International Tourists Return To Napier For Winter Art Deco Festival
Tickets to Napier’s annual Winter Deco festival have sold exceptionally well, attracting buyers from as far away as Australia and the United States.
The Spirit of
Hawke’s Bay Parade will be led by a truly remarkable
vehicle: a 1922 Fordson Model F Tractor that played a vital
role in the aftermath of the devastating 1931 earthquake by
transporting sailors and essential supplies throughout
Napier. Pictured is the iconic 1931 photo of the tractor
transporting Navy personnel down Shakespeare Road. This
scene was recreated by the Navy in
Barbara Arnott, Chair of
the Art Deco Trust, expresses her excitement for this
year’s event, “We are confident that this Winter Deco
will bring a much-needed boost to the local economy while
“The cancellation of the Art Deco Festival in February due to Cyclone Gabrielle came as a blow to many local businesses who were hoping for a return to some sort of normalcy post-Covid. The summer event has significant social and economic benefits for Hawke’s Bay, injecting millions of dollars into the region.
“So this year’s Winter Deco festival holds
special meaning as we reactivate some of those summer events
that were cancelled and show our support for communities
affected by Cyclone Gabrielle through fundraising
The Winter Deco programme includes the Spirit of Hawke’s Bay Parade, vintage games, classic 1930s entertainment, and a gold coin sausage sizzle to support the Cyclone relief fund.
And while the event does not officially start until this Friday, visitors were making their presence felt about the Napier CBD. An enthusiastic group of festival goers from Auckland was making their way to Maidens and Fosters Auction house in search of porcelain and other collectables. “I love shopping in Napier, it’s such a pleasure being able to walk everywhere, although I might need a hand to get my haul back to the hotel” said one tweed-clad tourist.
Winter Deco in Hawke’s Bay offers both
locals and visitors the chance to experience the region’s
unique charm, renowned for its stunning Art Deco
architecture, picturesque landscapes, wineries, and warm
hospitality. The festival not only highlights the region’s
cultural heritage but also supports local businesses,
artists, and performers, further contributing to the
community’s growth and
Jeremy Smith, General
Manager at the Art Deco Trust, is pleased with the programme
of events, stating, “We have curated a fabulous lineup of
free public activities for Winter Deco 2023. From the Spirit
of Hawke’s Bay Parade to the Soundshell Shindig, there is
something for everyone to
The Soundshell Shindig, inspired by the New Napier Carnival of 1933, is a new event for 2023 that will transform the Soundshell into a nostalgic hub of games, food, and live entertainment, including the annual Winter Deco Fashion Flaunt.
“The Shindig will follow the Spirit of Hawke’s Bay Parade, which pays tribute to the bravery of our region in the aftermath of the recent disaster. Vintage cars, modern service vehicles, first responders, defence force personnel, and volunteers will make their way through the CBD, and we extend an open invitation to anyone who contributed to the relief efforts to join the procession,” says Jeremy.
For the full program of events, please visit www.artdecofestival.co.nz
highly anticipated Winter Deco festival is set to take place
this weekend, from July