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Diverse acts take to Toitoi stage

My Hastings Toitoi Aug2021

Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre has something for everyone this August – from kapa haka to contemporary dance to huge choirs of tamariki.

Kicking off the entertainment programme at Toitoi this month is Te Kahu o Te Amorangi Kahungunu Kapa Ngakau, a huge kapa haka festival, brought to you by Ngāti Kahungunu. This event sees the district’s best kapa haka teams, of all ages, take to the Opera House stage between midday and 7pm on Saturday, August 14.

Kahungunu Kapa Ngakau is one of the only chances to see our region’s top kapa haka teams who compete in three different national events - Te Matatini, Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa (secondary schools) and Te Mana Kura Tuatahi (primary schools) all performing in one show. Performance times are on Toitoi’s website, so you are free to just come for a portion of the day. Entry is by koha.

Then on August 16 and 17, we are thrilled to welcome back Footnote New Zealand Dance company with their new show – Dance, Danced, Dancing. This unique show is designed to pull the curtains back on the delightful oddities of creating live dance. It brims with punk-like energy, beautiful urgency and takes great pleasure and care in the improvisational possibilities of one single performance. Reviewers described this show as “a provocative, energetic delight", so be sure to catch it. Tickets start at $25, for 7.30pm shows on both evenings.

And on Wednesday, August 25, the Toitoi Opera House will fill again for The Kids Sing Choir Festival. This Festival is an opportunity for primary and intermediate school choirs and their conductors to perform in a supportive environment with constructive feedback.

The event is growing annually, as more and more primary school conductors realise that better musical outcomes can be achieved through the teaching and nurturing of basic choral techniques. There are two evening shows, with tickets on sale now.

We’re also looking forward to the iconic Edible Fashion Awards at Toitoi on Friday, September 3. Tickets for this beloved event are on sale now, so get in quick if you want to come along, as they tend to sell fast!

For more information about any of these shows or to purchase tickets, go to or the Toitoi Box Office on the corner of Eastbourne and Hastings Sts. The Box Office is open from 10am till 4pm on weekdays.

28 July 2021

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