Some­thing for every­one in fes­ti­val

Per­form­ing arts de­light au­di­ences

Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY RACHEL CHAP­MAN

What a breath­tak­ing fort­night of per­form­ing arts and ideas.

Har­courts Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val en­ter­tained, pro­voked and in­spired lo­cal au­di­ences and out-of-town vis­i­tors with a huge range of artis­tic of­fer­ings — over 60 shows, events and work­shop ses­sions.

An en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence came out in force to sup­port the fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val hub on the Vil­lage Green in Have­lock North in par­tic­u­lar was an oa­sis of fun and cre­ativ­ity that won the hearts and minds of many, with a tribe of staff in hats and tails wel­com­ing the com­mu­nity into a vil­lage within a vil­lage.

The fes­ti­val stretched across the re­gion from Wairoa to Waipawa with too many high­lights to men­tion, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Pitsch Leiser said.

“It has been de­light­ful to see the large num­ber of young peo­ple that have been able to en­gage with the fes­ti­val this year through the many ini­tia­tives we fos­tered, in­clud­ing our Fes­ti­val to Schools pro­gramme, work­shops from The Nukes and Mo­tif Poetry, our Am­bas­sador pro­gramme, Fes­ti­val of Youth. At this stage, we can say that over 10,000 young peo­ple from across the re­gion par­tic­i­pated in some way with the Fes­ti­val!”

Two com­mu­nity events over Labour Week­end — White Night and Waio­hiki Arts Vil­lage — en­abled more than 5000 peo­ple to en­gage at no cost in the spirit of art in its many forms: vis­ual art, dance per­for­mances, in­stal­la­tions and laser pro­jec­tions. There re­ally was some­thing to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of young and old in these ac­ces­si­ble fam­ily-friendly events.

This year, we also had the priv­i­lege of pre­mier­ing a num­ber of new cre­ative works dur­ing the Fes­ti­val, from De­laney David­son’s new show, Ship of Dreams, to lo­cal mu­si­cians Mar­got Pier­ard and Kurt Yates’ de­but of Canopy, from Puti Lan­caster and Owen McCarthy’s artis­tic theatre piece, Free­dom is Be­hind My Breath to con­tem­po­rary dance in­stal­la­tion Meta, by Champa Ma­ciel and So­phie Fol­lett.

It takes many peo­ple and many dif­fer­ent skills to make a fes­ti­val hap­pen, and Mr Leiser says it has been a joy to bring such di­ver­sity, con­nec­tion and tal­ent to­gether in a real spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion and com­mu­nity.

■ Rachel Chap­man is Mar­ket­ing Man­ager for the Har­courts Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val 2018.

Chloe Lof­tus’s tree-top per­for­mance was a high­light of the launch of the Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val in Have­lock North.

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