On the 3rd February 1931, my home town of Napier was destroyed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent fires. It was rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the times and is often referred to now as the “Art Deco Capital of the World.” Every February, Napier hosts an Art Deco weekend to celebrate its heritage, with lots of entertainment and events. Visitors come from all over the world for a weekend of fun and to experience a slice of the Art Deco era, with many people dressing up in Art Deco clothing.
The weather this year was perfect for the celebrations with lots of things going on including a vintage car parade, aerial displays by vintage aircraft, street entertainers, steam train rides, Art Deco walks, concerts, and events such as the Gatsby Picnic, Depression Dinner and costume competitions.
I made this Art Deco page at Jo’s scrapbooking class, perfect for a photo of one of the vintage cars.
Some more photos of the weekend.
Street entertainers—I loved these living statues!
Vintage aircraft performed aerial displays over Napier throughout the weekend.
And, of course, the wonderful Art Deco buildings.