Napier Arts Precinct, Napier

20/10/2018 - 20/10/2018

Hawkes Bay Arts Festival 2018

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Last year’s inaugural White Night saw more than 3,000 people take to the streets for this free, family-friendly, good-vibe event. 

Inspired by Nuit Blance in Paris, White Night offers a unique opportunity to engage with the arts in an open and accessible way, whether you’re a first-time gallery goer or an arts connoisseur. It’s like a treasure hunt, where you don’t know what you’re looking for, but you find it all!

So gather your friends and whanau from 6.00pm until late, as selected Napier venues open their doors and showcase the diversity of art and culture in our local community.

Begin the night at the fabulous Napier Municipal Theatre with Pango/Black

Submerse yourself in Amanda Heslop’s underwater photographic work at Tennyson Gallery; navigate the idea of the Monochrome, SPA_CE Gallery’s group show of paintings and sculpture; participate in the CAN’s interactive art installation, White Out; or take a guided mini-tour of MTG’s intriguing exhibitions.

Experience shadow puppetry and live theatre upstairs at the Drama Workshop in a specially devised performance piece by students and Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre. Join with other members of the community to create collaborative drawing artworks at The Pencil Room, suitable for all ages and abilities so come and make your mark. No words, no symbols, just a pen and your amazing imaginations combined!

Partake in a steampunk performance mystery, Cthudo, at Wardini Books, a fun game of apocalyptic summoning. Or The World Sighing Championships at the Rabbit Room, an animated projection of monumental hand-lettered type.

And if that’s all too much action, find Inner Calm at Homebase Collections, a show for all the senses: music, smell, visual art and installation, and an invitation to rest.

Do look out for world-class, world-travelled street performances and be sure to sample the wares from the local bars, cafes and pop-up stalls.

We are grateful for the support of Indelible Ltd to bring this event to life!

Napier Arts Precinct
Saturday 20 October 2018

Theatre , Promenade , Dance-theatre ,

Feels very European in a Kiwi kind of way

Review by Kim Buckley 21st Oct 2018

White Night encapsulates a stunning and delightful collection of performing arts in and around Napier city.  Starting with Māori contemporary dance work Pango/Black at the Napier Municipal Theatre, audience members walk in and around these street performances with adventurous glee. 

The Napier Arts precinct (very exciting to have an ‘Arts Precinct’ in our gorgeous city!) offers us a visual feast of laser light show with accompanying DJ, a AV 3D experience, a mirrored Tardis, subversive digital graffiti on a Hungarian dancing human, a Human Project exploring human behaviour oddities, a meandering shoal of digital dancing fish, and a tea party to which, if you are lucky enough, you are led to by The White Rabbit. 

The Nukes are sensational and have us fully engaged.  The galleries are open and fulfilling.  The entire experience feels very European in a Kiwi kind of way.  The food is great to. 


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