Art Deco Trust

Level 2 updates

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Change to Covid alert levels too late for Art Deco Festival

Some events expected to go ahead regardless

Despite the Government’s announcement this afternoon that Covid restrictions in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand will drop to Level 2 and Level 1 respectively at midnight, the Art Deco Festival remains cancelled.

Chair of the Art Deco Trust, Barbara Arnott said yesterday’s decision to cancel the Festival hasn’t changed, and the Trust stands by making the decision ahead of Government’s announcement on Covid alert level restrictions today.

“We know people will be asking why we couldn’t have waited till the Prime Minister’s announcement late this afternoon. But the reality is that the Festival  involves hundreds of events and event venues, with tens of thousands of festivalgoers over five days. A festival of this scale requires massive logistics and set up in the days prior. Level 2 restrictions had already forced us to cancel the first two days.

What’s more, whether or not we were in Level 2 or Level 1 by Thursday, Alert Level 2 conditions were affecting our set-up process and any prospect of trying to run the Festival under prolonged Level 2 meant many events could not have gone ahead.

“We simply didn’t have the luxury of time to wait and see what today’s announcement would bring. Timing was everything, and in this instance, time wasn’t on our side.” explained Mrs Arnott.

“Having said that, we fully appreciate that many Festivalgoers from around New Zealand have already arrived in town and many are still planning to come for the weekend, regardless. What’s more, many of the events that weren’t happening under the umbrella of the Festival will be able to go ahead under Covid Alert Level 1. We want to do everything we can to make sure people know what will be happening, where and when.

“As we collate information from our associated and individual event partners, we will also make sure we update our Festival website https://artdecofestival.co.nz/ with event details.”

“For example, we know Napier City Business Inc is encouraging retailers to continue to embrace the Art Deco theme over the weekend. This morning the best dressed Art Deco retail window was judged, from 25 impressive contenders.” said Barbara Arnott.

The Trust’s own Art Deco Walking & Vintage Car Tours continue to take bookings and operate safely under Covid Alert Level 1 conditions. People can book at https://www.artdeconapier.com/walksandtours.html

“We encourage people to keep a close eye on our website for updates on events that are still happening, and we encourage events and venues that are going ahead to make sure they let us know so we can help promote them. Event organisers can contact us at events@artdeconapier.com.

“As we said yesterday, having to cancel the Festival is incredibly disappointing, especially after all the thousands of hours of planning and effort by so many people; and knowing that tens of thousands of people were looking forward to the party.”

“I’m confident there will still be a festive atmosphere over the weekend. Afterall, Art Deco is, in itself, a symbol of Napier and Hawke’s Bay’s resilience and tenacity.”

All Art Deco Festival tickets will be refunded and ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Festival’s booking agents Ticketek or iTicket with details of the refund process.

For further information:
Maria Gourlie
Communications and Sponsorship Manager
Art Deco Trust
027 4983 408
comms@artdeconapier.com

About the Art Deco Trust
Napier’s unique heritage is passionately protected under the careful governance of the Art Deco Trust. The Trust drives Napier’s art deco preservation movement, providing leadership, networking, co-ordination, advocacy and promotion.

The Trust is responsible for Napier’s iconic summer and winter Art Deco Festivals attracting thousands of visitors to the city each year and runs guided walks and tours of Napier’s art deco CBD, vintage car tours and the art deco retail shop on the corner of Tennyson and Herschell Streets.

The Trust also has an important role in preserving and protecting Napier’s art deco buildings.

The Trust is funded through public membership, corporate sponsorship, community grants and local government funding support; as well as revenue earned from its walks and tours business and the art deco festivals.

5pm Tuesday 16th February 2021

Art Deco Festival Cancelled
Uncertainty over ongoing Covid Alert Levels forces decision

The Art Deco Trust has announced that, effective immediately, the Art Deco Festival is cancelled, and all event tickets will be fully refunded.
Chair of the Art Deco Trust, Barbara Arnott says Government has given no indication today that there will be any reduction in Covid Alert Level tomorrow night. However, given the massive logistical efforts required to stage the festival successfully at this stage, the Trust cannot wait another twenty-four hours for tomorrow’s Government decision on whether or not the Alert Levels will be extended beyond midnight Wednesday.

“That is why we had to make the decision today.” said Mrs Arnott.

“We needed to give certainty to the hundreds of entertainers, artists, contractors, event venues and suppliers tonight so that they know where they stand. And for the sake of the thousands of Festivalgoers, many of whom have accommodation and travel plans booked, it was imperative we made our decision today.”

“This has been an incredibly tough decision and we have had to weigh up a huge number of factors and consider several different scenarios in the course of our deliberations. With heavy heart, we believe this is the only possible option, having already been forced to cancel two of the five days of events.”

