International Women's Day (IWD) is almost here and that means there's a whole slew of epic events to get around. Near and far you'll find some next-level gigs worth hitting up including the female-led Milk & Honey Festival, an empowering hike and a photography exhibition showcasing some of the best female photographers around.
Here are the best events to hit up in Auckland this International Women's Day.
Milk & Honey Festival
8 MARCH, SILO PARK, WYNYARD QUARTER
Get your groove on this International Women's Day at Silo Park. This popular waterfront spot is set to host the second-ever Milk & Honey Festival—a free, female-led gig curated by the brilliant Julia Deans (ex Fur Patrol), Teresa Patterson and Lani Purkis (ex Elemeno P). From hip-hop queen JessB and indie act She's So Rad, through to a host of outstanding DJs and some of the best performers from Girls Rock Aotearoa, this is one event that will definitely make you feel proud to be a woman. And the girl power doesn't stop there—you can also expect a full female line-up in the food department, including traditional German treats from Let's Brezel, real fruit ice pops from Choice Blocks, and mouthwatering pies from the mother-daughter duo at The Pie Piper.
Int'l Women's Day Hike
8 MARCH, MOUNT EDEN
Grab your gang (and your walking shoes) and get amongst the great outdoors with Kathmandu's Int'l Women's Day Hike. This bespoke experience, fittingly led by female guides, will take you and other likeminded women on an exciting day trip through bush, beach and beyond, beginning in the CBD, travelling out to the scenic West Coast, and finishing on the Shore. We hear there's also a coffee stop and lunch at a local brewery involved—the perfect way for us girls to stay fuelled-up on such adventures, don't you think? Plus, all funds from your ticket will go to ActionAid—an organisation that helps to empower, support, educate and train women in other parts of the world. That's some legit girl power, right there.
Women's Adventure Film Tour
5—8 MARCH, Balmoral, Howick, Matakana, Newmarket, Takapuna and Titirangi
For chick flicks but not as you know them, head along to the Women's Adventure Film Tour, held in association with Macpac at selected cinemas across Auckland. Coinciding with International Women's Day, this unique event will showcase a line-up of short films featuring some of the most inspirational Kiwi gals we reckon you'll ever meet (well, on the big screen at least). We're talking about Olympic skier Janina Kuzma, mountaineer Penny Brothers and world champion ultra trail runner Anna Frost; as well as those in the line of paragliding, cliff diving and other thrill-seeking pursuits. These girls literally put the awe in awesome.
Women's Work | A Different Lens Exhibition
6—9 MARCH, Ellen Melville Centre, CBD
See life through strictly female eyes at Women's Work | A Different Lens exhibition, running over four days from March 6 including, of course, on International Women's Day. Held at the Ellen Melville Centre, this empowering event aims to put female photographers in the spotlight by showcasing the work of 21 such women from the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers’ Association; amongst them, Sara Orme, Victoria Baldwin and Mara Sommer. As well as showcasing images from a distinctly female perspective, it's hoped the exhibition will also help shed light on inequality in the photography industry. Did you know that women make up the majority of university students studying photography in New Zealand (up to 80% in some cases), but only about 20 per cent of commercial photographers represented by photography agents are actually female? This will serve as the basis of a special discussion on International Women's Day between Orme, Isobel Kerr-Newell (Saatchi & Saatchi), Geraldine Turney (Match Photographers) and Dr. Kaisa Wilson (Gender Tick); which promises to be lively, informative, and maybe even a little fierce.
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