Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Opera House birthday

Opera House birthday

Magnificent art celebrating the 100th birthday of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House is about to be installed on the fence outside the Grand Old Lady.

A family-focused celebration with an early 1900s theme and the unveiling of the art will be held on Sunday October 18, the exact day of the first performance 100 years earlier.

Held in the Opera House Plaza and the street from 11am to 2pm, it will feature children’s games from yesteryear, vintage cars, black and white movies, music by The Dixielanders, and a special opera house birthday cake.

The road will be closed for the celebrations which will also allow people to take a close look at the eleven panels spanning the 103 metres of fence.

Works by 10 artists’ each represent a decade of the 100 years, while the 11th artist’s works covers special highlights.

The opera house has been at the heart of Hawke’s Bay’s community since it opened in October 1915.

Over the following 99 years it has hosted an amazingly diverse range of artists, productions and events, from boxing matches and opera, to musicals and galas.

The opera house and Municipal Buildings were closed last year when it was found they were earthquake-prone. A project to investigate options for the future is underway; however in the meantime the building turns 100 years old this month.

Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers said given the place of the Opera House in the district’s history, some way needed to be found to mark the centenary.

“The opera house is treasured by many in our community and this is a fabulous way to celebrate its birthday.

“Despite the current uncertainty around its future direction, 100 years of great performances and memories can’t be allowed to slip by unmarked.”

The artists, all nationally notable and with strong connections to Hawke’s Bay, are: Martin Popplewell, Freeman White, John Eaden, Kate MacKenzie, Mauricio Benega, Cinzah, Fane Flaws, Jo Blogg, Timo Rannali, Desna Whaanga-Schollum and Adrian Thornton.

“They are fantastic art works that bring alive some of the special performances and activities that have taken place at the Opera House between 1915 and 2015,” said Ms Bowers.

The work on the fence will be digital copies of the originals.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland