Tremains Art Deco Weekend, in association with Gemco, 18th - 22nd February, 2015
Tremain Real Estate is the principal sponsor of Napier’s most iconic event, the Tremains Art Deco Weekend. The Hawke’s Bay landscape boasts one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world. Art Deco has shaped our community and it is a privilege to support the event that celebrates it.
More than that, the Tremains Art Deco Weekend brings national and international visitors to our region. It showcases not only our architecture and history but also our culture, food, wines and hospitality. The boost to the local economy is huge with 30,000 visitors enjoying Napier at its best for five fun-filled and sun-filled days.
Tremains Art Deco Weekend is an event like no other. It is well-loved by our community. We get behind it, we participate and we all celebrate this wonderful region we get to call home.
Tremains Art Deco Weekend officially kicks off on Tuesday 17th at 9am this year. Join local Iwi, the Art Deco Trust, Napier City Council and Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust for a Powhiri at Napier’s Inner Harbour to open the festivities. The Powhiri will feature Te Matau a Maui being welcomed into the Marina by local kaumatua and kappa haka groups.
The Vintage Car Parade starts on Saturday 21st at 12.30pm. This free to view event will see the cars crawl from Clive Square to Marine Parade via Lower Emerson Street and Upper Emerson Street, finishing at the Hawke’s Bay Toyota Sound Shell Show and Shine where the participants will flaunt their cars and costumes. This year’s parade will be led by an awesome collection of Auburns, Cords and Dusenbergs. Our lead car is the Duesenberg Model J, a car that once belonged to the highest paid actress of the 1930s, Carole Lombard, wife of Clark Gable.
Another highlight of the weekend is the Soap Box Derby. Come and watch home-made carts whizz down Tennyson Street at 10.30am on Sunday, even enter one if you are game- Grab your entry forms from the Art Deco Trust or online. Make sure you stick around until 11.30am when the sponsors go head to head in their DIY creations.
Everybody’s favourite weekend event returns this year- The Gatsby Picnic. This is a free event and will be held at 1pm on Sunday on the lawn next to the Tom Parker Fountain. Join the crowd of dapper gents and elegantly dressed ladies to listen to jazz bands and sip on Earl Grey or Bubbly. Don’t forget to bring along your finest tea setting and have it all on display at your picnic site by 1.30pm when the Dilmah judges will choose the best tea setting and award a wonderful Dilmah prize.
Throughout the weekend, Tremains will once again be holding a stand on Emerson Street, outside Starbucks, where we will be giving out water and programmes.
The Tremains Art Deco Weekend is a stunning celebration of the beautiful buildings, the era, the courageous rebirth of the city, and most importantly the spirit of the people who worked so tirelessly in its reconstruction.
Make sure you join us on a weekend where we will remember and rejoice Art Deco fashion, music, vintage cars, planes, steam trains, dance and charm.