Waikato: Hamilton Gardens Art Festival!

Publish Date
Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 11:21AM

Hamilton Gardens Art Festival is back for 2020!

Check out the awesome lineup below:

THEATRE


Nga Hine

Hine dances the veil between our divinity and our human reality, reclaiming the sacredness of Papatūānuku, Earth Mother, through ceremony, dance, and waiata. The show activates te mana o te wahine, celebrating te whare tangata by weaving together sacred stories and sacred rites.

Genre: Theatre

When: Thu 20 Feb, 7.30pm / Fri 21 Feb, 7.30pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Meteor Theatre


An Iliad

This is a story you may think you know; a grand classic born on the backs of gods and warriors. But this wouldn’t be a New Zealand performance without a little twist.

New Zealand’s own master storyteller, Michael Hurst, gives a towering performance in a passionate and exciting reimagining of Homer’s influential work, written by the genius coupling of Lisa Peterson and Tony award-winning Denis O’Hare. Our poet is joined on stage by rock luminary Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), performing an emotive real-time soundscape live on stage. Riffing off each other, the two create an enthralling modern take on one of the greatest stories ever told.

Genre: Theatre

When: Wed 19 Feb, 7.30pm

Tickets: $45 General Admission / $42 Concession

Where: Clarence St Theatre


Morningstar

Set against the backdrop of Heaven and Eden after its first year of creation, we meet one of the most famous families in history as they reunite. At the dawn of time this devoted family is left wondering, where has their Father gone?

Having created Eden their job now is to keep the family together, but for the two elder brothers it is no easy task. One seeks to maintain the law of tradition, the other craves change. Their conflict so great it divides the Host of Heaven. The split that ensues threatens all that they know, with each sibling forced to take sides. The situation is only heightened by the fact that the two elder brothers are the Archangels Michael the Protector and Lucifer the Light Bearer. Father has to be found, ‘come Hell or high water’ and Lucifer plans to find him.

Genre: Theatre

When: Thu 27 Feb, 6pm / Fri 28 Feb, 6pm / Sat 29 Feb, 6pm

Tickets: $38 General Admission / $35 Concession

Where: Medici Court

 

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

Alive with the energy and rhythm of raw and lyrical performance poetry and oral traditions, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt will challenge your perceptions of culture, life and love. Based on Tusiata Avia’s celebrated and unapologetic poetry, this is a play that explores power, politics, racism, love, sex, abuse and life between cultures. It’s a celebration of island life, the femininity of a Samoan woman and all its wonderful complexities.

When: Sat 22 Feb, 7.30pm / Sun 23 Feb, 7.30pm

Tickets: $45 General Admission / $40 Concession

Where: Meteor Theatre

 

Kingdom Of Katz

Fan-fiction in song and story about the life and times of Jeffrey Katzenberg. A tale for a Disney generation!

Genre: Theatre/Musical

When: Sat 29 Feb, 8pm / Sun 1 Mar, 8pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Meteor Theatre



This Fragile Planet

A journey of hope through the power of regeneration.

Inspired by the delicacy of our ecosystems, our effect on mother earth, and the beauty of art and nature intertwining, This Fragile Planet explores the strength of inter-generational democracy and the power of regeneration across the natural world.

Audiences are guided into this perpetual journey rooted in imagination, wonder, and love, and walk back into the present day with a renewed spirit of empowerment and connection, knowing we are our ancestor’s wildest dreams.

Genre: Dance

When: Sunday 1 Mar, 11am / Sunday 1 Mar, 2pm

Tickets: $47.50 General Admission / $42.00 Concession

Where: Rhododendron Lawn



MUSIC


Fly My Pretties

New Zealand’s favourite live collaborative visual group, Fly My Pretties, perform in the picturesque surrounds of the Hamilton Gardens for the very first time in a special family-friendly performance.

This performance will see a 15 strong cast perform songs from their new studio albums alongside other Fly My Pretties favourites in front of a visual backdrop.

One free ticket for children 12 and under is available per general admission ticket purchased. All children must be accompanied by an adult and may be asked for proof of age.

As this is a licensed event, no alcohol is to be brought on site.

When: Sat, 29 Feb, VIP 6 pm / General 8 pm

Tickets: $195 VIP + General Admission / $62.50 General Admission / $62.50 General Admission with Child (Admits Two) / $8.50 Additional Child (12 Years and Under)

Where: Rhododendron Lawn



Remote

What the Southern Alps might sound like if they decided to buy a sampler and form a choir.

This is the soundtrack to the place we know, packaged up into one spellbinding, cutting-edge feast for the senses.

Genre: Electronic/Contemporary Music

When: Sunday 1 Mar, 7pm

Tickets: $32 General Admission / $29 Concession

Where: Picturesque Garden



Clover On The River

Come along and enjoy the Craic!

Patrick (Irish bazouki and vocals), Tracey (accordian) and Marika (violin) are Clover. Whilst they are only three in number, picking this show to attend will definitely bring good fortune to you.

Very limited tickets; canapés included in ticket price.

Genre: Jazz/Classical Music

When: Sat 22 Feb, 5pm

Tickets: $87.50 General Admission

Where: Ferry Jetty



Collision

Aotearoa’s funk is back! Collision, pioneers of the New Zealand funk scene, are getting back into the groove after 40 years for a special performance in Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders.

Genre: Music

When: Saturday 22 Feb, 8.30pm

Tickets: $32 General Admission / $29 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders

 

Nadia Reid

One of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound songwriters.

She is joined for this special performance in the beautiful landscape of the Hamilton Gardens by her band Sam Taylor, Richard Pickard, Joe McCallum and Anita Clark.

Genre: Music

When: Friday 28 Feb, 7pm

Tickets: $42 General Admission / $39 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders

 
Ship Of Dreams

An extraordinary, out-of-this-world opportunity. You will kick yourself if you miss it.

Join us on the Ship of Dreams as Delaney Davidson, touring force extraordinaire, presents a glimpse into the world of the traveller.

Using his unique and compelling live music as the soundtrack to his own short films, woven in the style of David Lynch, Bella Tar and Murnau, Davidson transports us into a flickering realm of Grimms fairy tales, Expressionist cinema, Brechtian epic theatre, forgotten values and lost stories.

Genre: Music

When: Thursday 27 Feb, 8.30pm

Tickets: $37 General Admission / $34 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders



Tattletale Saints

Perfectly intertwined vocals and masterful musicianship.

Originally from Auckland, 2014 Tui Award winners Tattletale Saints now live in Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee. With the 2020 release of their third full length album, vocalist/guitarist Cy Winstanley and vocalist/bassist Vanessa McGowan celebrate choosing a tough path, and conquering seemingly insurmountable obstacles to chase a dream.

Genre: Music

When: Friday 21 Feb, 8.30pm

Tickets: $32 General Admission / $29 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders



Big Muffin Serious Band

Finely-crafted ukulele-based musical mayhem.

The Big Muffin Serious Band have been creating their finely-crafted ukulele-based musical mayhem for over 36 years.

Genre: Music

When: Saturday 29 Feb, 5pm

Tickets: Free Admission

Where: Surrealist Garden

 

The Rug

Following the nationwide success of State Highway 48 and the local launch of The Quest, Hamilton composer, Chris Williams, is ready to share work in progress on his third musical, The Rug.

The story of The Rug is based on materialism and keeping up with the Joneses, depicting two cavemen families living next door to each other. The music explores percussion techniques to enhance the arrangements and the stories, while told in prehistoric times, are familiar themes around looking over each other’s fences and wanting what others have while forgetting about what’s important.

Genre: Music/Theatre

When: Thu 27 Feb, 7pm

Tickets: $27 General Admission / $24 Concession

Where: Picturesque Garden



Tower Of Song

After a sell out performance at the 2019 festival, the Tower of Song is back with the same line up, some fresh songs along with some of the favourites from the last show.

Local musicians Trevor Faville, Mark Connolly, Derek Shaw and Chris Williams will perform songs from the back catalogues of the grand masters of story-telling – Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen.

A truly collaborative effort resulting in a feast for the eyes and ears.

