Become a Patron

After successfully navigating the challenges of the last 3 years we were hoping that 2023 would be a year that we could regroup, plan a more sustainable future and of course deliver an ever more exciting programme. 

Nearly three months on, the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle has presented us all with an even bigger challenge for 2023 and beyond. We understand that all of our community have been affected to one degree or another, the loss of lives, homes and businesses has impacted us all, either directly or indirectly, none of us remain untouched and our best wishes go to all of our community as we enter the recovery phase for Hawke’s Bay.

As Patrons you have been with us through ups and downs and your support on all levels has been invaluable. We are determined that we will deliver an uplifting Arts Festival programme in 2023 that we can all be proud of, with a focus on delivering more free and accessible programming to the community and for the first time, a free Schools programme. Over the past couple of months, it has been heartening to watch creatives continue with their practice, and public desire to engage with the arts remains strong. To that end we are confident that our annual Festival is needed and will be valued.

Formed in 2015, our Patrons are a group of generous donors who are committed to supporting the Arts in Hawke’s Bay. They recognise the Festival as a cornerstone of the creative ecosystem in our region and understand that ticket sales only cover a portion of the Festival budget. 

 Festival Patrons provide crucial support, enabling us to deliver a programme that reflects the unique qualities of Hawke’s Bay and celebrates visual and performing arts and artists from across Aotearoa, as well as bringing international productions to our local stages.  We are also committed to removing barriers for all members of our community to attend Festival experiences and Patron donations also support affordable ticket prices and tailored packages for youth and families on low incomes.

As a Patron of this year’s Festival, we look forward to making you feel both acknowledged and included. You will be:

  • Acknowledged in our printed Festival programme, on the website and signage at Festival venues.
  • Invited as our guest to the official Festival programme launch in August and to the opening night production on 13 October.
  • Provided with a priority booking period ahead of tickets going on sale to the public.
  • Included in events especially for Patrons.

 Gold Patrons and above are provided with preferred seating reserved at all Festival venues, a dedicated personalised booking service and the opportunity for an Artist Meet and Greet during the Festival (subject to availability). At the Pounamu level or above, you have the option to direct your funds to a specific area or project.

 All donations are tax-deductible and a formal receipt will be issued on receipt of payment.

For Gold Patrons and Above:

Preferred seating reserved at all Festival venues
A dedicated personalised booking service
Invitation to selected behind the scenes events
Artist Meet and Greet during the Festival (subject to availability) 

At the Pounamu $10,000 level or above, you have the option to direct your funds to a specific area or project you feel passionate about.

For all Patrons you will receive: 

Receive two invitations to the programme launch
Enjoy a priority booking period for ticket purchases
Be acknowledged on the Festival website, in the programme and on the sponsor board
Receive two invitations to Festival functions
Receive regular newsletters updating you on the Festival progress
Priority notification and booking to off-year touring performances

This donation is for the year up to 31 December 2023

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