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Art deco 2021

The annual Art Deco Festival is nearly here, with some exciting new events added to the calendar in Hastings, complementing the main activities happening in Napier.

The main action happens on Thursday, February 18, including the Art Deco Market and Fashion Flaunt, a staple of the festival, moved to a new location for 2021 in Albert Park.

Running from 10am to 8pm, the market includes vendors selling their carefully collected new, vintage and second-hand Art Deco clothing, accessories and more.

Also on offer is music from the Lindisfarne Jazz Band, Deco Bay Brass and the Twin City Stompers, dancing displays by the Born to Move Deco Dancers, a Hastings Vintage Car Show & Shine featuring 20+ of the best vintage cars in the region, and food trucks.

The Fashion Flaunt starts at 5.30pm when people will be able to show off their Art Deco best and compete for prizes and titles such as Best Dressed Gent, Lady, Child, Couple and Group.
This year there is the electrifying addition of the Hakui Hakoro Fashion Parade showcasing Toi Deco Māori traditional garments.

While there, visitors are encouraged to cast their eyes to the sky at 7pm to catch an impressive flyover by the New Zealand Warbirds – a first for Hastings as part of the Festival.

From 4pm, people can also pop down to the Common Room on Heretaunga St to sip on creative cocktails, listen to live jazz and relax in the garden bar at the “Not So Common Deco” event.

Other popular Hastings hospitality venues are also getting in on the action – Fun Buns will be hosting a “Cocktail High Tea”, and at Sazio guests will be treated to a family-style Buenos Aires tango-themed meal at the “Sazio Malevo Dinner”.

Lady Larisa and her incredible band will be performing the official release of ‘Honeychild’ at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House on Thursday. On Saturday turn back your time piece to an age of glitz, glamour and exuberance at Three Wise Birds Garden Bar for their “Speakeasy” event.

Walking tours are back on the agenda, and on Friday, February 19, a railcar shuttle is running from Napier to Hastings to join Hawke’s Bay historian and author Michael Fowler for a guided Art Deco Tour around the Hastings CBD.

People can also join one of his walking tours on Thursday, February 19 and Sunday, February 21 taking in some amazing Spanish Mission architecture, and also covering the story of the impact of the 1931 earthquake.

For the full programme, details on times and costs, and links to buy tickets go to

29 January 2021

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