Nuit Blanche – Art After Dark
[Due to Covid 19 level restrictions we have had to reschedule this event to Saturday 22nd of January 2022.]
To kick off the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival we return to Napier with a fantastic line-up of visual and performing arts. For one night only the arts quarter in the CBD will play host to Nuit Blanche – Art After Dark
Experience the city in a different way, at night, through the lens of the arts and enjoy it with the whole family. Galleries, back streets and alleyways will be open late, featuring contemporary art exhibitions, live performances and installations. Grab a drink or bite to eat from the local bars, cafés or restaurants alongside delicious offerings from local food trucks.
Start your evening with Mana Wahine - a not to to be missed free dance experience Ōkāreka Dance Company at the Napier Municipal Theatre. Check out PaintTunes, a high energy, live performative experience, with creative talent from the fine art, graffiti and musical worlds coming together at the back of the Telegraph building including local artists Cinzah, JR the Free, Sam Savage, Dali, DJ Lorenzo Pradel and Joe Dobson.
The Boom Factory returns with their magical laser show, and there is plenty of live music including the amazing Laughton Kora and Samson, plus Cashek playing on Herschell Street. Paisley Stage brings a unique line-up of live bands to Hastings Street. Arahi, Michael Stodart and more play Undergrand behind Vinnie’s, and check out the pianist at Real World and more live music at CAN.
Explore street performances with 3D Pavement Art by Marc Spijkerbosch; the Flames of Plenty with giant bubbles and fire pois; and the quirky Compliments Bike by Katje Starke. Fraser Hooper, internationally renowned Clown extraordinaire and the amazing juggling comedy brothers Zane and Degge will liven up the street, alongside magic at Wardini Books.
Participating galleries include Hohepa Creative Works, The Rabbit Room, Boyd-Dunlop Gallery, CAN - Creative Arts Napier, Morganmade, Tennyson Gallery, Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, MTG and SPA_CE.
A highlight of the night will be the projection of White Rose on Waiapu Cathedral, an animation by internationally acclaimed digital artist Hye Rim Lee, who also has a solo exhibition Black Rose at Boyd Dunlop Contemporary Art Gallery.
For a detailed programme, pick up a flier from your local café or visit the Hawke's Bay Arts Festival website.