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White Light

White Light

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  • Sat 23 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 24 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Mon 25 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 26 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 27 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 28 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 29 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 30 Sep ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 1 Oct ’17, 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Mon 2 Oct ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 3 Oct ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 4 Oct ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 5 Oct ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, 16 Byron Street, Napier


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

We invite you to take part in an interactive art installation that celebrates the journeys of our ancestors and ourselves, as we take our place beside the sea. Take a moment to contemplate your whakapapa, and your connection to the land and the sea.

Make a paper waka to add to the floor flotilla and light it up with a tealight for a small koha (donation). Enjoy the experience of walking amongst the ghostly flotilla and viewing the ‘stars’ above.

It doesn’t take much to work out that we live in a great place. Hawkes Bay is rich in many attributes, not the least of which is sunshine. This alone has attracted many people to make this region their home.

But how did we all come to live here?
How did we arrive, and from where?

The ocean has played an active part in the history of the settlement of our region. Guided by the white light of the constellations in the night sky, from the first waka to land on the shoreline, to the sailing ships of the European settlers, the land became inhabited from the coastline inwards.

Immediately after the devastating earthquake of 1931, it was the crew of the HMS Veronica that came ashore to assist, and later evacuees were taken away by boat. The legend of Pania of the Reef defines the Bay. Nowadays the port is still very often the gateway to the region, bringing cruise liners full of visitors to experience Hawke’s Bay and beyond.

‘White Light’ is an art installation designed and installed at CAN by Hawkes Bay artist Lisa Feyen, commissioned by Creative Arts Napier as part of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival 2017.

For more information on the Arts Festival please visit www.hbaf.co.nz.

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