April 2020 competitions CANCELLED


Covid-19 Update

It is with great regret we confirm that due to the current coronavirus pandemic our 2020 Hawke’s Bay Easter Festival will be cancelled.  


As our Festival takes place over five days there is no option to reschedule therefore the decision has been made to cancel rather than postpone. 


A number of factors have contributed to our heart wrenching decision.  These include the presence of grandparents and senior members of our society, the unavailability of our overseas Instrumental Adjudicator, and door sales not allowing us to track audience members should someone test positive.  This year with 200+ competitors and just as many supporters and audience members we are very close to the mass gathering cancellation limit of 500 currently set by the government.   

Most of all however we are concerned with the wellbeing and welfare of all competitors, supporters, helpers and audience members.  

We appreciate everyone has worked very hard in preparation for these competitions and this decision to cancel, the first time in our 112 year history, is not taken lightly.  

We have decided to make this call early to provide certainty.  

Full refunds will be provided.  Please bear with us as we work through the process of contacting you all for refund details. 

Thank you to all students, teachers, accompanists, families and committee members for all your support.

Take care and look after each other. 


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Established in 1908 by a group of prominent Hawke’s Bay citizens the Society aims to foster and promote all aspects of the Performing Arts.  Our annual competitions festival is held at Easter every year.


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