Barbara Arnott said: “We fully appreciate that many Festivalgoers have already arrived in town and this decision is news they did not want to hear. We know they will be incredibly disappointed. So are we.”

“However, a festival of this scale is incredibly complex to put on and having already lost two of the last three days available to us to pull together all the on-the-ground logistics like staging, lighting and sound, marquees, catering and so forth, we have simply run out of time to delay our decision any longer. We wish we had a crystal ball to know what will happen to Alert Levels from tomorrow night, but we don’t.”

Ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Festival’s booking agents Ticketek or iTicket with details of the ticket refund process.

“Yet again, we are all reminded of the considerable impact the Covid pandemic is having on our community and our country. Overseas, people can only dream of festivals and events. While the decision to cancel the Art Deco Festival has been incredibly challenging for us to make, we certainly appreciate the irony of being in the position of having to make it at all.”

For further information:
Maria Gourlie
Communications and Sponsorship Manager
Art Deco Trust
+ 64 027 4983 408
comms@artdeconapier.com

About the Art Deco Trust

Napier’s unique heritage is passionately protected under the careful governance of the Art Deco Trust. The Trust drives Napier’s art deco preservation movement, providing leadership, networking, co-ordination, advocacy and promotion.

The Trust is responsible for Napier’s iconic summer and winter Art Deco Festivals attracting thousands of visitors to the city each year and runs guided walks and tours of Napier’s art deco CBD, vintage car tours and the art deco retail shop on the corner of Tennyson and Herschell Streets.

The Trust also has an important role in preserving and protecting Napier’s art deco buildings.

The Trust is funded through public membership, corporate sponsorship, community grants and local government funding support; as well as revenue earned from its walks and tours business and the art deco festivals.

Covid Level 2 Alert

9am, TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2021

Since Government announced three days of Covid Level 3 restrictions for Auckland and Level 2 restrictions for the rest of New Zealand, we have been assessing whether or not Festival events scheduled from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st February can and should go ahead, and when we must make that decision.

We want to update you on how and when we are making those decisions.

There are a number of practical issues we need to consider:

  1. First and foremost, we are absolutely committed to the health and safety of everyone involved in the Festival, from artists and performer to venue operators and, of course, Festival-goers and the wider community.
  2. While the majority of people attending the Festival are Hawke’s Bay locals, many thousands of people make the journey from outside the region, some from afar. We are mindful it takes visitors time and cost to get here.
  3. For people from Auckland and Taranaki, the decision whether or not to travel to the Festival is largely outside of their control. However, we appreciate that many want to know whether the Festival will be going ahead in part or at all, once they know what Covid restrictions will be in place beyond midnight Wednesday.
  4. Staging the programme of events, including the associated events that are managed by other organisers under the Festival banner, requires a huge amount of logistics. We need to give event organisers, caterers, venues and suppliers the certainty to go ahead for delivering more than 100 programmed events. This includes everything from catering, putting up marquees, installing sound and lighting, and putting in place everything else required in each event location. Many of the talented people who perform at Festival events need to travel to get here too.

With all of these considerations in mind, we regrettably advise that all events scheduled for Thursday 18th February are cancelled.

These include:

  • Paint the Poster – 9am
  • Par 2 Mini Golf – 9am
  • Art Deco Vintage Car Tours – 9am, 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 5pm
  • Walking Tours of the Art Deco Quarter – 9am & 3.30pm
  • 1930s Escape Room and Self Guided Walk – 9.30am 11am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, 6.30pm
  • Collectors Paradise Tour
  • Deep in the Art of Deco
  • Promenading – A History of the Marine Parade
  • Club Tour & Tea – 10am
  • Junior Gatsby Picnic – 10am
  • Antique & Collectables Fair 10am
  • Hastings City Art Deco Market – 10am
  • Art Deco Homes Tour – 10am
  • Deco Bus Tours 10am, 1.30pm
  • Childrens ‘CAN-do Deco’ Art Exhibition – 10am
  • Port o Call Deco High Tea – 10.30am , 12.30pm, 2.30pm
  • Fashion Retailers Art Deco Walking Tour – 10.30am & 2.00pm
  • Style Speaker Series- 3pm
  • Alice in Wonderland – 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.10pm, 2.50pm, 3.30pm, 4.10pm
  • Fly DC-3 – Low & Slow to Deco – 10.30am
  • Napier City Centre Earthquake Tour – 10.47am
  • At the Pictures – Ninotchka – 1.30pm & 6.00pm
  • Hastings Art Deco & Earthquake Walk – 1.30pm
  • Argentine Tango Class – 2.00pm
  • At the Pictures – Top Hat – 3.50pm & 8.15pm
  • Festival Garden Bar – 4pm
  • Not so Common Deco – 4pm
  • Vintage Rail Car Shuttle – Napier-Hastings Market -Napier – 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
  • Gintrap Deco Sundowner – 5pm
  • Hastings Vintage Car Show & Shine – 5pm
  • Art Deco Fashion Flaunt Hastings – 5.30pm
  • Hakui Hakoro Fashion Parade – 5.30pm
  • Jazz & Bubbles on the Lawn – 6.30pm
  • It’s De-loverly – 6.30pm
  • Prohibition Casino – 7pm
  • Jazz Nights at the Cabana – 7pm
  • Hastings Warbirds Flyover – 7pm
  • Sazio Malevo Dinner – 7pm
  • Stars & Starlets Ball – 7pm
  • Lady Larisa & Band Honeychild – 7.30pm
  • Repertory Players – Threads of Life – 7.30pm
  • Frankestein & Friends – 7.30pm
  • Prohibition Pop-Up – 9.00pm
  • Down Argentine Way – 9.45pm

