Boredom is not on the menu this weekend in Auckland, with our lovely city delivering up some amazing things to do. Top of our list is Selena Gomez in her first concert in NZ, creative conference Semi Permanent and the interactive art show Blossom.
Te Haerenga o Hoiho | Mangare Arts Centre, Aotea Centre, Bruce Mason Centre
Head along to the Aotea Centre, Bruce Mason Centre or the Mangare Arts Centre this weekend for an adventure performance by Te Rehia Theatre. Filled with friendship and fun, you’ll learn some Te Reo along the way! Following the show, join a fun-filled workshop that will use drama games and activities to take your Te Reo to the next level.
Semi Permanent Auckland 2016 | Aotea Centre
The must attend, global, creative and design thinking platform Semi Permanent is back in Auckland this weekend. Expect thought-provoking discussions, with speakers from Google Creative Labs, Twitter, 72 and Sunny, Graphic Though Facility, Cleo Wade and more. The weekend also includes workshops, networking, parties and panel discussions.
Lennon: Through A Glass Onion | The Civic
Celebrate the life of the legendary Beatle John Lennon with Lennon: Through A Glass Onion. Award-winning Aussie action and singer John Waters, works with Bill Risby to combine the spoken word and music to capture his life. Featuring a variety of Lennon songs, including Woman and Jealous Guy, as well as his collabs with Paul McCartney, this show will take you back to another era and give you insight into the wonderful world of John Lennon.
Fly My Pretties – String Theory | The Mercury Theatre
Fly My Pretties are back in action this weekend with four shows at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre. String theory will see Barnaby Weir take to the stage with 13 Kiwi musicians including Janey Murphy, Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds), Ria Hall, Iraia Whakamoe and Tiki Taane. The family-friendly show will explore human life through music with the help of some breath-taking visuals.
Blossom | Aotea Centre
Blossom is an interactive art installation help at Aotea Square. Inspired by forms and movement of nature, this work is a contemporary take on traditional Chinese floral systems. By using motion sensing, when a viewer moves and gestures in front of a screen, they play a part in the visual symphony. This will be an art installation not to miss.
Thursday 11th August
Supernature Workshop | AUT
The amazing creative behind Blossom, Yeoh Guan Hont will be sharing his expertise at a special workshop this Thursday. He’ll be discussing large scale digital art and giving insights into the ideation, design, development and execution of his studio’s works. If you’re a visual artist, then this workshop is for you.
Friday 12th August
Dine, Drink & Stay on Princes Wharf | Princes Wharf
Join MKR judge and Nourish Group Executive Chef Gareth Stewart and Euro’s sommelier Benjamin Mardle for a gastronomic tour along Auckland’s Princes Wharf. Kick off with a cocktail or two at the Hilton’s Bellini Bar, before heading upstairs for a tasting selection at Fish. Move on to the Crab Shack for a sample of crab and a glass of wine before going to Culpeper for a bespoke smoked meat board with wine, beer or a cocktail. And you’re still not done! Head to Euro for a delectable dessert and a glass of something sticky before finishing the night at intimate Coley & Punch bar for a nightcap before making your way back to where you started – the Hilton – for the night.
Saturday 13th August
Selena Gomez | Vector Arena
Former Disney darling, Selena Gomez, lands on our shores for the first time ever this weekend. Bringing her Revival Tour, she’ll be joined by DNCE and local artist Thomston. Expect to belt out Selena’s newer songs including ‘Hands To Myself’, ‘Same Old Love’ and ‘Good For You’.
General Collective Market Day | Cawley Street, Ellerslie
The General Collective Market Day is coming at you this weekend. Held in Ellerslie, you’ll find a selection of handpicked high-quality homewares, textiles, art, jewellery, fashion and kids gear. While you’re doing your shopping, chow down on some of Auckland’s best street food and, if you take the sprogs, they’ll be entertained with crafty workshops, face painting and even a free photo booth in a caravan.
Sunday 14th August
Menopause the Musical | Bruce Mason Centre
Menopause the Musical promises to be an awesome performance that takes the woes of menopause and transforms them into an international sensation. The story follows four women who bond at a sale over hot flushes, mood swings and chocolate binges. Expect to be rocking in your seat to the tunes of 60s, 70s, and 80s during this popular musical.
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Image credit: Semi Permanent