Genre: Music

When: Sat 22 Feb, 6pm

Tickets: $32 General Admission / $29 Concession

Where: Modernist Garden

  

Waikato Rockers Reunion

Bands from the heydays of The Lady Hamilton, Macy’s and Zaks.

Join us for an evening of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll as Waikato’s top bands and musicians from the days of The Lady Hamilton, Macy’s and Zaks Nitepub reunite on the Rhododendron Lawn.

Genre: Music

When: Fri 28 Feb, 8pm

Tickets: $32 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Rhododendron Lawn



Rusty Symphony

An all-player open event happening on the ‘Sunset Symphony’ stage!

Got an instrument lurking under a bed somewhere? Love making music but have no-one to play with?

Been a long time since you played?

Play one instrument well but still learning a second?

Then this is the event for you! Bring your instrument of choice and join a group of like-minded musicians on the Sunset Symphony stage!

Please note, this event does not contain scary solos! This is not a concert – just an awesome opportunity to make music.

$10 per person to join.

Register now via email to [email protected] and music will be made available to you before the day.



 Grooves In The Garden Retro Market

It’s all about beats, eats and retro treats!

Bring out the family and enjoy your lazy summer Sunday at GITG20. With 75+ stalls from around New Zealand stocking thousands of yesteryears treasures at the giant retro market, it will be a trip through childhood, colour and collectables.

The soundtrack for the day will be provided by an eclectic assortment of vinyl DJs playing old school tunes across 2 stages, plus a range of delectable food trucks and plenty of entertainment will be on offer.

$5 market entry and under 12 free.

Genre: Music / Market / Children

When: Sunday 1 Mar, 10am – 4pm

Tickets: Free Admission $5 Market Entry (Under 12 free)

Where: Grassroots Festival Hub / Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders




COMEDY


Chick’n A Box

Who’s on everybody’s lips? Phoebe Chicken and Piggly Chips!

Phoebe Chicken and Piggly Chips are the beloved mascots of the family friendly Chick’n a Box fast food chain. In malls across the country, these happy animals dance and sing about kindness to all living things. But for the exhausted performers backstage, it’s not all free-range farms and happy chickens.

When: Friday 28 Feb, 6pm / Sunday 1 Mar, 6pm

Tickets: $38 General Admission / $35 Concession

Where: Meteor Theatre




Kura Shoulda Woulda

Hilarious tales of love, loss, whanau dynamics, Sonny Bill Williams and surgeries.

After two sell out seasons in the 2019 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Kura Forrester is thrilled to bring her award-winning show Kura Shoulda Woulda to Hamilton for the first time.

Inspired by her recent history, Kura lovingly reflects on her life so far and unveils hilarious tales of love, loss, whanau dynamics, Sonny Bill Williams and surgeries. Sharing her contagious spirit for life, she unpacks her failures and triumphs, and also plays eccentric, relatable characters throughout the hilarious, clever and fast paced show.

Genre: Comedy / Theatre

When: Saturday 22 Feb, 6.30pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders

 
 

2020 Vision

Michele A’Court

She’s making sense of it all by realising it doesn’t make sense.

Plenty of things have happened since Michele A’Court’s Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter – personally, professionally, and bloody globally.

Now she’s returning to the Hamilton Gardens with another solo hit show, perfectly positioned to comment on and find humour in the changes having experienced them first hand.

When: Wednesday 19 February, 6 pm.

Tickets: $30 General Admission/$27 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders




Old, Bold & Going Nowhere

K-M Adams

A show about getting older and refusing to do it quietly.

Come and experience this one-woman show written by and starring well-known Hamilton personality K-M Adams, as she explores the dangers of being too nice, growing up in radio and her failed theatre career.

Genre: Comedy / Theatre / Music

When: Thursday 27 Feb, 7.30pm / Friday 28 Feb, 7.30pm / Saturday 29 Feb, 6pm

Tickets: $23 General Admission / $20 Concession

Where: Meteor Theatre


 

Two Hearts: Hamilton World Tour

Laura Daniel & Joesph Moore

Distractingly catchy original music, wildly funny lyrics and, frankly, too much confetti.

