October, where are you going? Before we know it, it will be Christmas and we will be sweltering in the heat. But for now, Auckland is a busy bee with plenty of fabulous things to do. Priscilla Queen of the Desert returns, Art Week installations are still going strong and Diwali Festival is on. Whatever you’re into, there’s something for everyone! Hopefully the weather holds off so we can enjoy all Auckland has to offer.
Priscilla Queen of The Desert | The Civic
Stone the flamin’ crows! After eight (eight!) years, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is back and more fabulous than ever. The musical tells the heart-warming, uplifting story of three drag artists who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla, searching for love and friendship. It features a parade of dancefloor faves including ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ and a whole host more. With plenty of sparkle and shine, Priscilla is a must-see spectacular!
Asylum | Wynyard Quarter
As part of Art Week, Peter Roche presents Asylum—a multi-sensory art installation at Silo 6. Spread across all six silos, the installation uses elements such as wind, water, sound, light and movement to explore dark themes. It delves into ideas such as terrorism, state control, surveillance, violent, war and mass exodus. Check out the moving art installation to see before Art Week ends.
Colours | Ponsonby Central
Colours brings some of New Zealand’s best artists to Ponsonby for this pop-up exhibition and marketplace. The event kicks off with a group exhibition that includes live art, music, and a boutique craft market. The collective of artists support local not-for-profits and charities through sales of their art. Great art and great cause—what’s not to love?!
Centaur | Basement Theater
The half man, half horse, half artist will be answering some of life's most unanswered questions in Centaur. Jesse Griffin will tackle questions such as “where does art come from?”, “why does it come from there?” and “should it go back to where it came from?” Prepare to be challenged and provoked—you’ll leave this show with plenty to think about!
Auckland Diwali Festival | Aotea Square
Enjoy the flavours, sights and sounds of India without leaving Auckland. Diwali Festival—also known as the festival of light—is one of the oldest and most important celebrations of Indian culture. Featuring live music, dance, street theatre, and puppetry performances, there’s something for the whole fam. Oh, and the food is amazing! Eat all the curry and drink all the lassi.
Cover Story | Ponsonby
Consider yourself a music lover? Then you’ll know very well that every record tells a story. Cover Story is a vinyl exhibition taking place in Studio One until November 5. Come and witness more than 80 Base FM DJ’s reveal their most precious record cover, and the story behind it.
Auckland Jazz Festival
Get out your jazz hands because the Auckland Jazz Festival is kicking off. Spanning 12 days, the festie will see local and international acts take to the stage in various intimate venues across our fine city. Come along to enjoy the smooth, sultry sounds from the likes of MattMahon Trio, The Reuben Bradley Quartet and Nathan Haines.
Whau Arts Fest 2016
With seven projects spanning 24 hours, Whau Arts Fest plans to be a non-stop arts festival unlike any other. The opening ceremony kicks off this Friday with musicians, perfomers and a line-up of killer food stalls. Following on from the opening, there will be tastings, community based projects, epic food and a whole lot of creative diversity. With so much going on, it's a much see this weekend!
Thursday 13th October
All That | Q Theatre
Back after a sell-out season, All That returns to Q Theatre. In an exploration of different styles of music and jazz dance, All That shows off the dancers’ rich dance heritage, love for old school music and costuming, and goals to spark a jazz revolution! Expect to witness a whole lotta entertaining dance theatrics and be inspired.
Friday 14th October
Fashion At The Park | Alexandra Park
Wine, food and fashion, what could be better? Enjoy the spring collections of Adrian Hailwood, Tanya Carlson, Yvonne Bennetti and Knerfermann showing in between races at Fashion at the Park. Don’t forget to dress up to the nines and look your best!
Saturday 15th October
Be Pure, Live Well Festival | The Cloud
Bringing together healthy living, lifestyle, wellness and recreational fitness is the Be Pure Live Well Festival. Happening this Saturday and Sunday at The Cloud, educate yourself on the latest health products and trends, and enjoy inspiring classes, demos and talks on fitness, healthy living and lots more. Make sure you attend Dr Libby’s workshop on rushing women’s syndrome, and reigniting energy levels—it’s probably going to change your life.
The 2016 Pink Track Walk | Pukekohe Race Park
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month (have you seen the Sky Tower yet? It’s pink!) and to support Breast Cancer New Zealand, Pukekohe Race Park is opening up their track for you to walk (or run) around. The race starts in the pit lane and goes all the way around the track. Race your way to a first place finish and support a great cause.
Roller Derby Final | The Trusts Arena
Get ready to whip it at the Roller Derby final this weekend! The Trusts Arena hosts the Pirate City Rollers final as the Black Heart Bruisers take on Mascara Massacre in what promises to be an action-packed bout. Head along learn a new sport and see some kickass women.
Otahuhu Ethnic Food Festival | Otahuhu
Enjoy a huge selection of ethnic foods with more than 100 stalls, ranging from dumplings, tacos, curry, burgers…and don’t even get us started on desserts. There will also be performances from some of New Zealand’s hottest acts including Che Fu, Onehunga Hip Hop Crew SWIDT and DJ Sir-Vere. The festival will be held on Great South Road, Otahuhu Town Centre. Lock it in!
Sunday 16th October
Ignite! | Q Theatre
Teenage artists killing it once again, but this time on the stage. Ignite! Showcases a diverse range of new dances including contemporary, ballet, hip hop, jazz and fusion dance. Created and performed by youth from the local secondary schools, studios and dance schools, head along and support the freshest new talent.
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