music of David Bowie with the circus, an incredible rock and roll party. Letters from Iraq is a special performance by Grammy-winning Iraqi-American oud player and composer, Rahim Alhaj alongside New Zealand string quartet, Jackie Goes Prima Diva in association with the Small Hall Sessions brings this local singer into the corridors of rural Hawke’s Bay. Winner of the coveted 2022 Taite Music Prize, Anthonie Tonnon presents her third album, Leave Love Out of This. Teremoana Rapley presents her album Daughter Of a Housegirl, which spanned 30 years. Mahler’s Symphony No.2 – The Resurrection Symphony presented by Festival Opera is an appropriate collaboration for today’s turbulent times.
Laugh a lot with comedians Urzila Carlson It’s Personal and Pax Assadi with his show Handsome Boy, The Trojan War from A Slightly Isolated Dog and for the whole family ROFL (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) and some fun and light evenings with fun comedy circus WERK IT from Oz.
Superb storytelling through theater highlights includes Indian Ink Theater Company with Mrs Krishnan’s Party, Roy Ward in Peter Wells’ Hello Darkness, Skin Tight with one of Aotearoa’s most poignant and enduring works of theater, Back to Square One is a touching and remarkable story of mundane lives and The Boy Called Piano harnesses the power of theater as a force for social change.
Other highlights include Sharing the Dream celebrating the unique career and work of Dame Malvina and, for the first time as part of the Festival lineup, the Royal New Zealand Ballet with Tutus on Tour.
This year, a strong visual arts component includes Nuit Blanche – Art After Dark, in Napier’s arts district, which will come to life with fantastic visual and performing arts programming. The Hawke’s Bay Art Trail showcases our local artists and creators with this year’s addition of The Big Apple Project, grab maps for both and treat yourself to a visual feast for the eyes throughout the region. The Incredible Wahine Photographic Portrait is an immersive multimedia arts exhibition that will run throughout October. The Uku Clay Ceramic Awards – the biennial national ceramic awards exhibition held at the Hastings Community Arts Centre.
For more information and tickets, visit www.hbaf.co.nz or go to a local iSite or to the box office in Toitoi or the Napier Municipal Theater from 9am on 20 July.