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Get ready to Laugh Your Mask Off this month

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It’s been a long year. A long few years, actually, come to think of it. We don’t know about you, but we all feel like we need of a bit of a laugh, which is why Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre has got together with their friends at Common Room, Spaceship and the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival to bring you a whole weekend of deep belly laughs at this month.

Laugh Your Mask Off will take place over four days, from July 28-31, across four venues in the city. Tickets to all 19 shows in the festival will be just $25 each (plus fees).

Toitoi Kaiwhakahaere Ratonga Whakaari - Presenter Services Manager Glen Pickering says he’s wanted to create an annual weekend of comedy for Hastings since he started at Toitoi, back in 2019.

“But bloody Covid kept getting in the way! Toitoi has a long history of great comedy shows in our Opera House, Hastings audiences really love a good laugh, so it makes sense to create a regular home for comedy right here in the heart of Heretaunga,” he says.

“We wanted this weekend of comedy, called Laugh Your Mask Off, to go further than just what we can offer here at Toitoi. We have two beautiful venues we’re using, in the Opera House and the Assembly Ballroom, but we wanted to extend the event into the CBD and support our local hospitality businesses – which is why you’ll see acts at Common Room and Spaceship, and be able to enjoy specials at the bars and restaurants.”

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1 July 2022

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