Attention Auckland, it’s time to come together for the most fabulous celebration of the year as we recognise the LGBTQI+ community in all their glory. The amazing Auckland Pride community is bringing Pride 2020 back to Auckland from February 1–16 with more than 150 events taking place over the two-and-a-half-week festival. From parades, stand up comedy, productions, sporting events and more, there is so much to see, do and celebrate, all for the love of our Rainbow Community.
In no particular order, here are six events not to miss at this years Auckland Pride Festival.
The march formerly known as The Pride Parade returns for the new decade, continuing the kaupapa of liberation, celebration, community and expression. On Saturday 8 February from 4pm we march, beginning at
IVY Albert Park and making our way to Queen Street, you’ll eventually end up at Aotea Square in time for the after party. Whether you walk, march, roll or otherwise, everyone is encouraged to attend. Register online, grab your flags, make sure your outfit is visible from space and we’ll see you there.
Ending HIV Big Gay Out: 21st Birthday
The 21st annual biggest and boldest LGBTQI+ event of the year is back and promising to be as gay as ever. Setting up camp at the usual spot (Coyle Park in Point Chevalier), gear up for another round of fabulous music and fabulous vibes, all for free. Ending HIV Big Gay Out begins at midday on Sunday 9 February with quite possibly the best lineup yet, including Courtney Act, Fortunes, Randa and so much more. As well as an epic selection of food and market stalls, join 10,000 LQBTQI+ friends and whanau for a big day of love, dancing, and fabulousness that’s not to be missed.
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
Having been on the stand up circuit for over a decade, you’d likely recognise Hannah Gadsby from her hilarious Netflix special, Nannette. Having been awarded a Peabody award and becoming a household name in comedy, her latest show is affectionately named after her dog, Douglas, which she’s bringing to Auckland Pride, Saturday February 1 (the show, not the dog). Having tackled gender, sexuality and trauma in Nanette (named for a random barista if you weren’t paying attention), she’s back to take down the patriarchy in the best way she knows how—with laughter. Don't waste another second, book your tickets now.
Dating nowadays is more complicated than ever, but if you want to play the game, you’ve got to be in it to win it. Directed by Thomas Sainsbury, it begs the question many of us have thought throughout the process that is dating—is one person ever going to be enough? Rich is a young gay man struggling to come to terms with what he wants out of the whole business. Dealing with the love and lust, does Rich want to go all in, or just commit to the thrill of the chase? Find out by watching at Q Theatre from February 4—15.
Flow In The Dark
With all the festivities on during Pride, it’s important to take some time to unwind and relax. And what’s better for the mind, body, and soul than good old fashioned yoga? Yoga in the dark. It’s lit. Made to bring everyone together, glow up and get your stretch on as you reset from head to toe, allowing you to keep going all the way through to the festival's after party. Lights are out for one night and one night only, so grab your glow sticks and head on down to Ellen Melville Centre, 7pm on Wednesday February 12 for this free event.
No Homo: Queer Comedy
Bringing together the best queer comedians NZ has to offer (as well as international comedian Rhys Nicholson), this will be one night of stand-up you definitely won’t want to miss. With hilarious sets (obviously) from Chris Parker (The Male Gayze), Eli Matthewson (also The Male Gayze), James Mustapic (Repressed Memories), Suzanne Wolton and more, this is the only way you'll want to be spending Valentines Day. Book your spot now for what is gearing up to be the funniest night of the entire Auckland Pride Festival.
Need a spot to freshen up in between the events? Why not squeeze in bit of R&R at one (or more) of Auckland’s Best Rooftop Bars.
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