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We're on the countdown to BNZ Botanic Beats

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Get ready to take a trip to Motown without leaving Napier.

Yes, BNZ Botanic Beats is back, running from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday 9 January at the Napier Botanical Gardens.

Calling themselves "Marvin’s Children", local musicians Cleavelin Cook, Tom Pierard, Winston Pitt, Tim Danes and Caleb Robinson have banded together to perform a tribute to the best of Motown’s musicians, such as Stevie Wonder, the Commodores and Kool and the Gang.

"This is the third time we’ve run BNZ Botanic Beats, and we know from comments from previous years that people enjoy experiencing something a bit different in one of the best natural spots in Napier," says Kevin Murphy, Event Manager, Napier City Council.

Members of Project Prima Volta (PPV), a programme run by renowned opera singer and Festival Opera co-founder Anna Pierard, will also perform a mixture of music, from operas to pop, designed to appeal to a wide range of people, at this free event.

PPV, which means first time in Italian, is a weekly run mentoring programme for young people from all over Hawke’s Bay, with a focus on finding voices and shaping futures through music.

PPV collaborates with Festival Opera for its annual production, held every February during the Art Deco Festival. All PPV members will go on to sing onstage and work behind the scenes in next year’s La Traviata.

Coffee and food will be available for purchase at BNZ Botanic Beats, or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy along with the music.

BNZ Botanic Beats is weather dependent. Please check Napier City Council’s Facebook page for updates.

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