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Hastings set to show off its Deco heritage for the annual Art Deco Festival

Womens Restrooms

The 100-year-old Hastings women's restrooms is a Californian Art Deco bungalow - one of many Art Deco buildings in the city.

Hastings is ready to shine and show off its heritage with art, culture, high tea and happy hour all a part of this year’s re-imagined festival.

Hawke's Bay historian Michael Fowler is taking walking tours around the Hastings CBD where deco visitors will learn so much about the city’s Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture.

The result of over 15 years research, Michael’s tours are an amazing insight into Hastings Art Deco heritage.  You’ll also discover the story of how the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake affected the CBD and why there are more Art Deco buildings in Hastings than Napier.

If you’re feeling a bit parched after all the walking, the Not So Common Deco at The Common Room is the perfect place to relax and unwind on Thursday night.  Revellers are encouraged to get their feathers and fedoras on and enjoy the city’s sweetest little bar in Hastings for music and creative cocktail specials.

Festival Director Greg Howie says Hastings plays an important part in the Art Deco Festival and despite a re-imagined festival to meet traffic light setting requirements, Hastings will really swing this Thursday.

“Lucky ticket holders will be enjoying alfresco afternoon delights at the sold out No Rest for the Women High Tea.  The 100-year-old Californian art deco bungalow is home to the Hastings Women’s Restrooms and is the perfect place to step back in time and enjoy the building and it’s surrounds. 

"We’re so thrilled to have the legendary Michael Fowler imparting his historical knowledge as part of the festival. And don’t miss nipping in to The Common Room for some positive vibes and convivial fun! Hastings offers so much for your Art Deco Festival weekend” he says.

Art Deco Trust is committed to maintaining a safe operating environment for all 2022 Art Deco Festival attendees, and takes the health and welfare of the community very seriously.

Following Ministry of Health advice and guidelines with respect to COVID-19 and hosting events, all guests are advised not to attend events if they are feeling unwell, or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or have been advised to isolate as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  They will also be required to scan-in using the COVID-19 tracer app, or the paper sign-in register. Mask wearing is encouraged.

The Napier Art Deco Festival runs from February 16 to 20. To see the full programme of events and to purchase tickets visit www.artdecofestival.co.nz

16 February 2022

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