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Hawke's Bay Opera House Fall Events

Kia Ora and welcome...the Hawke's Bay Opera House is offering more fun, music and laughter this month, starting with a unique music festival aimed at celebrating that most under-rated instrument...the ukulele. But don’t let the size of the instrument sway you it’s the notes that count!

Then to mix it up with a bit of dry humour on the 10th November it’s top
Australian comedian Carl Barron. Carl has trod the boards throughout the world and during his first trip to New Zealand, he completely sold out the Council Chambers and was voted 'Best International Show'. This promises to be a hilarious night out...I'd advise you to get your tickets quick as this will be another sell out.

Comedy rules in the house...we had plenty of laughs last weekend with Busting Out and Lady Bunch entertaining us with their excellent shows. It was an overwhelming success, with audiences raving about the shows. If you missed Busting Out, don't worry... the bosom-buddies return next year to give us more bouncy songs, wobbly jokes, & practical demonstrations of the lesser-known uses of your drooping assets.

What's Coming Up

Hawke’s Bay Schools Ukulele Orchestra
Friday 16th October 6.30pm – 8.00pm Plaza – gold coin donation
Schools from around Hawke's Bay performing in the Plaza, joined by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra for a couple of numbers.

Free Workshops with author Mike Dickison
Saturday 17th October 11am & 1pm Plaza
Mike Dickison author of "Kiwi Ukulele: The New Zealand Ukulele Companion"
will be selling his book and offering free workshops in the Plaza
11am - Absolute Beginners Ukulele Workshop
1pm - Intermediate Ukulele Workshop: Learn Some Fancy Strums

‘The World Record for the most Ukuleles’ Played Together’
Saturday 17th October 12pm Plaza
Come on Hawke’s Bay...let's join together to beat the Guinness World record of 851 ukuleles! Bring your Uke' and a smile!

Free Event! Show up on the day before 12 noon and join the fun!
The songs to learn for this record attempt are:
Hoki Mai by Henare Waitoa
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (wimowheh)
Ten Guitars

These song sheets are available to download

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Saturday 17th October 7.30pm

Eleven Ukuleles, a double bass, and a dozen strummers combine to cause a sensation whenever they appear across the land. Renowned for their sing-a-long favourites, stunning dress sense, blazing solos, this group’s homage to music’s proudest and most important instrument is lovingly interpreted in hit songs across the musical generations.


"Nothing Is Impossible"
Saturday 24th October 6.30pm
A selection of multi cultural song and dance presented by the Wesley Samoan Methodist Choir.

Thursday 29th October 6pm
The 2009 Westpac Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
To book go to


Tuesday 3rd November 4pm
A dressy, fun event, raising funds for Project K - Hawkes Bay.
Kup Day 2009 with Darrin McCormack and Mike Pero Mortgages.

CARL BARRON Stand-Up Comedian
Tuesday 10th November 8pm
Comic Genius....Critics rave****

"...the star of the evening is Carl Barron, who has the audience in fits with his resonating observations of common experiences. With a dead-pan expression breaking out into gleaming wickedness, this skinny Gandhi-like comedian turns the tables on the mundane…..” The Scotsman

"A gifted physical comic and monologist"…..The LA Times

Wanted - Ukuleles
Have you got a Ukulele sitting in your cupboard, basement, attic or garage that you don't need? The HB Society for Music in Education are looking for Ukleles to put into schools so that children can start practising for a first time ever Ukulele Festival which is to be held in the HB Opera House in October. Many school children would like to be involved but can not afford the instrument.
If you would like to donate a Ukulele please phone:
Ngaire Shand
876 9388 or 029 876 9388 and we will arrange to collect.


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