The Hawke’s Bay Opera House Arts & Events Precinct has an unprecedented opportunity to reopen as a leading arts, conferencing, events and entertainment venue that meets the needs, goals and aspirations of the 21st century user. It fits within an international movement towards a new generation of venues that take active roles in arts and culture, and in the communities they serve.
As an events and conferencing centre the Precinct can offer a unique visitor experience. Architecturally, it brings together heritage value and contemporary design; it encompasses flexible and adaptable spaces for a variety of uses. Its central position in the city places it as a landmark for locals and visitors and a vital component of the revitalisation of the central business district.
It has the potential to be a vibrant and dynamic hub with programming that reflects and inspires our community. It can incorporate pathways for youth to enter education, training and employment in events, the arts and hospitality. It can showcase Ngati Kahungunu, Takitimu Performing Arts, Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre and the wealth of performing arts training programmes based in Hawke’s Bay. The Hawke’s Bay Opera House Precinct is on track to be a facility that locals and visitors, businesses and promoters will be proud to be part of.
As a selling proposition the Precinct is desirable and unique in the marketplace, a variety of versatile spaces that can be configured to fit a range of events with an historic lyric Opera House at its centre. Also, it is within easy walking distance to boutique shopping and dining experiences and a five minute drive from Havelock North Village, which offers retail, hospitality and accommodation.
Read more in our Hawke’s Bay Opera House – Strategic Plan 2019-2021