Top names in Arts Fes­ti­val line-up

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Hawke’s Bay’s most hotly an­tic­i­pated cul­tural event re­turns this spring with a stun­ning line up of per­for­mances planned for Napier. This year, the Har­courts Hawke’s Bay Arts Fes­ti­val is rolling out its most di­verse and ex­cit­ing pro­gramme so far, with more than 55 events in 10 venues across the re­gion. Artists and com­pa­nies from Hun­gary, Canada, UK, Spain, USA and Aus­tralia will join forces with the best of lo­cal and na­tional tal­ent from our own back­yard in what prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar 13 days of arts and cul­ture.

Napier’s MTG Cen­tury Theatre will set the scene for theatre, mu­sic and three Read­ers and Writ­ers ses­sions.

Clas­si­cal mu­sic lovers won’t want to miss Emily Sun and Ga­mal Khamis. Aus­tralian vi­o­lin­ist Emily Sun is rapidly gain­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion as an emerg­ing soloist, while one of the UK’s ris­ing stars, pi­anist Ga­mal Khamis, has a fist­ful of for­mi­da­ble awards and col­lab­o­ra­tions to his name. To­gether they will share a sump­tu­ous pro­gramme of ro­man­tic and vir­tu­osic mu­sic, in­clud­ing works by Faure, Grieg and Schu­bert.

A lunchtime con­cert, Cuen­tos de Es­pan˜ a (Sto­ries of Spain), pre­sented by Fes­ti­val Opera, ex­plores the fount of in­spi­ra­tion criss-cross­ing the globe be­tween Spain and New Zealand through the con­duit of mu­sic and Span­ish com­po­si­tion. Pi­anist Lorelle McNaughton re­turns from stud­ies in Barcelona with her award-win­ning affin­ity for Span­ish reper­toire. She is joined by ac­claimed con­duc­tor and singer, Jose´ Apari­cio and Hawke’s Bay so­prano Anna Pier­ard.

Still Life with Chick­ens is a mas­ter­fully crafted, be­guil­ing and very funny play, un­afraid of the un­com­fort­able truths of life. Award-win­ning play­wright D. F. Mamea’s slice-of-life story tells of an age­ing Samoan woman’s valiant fight against lone­li­ness and an un­likely friend­ship with a mis­chievous chicken. It vividly por­tray the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood, colour­ful char­ac­ters, and Mama’s dreams for her­self and her fam­ily.

Ach­ingly funny and poignant, Mark Had­low’s MAMIL (Re­mounted) ex­plores the male midlife cri­sis, where the su­per bike and cy­cling cul­ture reign supreme.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, this phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful mid­dleaged man in ly­cra has en­ter­tained more than 40,000, and count­ing. Over An­niver­sary/Labour week­end White Night re­turns when Napier’s art precinct comes to life on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 with a se­ries of free ex­hi­bi­tions, in­ter­ac­tive events and live per­for­mances. Sup­ported by Napier City Coun­cil, this free event is a great way for fam­i­lies and friends to come to­gether and cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of art and cul­ture in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

There will also be a free per­for­mance of Atamira Dance Com­pany’s Pango/Black in the Napier Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre as part of White Night. Six male dancers ig­nite the stage, bring­ing move­ment, en­ergy and life to ex­plore the con­cept of start­ing from noth­ing, or black­ness. Te Kore fea­tures Shayne Carter (Straight­jacket Fits) on gui­tar, taonga puoro by mas­ter player James Web­ster, and an elec­tronic score by Peter Hobbs.

Also, at the Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre, By a Thread isa vis­ually rich, imag­i­na­tive dis­play of cut­ting-edge ac­ro­bat­ics from seven of Aus­tralia’s best emerg­ing cir­cus artists us­ing the sim­ple ap­pa­ra­tus of a rope and pul­ley, and the physics of coun­ter­weight, ten­sion, mus­cle and flight. A stun­ning, award­win­ning show.

■ Fes­ti­val pro­gramme from Napier City Coun­cil, iSites, li­braries, gal­leries, cafes or Har­courts Hawke’s Bay of­fices. Visit Tick­ets to Napier shows from the MTG and Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre box of­fices or tick­

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