In pictures: Hastings opens opera and other art installations for free family event

Milly Dunlop and Shenie Savage of the Sophie Jean dance company performing at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Center. Photo / Paul Taylor

Three council-owned arts and culture facilities have held free community events to welcome residents to Hastings after Covid-19.

In an attempt to reconnect locals with each other and the CBD through arts and culture, the Hastings Library, Hastings City Art Gallery and the Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Center hosted Titiro Mai – a free community day on Saturday.

Singing, dancing, storytelling and applying make-up were just some of the activities featured at the three facilities.

Hawke’s Bay Today photographer Paul Taylor was there to capture it all.

Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Center Hastings Library and Hastings City Art Gallery hosted Titiro Mai - a free community day on Saturday.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Center Hastings Library and Hastings City Art Gallery hosted Titiro Mai – a free community day on Saturday. Photo / Paul Taylor

Justine Walker, of Havelock North, taking advantage of community events to welcome residents to Hastings after Covid-19.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Justine Walker, of Havelock North, taking advantage of community events to welcome residents to Hastings after Covid-19. Photo / Paul Taylor

Ali Beale at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Center - one of three community events on Saturday.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Ali Beale at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Center – one of three community events on Saturday. Photo / Paul Taylor

Isobelle Walker, from Havelock North, at a community event in Hastings.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Isobelle Walker, from Havelock North, at a community event in Hastings. Photo / Paul Taylor

Residents gathered at three arts and culture facilities owned by the council.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Residents gathered at three arts and culture facilities owned by the council. Photo / Paul Taylor

Jess Burke, from Gisborne, at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Center.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Jess Burke, from Gisborne, at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Center. Photo / Paul Taylor


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