• Botanic Beats returns

Botanic Beats returns

Napier's annual Botanic Beats is set to return for a community "starved of opportunities to get together".

This year's event, to be held on Thursday (January 13) from 6pm to 8pm in the Napier Botanical Gardens, will feature Michael Stodart and Project Prima Volta.

Kevin Murphy, Events Manager at Napier City Council, says it’s great to be able to offer events again for a community starved of opportunities to get together.

“We have the talent here, we have the beautiful settings, we have community keen to get out and enjoy events, it’s great to be able to bring that all together this summer."

He says it is the perfect family-friendly summer event. 

“Bring the kids, meet up with mates, listen to great local talent, relax your way into 2022."

Stodart is an internationally seasoned, multi-talented musician and singer/songwriter who, after 25 years based in London performing, writing and recording, returned to New Zealand and settled in Hawke’s Bay. He is infamous as an Elton John impersonator and fronts "The Elton John Experience".

While Project Prima Volta is an incubator of singing talent and is the youth branch of Festival Opera that will this February stage The Magic Flute in Napier’s Municipal Theatre.

As Hawke’s Bay is in Orange in the Covid-19 ‘traffic light’ framework, vaccine passports will be checked on entry. Botanic Beats is a free event put on by the Napier City Council.