After dazzling New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, Laura Daniel (Funny Girls, Jono & Ben, 7 Days, Dancing With The Stars) and Joseph Moore (all those shows apart from Dancing With The Stars) bring their bombastic pop-comedy-duo to Hamilton for the very first time.

Genre: Comedy / Music

When: Thursday 20 Feb, 6pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders



 
One Night Only

The Fan Brigade

Not for the faint hearted and definitely NSFW, the Fan Brigade are engaging, highly entertaining, multi-award-winning, and most of all, devastatingly funny.

The Fan Brigade are not only New Zealand’s most exciting musical comedy duo right now – they are also smug enough to do a ‘Best Of’ show, in the best of Hamilton’s attractions.

Genre: Comedy

When: Friday 21 Feb, 6.30pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission / $27 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders





CHILDRENS


K-pop Dance Party

Satellites

An electric night of neon-flavoured K-Pop hits!

She’s danced with Beyoncé and Justin Bieber, and choreographed for top K-pop acts — and now international sensation Rina Chae is bringing her crew to Hamilton for an all-ages dance party.

Genre: Dance / Music / Experience

When: Friday 21 Feb, 7pm

Tickets: $10 General Admission

Where: Rhododendron Lawn




Level Up

A captivating, interactive family experience!

You are invited to take part in the premiere of the latest in Augmented Reality* experiences: Level Up! A truly immersive adventure, embark on a journey that’ll take you throughout the multiverse!

But be warned; we’re still working out some of the bugs, so not everything is going to work like it’s supposed to…

Experience the gardens like you never have before, as this lively, interactive show roams through different spaces, times, and situations. Imagine a computer game without a computer, augmented reality without the reality. The perfect show for a family festival experience, this will delight all ages.

Please note this show includes walking between different gardens.

*May or may not include augmented reality.

Genre: Family / Theatre

When: Wed 19 Feb, 6pm / Thu 20 Feb, 6pm / Fri 21 Feb, 6pm / Sat 22 Feb, 6pm / Sun 23 Feb, 6pm

Tickets: $11 General Admission / $7.50 Concession

Where: Enclosed Gardens. Meet at the Piazza


 

Picnic With The Funky Monkeys

New Zealand’s very own children’s musical super-group

Come and join New Zealand’s very own children’s musical super-group for a picnic on the Rhododendron Lawn. Bring your teddies, pick up some food from our food trucks, and join the Funky Monkeys for a morning of fun.

Genre: Children/Family

When: Sun 23 Feb, 1.30pm

Tickets: By Donation

Where: Rhododendron Lawn




Sofija’s Garden

A cheeky, playful tale of discovery, adventure and growth celebrating NZ Croatian heritage.

Enter a magical garden where Baba Sofija is waiting to tell her grandchildren a story – with their help, of course! Fiesty Kosjenka yearns to travel far away from her home, so she rides on the back of the wind and befriends the shy giant Reygoch.

Suitable for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups, this special show is performed in English, Croatian and Te Reo Māori.

Genre: Children/Family

When: Sat 29 Feb, 10am / Sat 29 Feb, 1.30pm / Sun 1 Mar, 10am / Sun 1 Mar, 1.30pm

Tickets: $16 General Admission / $13 Concession

Where: Medici Court




The Three Brothers

The Sixpence Players

An enchantment, a quest, and three potential heroes…

Brothers Sebastian, Tom and Fredrick have left their home to seek their fortunes, like many heroes before them. On their travels they stumble upon the city of Hamilton, where the people have fallen under a sleeping enchantment. Determined to find a cure, the brothers set off for the mysterious Urewera, unaware of all that lies before them.

Genre: Children

When: Sat 22 Feb, 11am / Sat 22 Feb, 2pm / Sun 23 Feb, 2pm

Tickets: $16 General Admission /$13 Concession

Where: Medici Court




Turn On The Light

Little Dog Barking Theatre

Don’t be afraid! There’s a magical and imaginative journey waiting for you when the lights go out.

Genre: Children/Family

When: Sat 22 Feb, 10am & 12pm / Sun 23 Feb, 10am / Sun 23 Feb, 12pm

Tickets: $16 General Admission / $13 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders





DANCE


Pulp

The Dust Palace

On the eve of (mis)adventure.

