The Annual Art Deco Weekend Napier is a must for all Art Deco fans. I've just been to the 2016 weekend so I'm sharing lots of wonderful photos and videos on the following pages.
Napier in New Zealand is the world's most complete Art Deco town and celebrates its heritage every year with a spectacular programme of events, fairs, dinners, dancing and vintage car rallies.
If you're an Art Deco fan like me, imagine a place where every building was built in the 1930s, vintage cars and buses adorn the streets and the shops and cafes are all Art Deco inspired.
It is just like stepping back in time.
On top of that, every year, at the Art Deco weekend, you can step back in time, wear the fabulous fashions of the day, dance to the music of the jazz age, go on picnics, and have a ball!
The dates for the next few years are:
Book early as people book their hotels for the next year as soon as the Festival ends.
fun activities include dinners and dances where you dress up in 1920s
and 1930s costumes, bathing belle beauty contests, picnics, steam train
rides, concerts and much more. You need to plan ahead as lots of events
get sold out months in advance.
Everyone gets dressed up at the festival from tiny tots to grandmas. The whole town is like one big fancy dress party for 5 days. If you're in modern dress, you stand out like a sore thumb. Quite an incredible situation.
So successful have these events been, that they've now got a DIY Deco weekend in July too.
Do let me know know if you're going and share your photos on our Facebook page!
Can't make it in February?
The Art Deco Trust in Napier also has a year round programme of guided walks through the most complete Art Deco city in the world.
You can also book a vintage car or bus tour if you prefer to savour the atmosphere of the vintage transport of the twenties and thirties.
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