Hawke's Bay Tourism

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There was three-days of non-stop entertainment at Napier's Soundshell during the five-day 2016 Tremains Art Deco Festival.

Hawke’s Bay’s annual Art Deco celebrations are done and dusted for another year.

After five days, the 2016 Tremains Art Deco Festival came to a close in Napier on Sunday.

Highlights of the final day included the always popular Soap Box Derby on Tennyson St, the final aerobatics demonstrations from the Warbirds Display Team and the Gatsby Picnic on Marine Pde.

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The soap box derby down Napier's Tennyson St on Sunday. See the video here.

On Sunday, Art Deco Trust general manager Sally Jackson said this year’s  festival had attracted “huge, record numbers”, even bigger than the estimated 38,000 crowd  from last year.

“I think we are getting close to 40,000 [people] now, without a doubt. Just every event you go to, the crowds just seem bigger than last year. Friday night was huge. There would have been a good 25,000 in the city on Friday night, without any shadow of a doubt,” she said.

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See our video of the Warbirds Display team here.

This year’s festival was the first for new Art Deco Trust events manager Jonathan Smith. After 150 events and 300 occurrences, Smith was understandably tired but thrilled with the turnout .

“We sold out about 80 per cent of the [ticketed] events which I think is incredible. The buzz has been amazing and everybody’s been saying there’s been a different feel to it, so hopefully that’s because I’ve added a little bit of my flavour to it.

“I think having non-stop entertainment at the Soundshell for the three days and the entertainment stages around the city actually really helped as well. And everything has really gone according to plan, we’ve had no hiccups whatsoever, so it’s been brilliant,” Smith said.

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The Gatsby Picnic on Sunday is a long leisurely affair.

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