For events scheduled from Friday to Sunday, we are waiting on the advice from Government at 4pm today, and we will advise by 5pm, whether or not the Festival events scheduled for Friday to Sunday will go ahead.

We know how much it means to all of you and to associated event organisers who have worked so hard in planning for the Festival this year. Like you, we are deeply disappointed that we have had to cancel some events already and may need to cancel the remainder of the Festival.

Whatever our decision on the Friday to Sunday events, it is important you understand we will be making it with the best interests of Festivalgoers, everyone involved in making it happen and our Hawke’s Bay community at heart.

We hope there is clear direction from Government later today. But regardless, we hope you understand why we need to make a final decision today, and that you appreciate the heavy responsibility we feel toward making the right decision for the Festival and for all New Zealand in these Covid times.

Once we have announced our later today, we will advise ticket-holders the process from here.

In the meantime, we appreciate your patience, and ask that you don’t email or phone us with your individual queries. Our small team is working hard to manage the situation we are all in, and we will be in touch with you once we have more information to give you.

Ngā mihi
The Art Deco Festival Team

Covid Level 2 Alert

9am, Monday 15th February 2021

From midnight Sunday 14th February, Government announced three days of Covid Level 3 restrictions for Auckland, and Level 2 restrictions for the rest of New Zealand. 

Level 2 restrictions mean gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited, social distancing of two meters is required and face masks must be worn on public transport. 

Cabinet will be reviewing the situation every day, and there is no guarantee the period of restrictions will not be extended. 

Art Deco Festival events are due to begin on Wednesday 17th and scheduled through to Sunday 21st February. 

Based on Government’s current directive, we regrettably need to cancel all events scheduled for Wednesday 17th February. These include:

  • Par 2 Mini Golf – 9.00am
  • Art Deco Vintage Car Tours – 9.00am, 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 5.00pm
  • Walking Tours of the Art Deco Quarter – 9.00am, 3.30pm
  • 1930s Escape Room and Self-Guided Walk – 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm, 5.00pm, 6.30pm
  • Napier Cultural Hīkoi (Walking) Tour – 10.00am
  • Deco Bus Tours – 10.00am, 1.30pm
  • Port o Call Deco High Tea – 10.30am, 12.30pm
  • Fashion Retailers Art Deco Walking Tour – 10.30am, 2.00pm
  • Napier City Centre Earthquake – 10.47am
  • Whakatuwheretanga Opening Ceremony – 12.00pm
  • 1930’s Waiata and Poi Dance Competition – 1.00pm
  • High Tea & History at the Art Deco Masonic – 2.00pm
  • 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Commemorative Lecture – 5.30pm
  • A Salute to the Services – HB Jazz Club Big Band Concert – 7.30pm

Based on Cabinet’s updates today and tomorrow, we will make decisions about the events for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday once we know the status of Covid restrictions. 

Please watch this website for updates, and do not phone or email us.

We will provide information about ticket refunds as soon as we are able to make decisions about whether or not events can go ahead. 

For those of you who would be travelling from Auckland or Taranaki to the Festival, we expect you will make decisions based on Government’s advice. If the Covid restrictions are extended beyond Wednesday midnight, or you choose not to come to the Festival, we will make arrangements for ticket refunds. Please do not contact us yet, we will advise further information and/or contact you directly over the next 72 hours. 

Please bear with us and be patient. We are doing our very best to make sure the Festival can go ahead, but we are reliant on Government decisions and advice. 

We will issue new updates as soon as information is available, and we have made decisions.

Thanks for your patience,
The Art Deco Festival Team

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