Join the revelry as old as the world, the party that began at the beginning of time.

Genre: Cabaret / Dance

When: Saturday 29 Feb, 8pm

Tickets: $42 General Admission / $39 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders




Enough

Moving Parts New Zealand

A young man finds hope through the support of his family and friends whilst struggling with the turmoil of depression.

Content warning: depression and mental health

Enough is a unique insight into one person’s experience with depression, which is an experience shared by so many here in Aotearoa.

Genre: Dance

When: Thursday 20 Feb, 8pm / Friday 21 Feb, 8pm

Tickets: $27 General Admission / $24 Concession

Where: Riverside Terrace  




Three Little Words

Hannah McFarlane

A re-imagining of falling in love for the first time.

This stunning show re-imagines what its like to fall in love for the first time. When our heroine unexpectedly falls victim to love’s powerful spell, we are taken on her heart’s journey of what is and could be… with a twist.




The Cat’s Meow

The Rock N Roll Circus

Get a tipsy taste of delectable dames and saucy sirens at The Cat’s Meow Burlesque & Cabaret Show.

The award-winning Rock n Roll Circus is coming! With 7 years of highly successful shows in the North Island, it’s now time for you to get a tipsy taste of delectable dames and saucy sirens at The Cat’s Meow burlesque and cabaret show.

Genre: Cabaret / Dance

When: Friday 28 Feb, 9.30pm

Tickets: $27 General Admission / $24 Concession

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scintillating Wonders




EXPERIENCE


The Hollywood Hills Mystery

Apocalypse Lounge Room Break

Somebody wanted him dead. But who? And why?

Max Worthington’s latest film premiere was a hit. His neighbours thought they heard a cork popping around midnight. Something was getting popped alright. But it wasn’t champagne. He’d hired me to find out who was sending him threatening letters. Instead I found his body by the pool of his Hollywood mansion. I had plenty of suspects and no leads. That’s where you come in.

Grab your team and help me to unravel this sordid fiasco.

Apocalypse Lounge Room Break returns with a new mystery game for 2020. Can your group of 4-6 sleuths crack the case in an hour?

Genre: Experience

When: Wednesday 19 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Thursday 20 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Friday 21 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Sunday 23 Feb, 1, 3, 5 & 7pm / Wednesday 26 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Thursday 27 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Friday 28 Feb, 6 & 8pm / Saturday 29 Feb, 1, 3, 5 & 7pm

Tickets: $152.50 General Admission (Team of 4-6) / $132.50 Concession (Team of 4-6)

Where: Meet at the Piazza. Journey through the Enclosed Gardens.



 

The Reality Of Imagination

Dr Mesmer’s Private Army

A surreal abstract live multimedia experience for all ages.

The Reality of Imagination is a live multimedia experience presented by Dr. Mesmer’s Private Army. Live music is paired with live projection art which is created in a unique response to the newly opened Surrealist Garden.

The performers will present abstract fantasy of music and image that comes to life as the world gets dark. Come along to have a transcendental experience in exploring the relationship between imagination and reality.

Genre: Music/Multi-Media

When: Thu 20 Feb, 8.30pm

Tickets: $27 General Admission / $24 Concession

Where: Surrealist Garden



 

Waikato Business Summit

CAANZ, PKF, XERO, ANZ, Crombie Lockwood & Tax Traders

2020 Theme: Business & Community: Purpose Beyond Profit.

Join us for the annual 2020 Waikato Business Summit at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

We are excited by building conversations on purpose that is providing a platform for business and communities to collaborate and support each other to create a flourishing, stable and profitable society.

We have crafted a day full of knowledgeable and inspiring speakers who will explore the interdependencies between business and communities.  It will highlight their vision and collaborative partnerships that are creating purpose beyond profit, how they do it, why they do it and how other like-minded business-people can get involved.

Genre: Business

When: Wednesday 26 Feb / Morning: 8 – 1pm / Afternoon: 1 – 6pm

Tickets: Morning Session: $180.00 / Afternoon Session: $150.00 / Full Day:  $330.00

Where: Harkness Henry’s Emporium of Scint



For more information, head over to the Hamilton Gardens Art Festival website!