There’s plenty on during these winter weeks and months. Here are my BayBuzz picks for the coming week:

MTG Re-opens

From Saturday, July 24th, MTG Hawke’s Bay will be open to the public again! We’ve missed it – what’s it been – six months since it closed the doors due to issues with the sprinkler system? Anyway, onwards. Opening weekend will feature loads to see and do and listen to, including Project Prima Volta, Bay Batucada, Octavius Choir and Born to Move Deco Dancers, The Hits crew, plus a food truck.

The weekend also brings the opening of two new exhibitions. The new taonga Māori exhibition to explore, Kuru Taonga: voices of Kahungunu explores the stories of Ngāti Kahungunu using the museum’s collections. For Home and Country celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women’s Institutes in New Zealand, and the role of Anna Elizabeth Jerome Spencer, known as Bessie, who started the first institute up the road in Rissington.

Italian Film Festival

Here in the Bay we get two bites of the Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival apple, with it showing at both the Globe Theatrette in Ahuriri (July 29th to August 5th) and at Event Cinemas in Havelock North (July 30th to August 11th ). The festival is produced by HB’s own Paolo Rotondo and Renee Mark, and is in its sixth year. Check out all the details and the programme of gorgeous Italian films – a mixture of contemporary and classic – here.

Sin City at the Cabana

Country soul duo Sin City take the Cabana stage on Thursday, July 29th as part of their Live and Dangerous tour. They’ll be supported by talented local singer-songwriter Finn Roberts. Details here.

The Cocktail Party 2021

You’ll have to be speedy to grab tickets if you haven’t already booked for one of Hawke’s Bay’s iconic fundraising events. Hastings Karamu Rotary has been organising The Cocktail Party for 28 years and these days funds raised go to support the work of the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust. Friday, 30 July. Book tickets here.

See you out there. And keep an eye on our full events listing here.

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