Before you skip into September, round out August with a hiss and a roar with these super-fun things to do in Auckland this weekend. With awesome performances, markets, exhibits and movie marathons, you’ll be sure to say see ya later to the month (and winter) in style.
Sister ANZAC | Q Theatre
A must-see for any Kiwi, Sister Anzac celebrates the brave women that went to war. The play takes the audience back to 1915, when the first nurses arrived in Gallipoli during one of the darkest hours of WWI. Seen by the soldiers as Angels of Mercy, there is no doubt that their story, told with grit, humour and compassion will leave you unmoved.
The Absurdity of Humanity | Q Theatre
The New Zealand Dance Company are back at it again, this time with a duo of shows. The Absurdity of Humanity couples together Matter by Ross McCormack and Whispers from Pandora’s Box by Lina Limosani. Matter explores relationships with different environments and Whispers from Pandora’s Box showcases the tie between good and evil within human nature. This is a two-for-one show not to be missed.
Royal New Zealand Ballet Presents Giselle | ASB Theatre
The hauntingly beautiful ballet ‘Giselle’ is back in New Zealand. It tells the tale of the innocent Giselle, who is courted and captivated by a stranger. Soon revealed as Count Albrecht, who is betrothed to another, Giselle, broken hearted, descends into madness and death. In the forest, the Wilis, vengeful ghosts of jilted brides, meet to greet their recently arrived sister: Giselle, who rises from her grave to join their ranks. This is an achingly mystical production that will emotionally captivate you.
The Improv Bandits | Aotea Centre & Bruce Mason
The Improve Bandits are doing what they do best this weekend—improvisation. Always high energy and loads of fun, the troupe live by their mantra no scripts, no gimmicks and no safety net. With an incredible ability to make something out of nothing, the mix humour with music and manage to create magic. Performing day shows on Saturday and Sunday, you can take the sprogs who can hang out and do a workshop afterwards.
Venus in Fur | Herald Theatre
The Auckland Theatre Companies latest performance is getting hot and steamy. The stage adaption of the world’s first S&M novel is difficult to cast for and director Thomas is struggling, enter Vanda, who mysteriously knows the text by name and has the same name as the main characters… and so beings an intricate battle of wills and intimate tango for dominance.
Thursday 25th August
Horror Movie Marathon At The Most Haunted Building | Unitec Building 1
You’re in for a scary night if you head to this movie marathon. Held in what was the Carrington Mental Institute which is more commonly known as Unitec’s ‘Building One’, is the second most haunted building in Auckland. The most haunted room in the building is the chapel, which is where the movie marathon will be held. Be on the lookout for any unusual activity, including shadows, voices, flickering lights, things flying across the room, ghostly figures, being ‘pushed’, sensations of being slapped, screaming plus a whole host more of spooky things no one can explain. This movie marathon is guaranteed to be one you won’t forget, even if you don’t remember the movie. If you love all things spooky, make sure you check out our article of Auckland’s most haunted spots.
Friday 26th August
Sitka Presents PADDLE FOR NORTH | Mercury Theatre
In 2013 six mates and two dogs went on a 1500km canoe trip from Canada to Alaska to raise awareness for one of the last undeveloped river systems left in the world—The Peel Watershed. PADDLE FOR NORTH follows the group on their two-month journey complete with their ups and downs, the awe-inspiring landscapes and the people they meet along the way. Now, it’s been five years since this epic journey and directors Simon and Scott are bringing this adventure- fueled film to Auckland.
Saturday 27th August
The Big Cheese | The Grill by Sean Connolly
Cheese dreams are coming true this weekend with Sean Connolly’s The Big Cheese. Celebrate everyone’s favourite food group and join Sean to get a bit closer to the products and producers of New Zealand’s burgeoning cheese making scene over a lunch inspired by and featuring wonderful artisanal cheeses.
Word—The Front Line | Auckland Town Hall
New Zealand’s inaugural inter-high school Spoken Word Poetry Slam Word—The Front Line, showcases up-and-coming and extremely talented youth poets. Not an easy battle, the competition started with 36 teams and has been whittled down to 6. If you are up for an incredible night of poetry which will leave you moved and inspired, you best get yourself along to Word—The Front Line.
Double ‘V’ | Barron Drive, Green Bay
After a sell out launch night in July, the Green Bay Street Food ‘Double V’ markets are back this weekend. With a top lineup including Mr Shankly’s, The Vegan Deli, Mama Tahina, Double Dutch Fries, Mei Mei Food Store, Lili Gourmet, Green Time, Killer Cookies and Loaded spud there’s sure to be something to tantalise your taste buds.
Sunday 28th August
The Factory Markets | Arrenway Drive, Albany
The Factory Markets are back this weekend, and with more than 40 market stalls you’re sure to find some treasures. There will be plenty of arters and crafters, creators, designer boutiques, vintage and secondhand goods, upcycled furniture and so much more. There will also be a barber and hairdresser, a tattooist, nail technician and fortune teller on site.
Your Vision, On Display | Viaduct Events Centre
Your Vision, On Display features some of hairdressings most dynamic talents who will present a creative spectacle like no other. In it’s second year the showcase will see each salon present a runway show, with all elements specially curated from the theme to the music, to the fashion, makeup and model lineup. There are no rules as the stylist’s work alongside one another to produce a collaborative creative symphony. This will be an event not to miss for any hair enthusiast.
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