Art & Design

Auckland Arts Festival: Here’s What You Can’t Miss!

By Albert Cho
6th Mar 2018

Auckland Art Festival: Here's What You Can't Miss!

March has to be one of our favourite months of the year. It marks the first day of autumn, giving us an excuse to pull out some killer fashionista outfits and best of all, kicks off another round of Auckland’s Art Festival. Get ready for non-stop New Zealand and international acts of visual arts, dances, spanning theatre, music and more. There is absolutely no limit to this event and we’re here to guide you on some of the events that are not to be missed at Auckland’s Art Festival 2018.

House Of Mirrors

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive and Instagrammable, this outdoor installation is the one for you. House of Mirrors takes the carnival classic to another level by using 40 tonnes of steel, 15 tonnes of glass in a space of 400-square metres. This outdoor set up proves those people wrong that have a stigma of art being boring. House of Mirrors is an absolute treat to the eyes by creating optical illusions with their special effects.

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When: 8th March – 25th March
Where: Festival Playground, Silo Park

The Piano: The Ballet

Art isn’t all about oil on canvas, it can be found in many different forms and dance is most definitely one of them. Inspired by the 1993 film The Piano, the Royal New Zealand ballet will be honouring us with a beautiful performance of the New Zealand drama film. Jiří Bubeníček has reimagined the iconic film and expresses the powerful emotion through movement, dance and classical music.

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When: 8th March – 10th March
Where:  Aotea Centre

Daniel Caesar

Grammy nominated musician Daniel Caesar is treating Aucklanders with a one-night-only performance and is one of the headlining events at this year’s Auckland Arts Festival. For those who aren’t familiar with the artist, this man earned himself a spot in the Rolling Stone’s 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 with his critically acclaimed debut album, Praise Break. The R&B soul artist will be performing his songs of pure emotion and love on March 16th and is guaranteed to be the event of the month.

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When: 16th March
Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter

King Krule

King Krule will be holding a performance for one night in Auckland for this year’s Arts Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. With a strong underground following, this artist is renowned for adding his own unique and punk twist to jazz music which makes him a one of a kind musician. Live performances from his critically acclaimed albums, The Ooz and 6 Feet Beneath The Moon are highly looked forward to by many and is an event that is definitely worth attending.

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When: 12th March
Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter

The Drums Of Fire

For those who are in the mood for absolute intensity, this one is a must on your to-do-list. The title of this event isn’t a metaphor as Deabru Beltzak are bringing us an energizing event where they are literally going to be playing with fire and percussion from the 21st – 25th of March. This free walking exhibition is set on making viewers dance along to the rhythm and get heated with the fire. The Drums of Fire will literally be lit and is said to be a street parade like no other.

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When:  21st – 25th March
Where: Multiple Locations

Chop Chop Hiyaaa!

If you’re just looking for a good time with music, story-telling and dancing, Chop Chop Hiyaaa! is the event for you. Kiwi singer-songwriter Anika Moa will be sharing the stage with a special friend, performing songs in both Te Reo Maori and English and giving us all sorts of fun. Let’s be real guys, any event with Anika Moa is compulsory for Aucklanders.

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When: 10th, 11th, 23rd and 24th March
Where: Multiple Locations

Still Life With Chickens

David Fa’auliuli Mamea’s latest work, Still Life With Chickens has earned the success of winning the Adam NZ Play Award (2017) and the Playmarket Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright (2017). This play that is not only hilarious but also touching on more serious topics such as loneliness puts the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and is therefore a highly talked about event at this years Auckland Arts Festival.

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When: 17th – 24th March
Where: ASB Cube Theatre, ASB Waterfront Theatre

Humans of South Auckland

Any Facebook user would be familiar with the page “Humans of New York”. Well South Auckland have their very own version where the locals of South Auckland share their own personal stories with a single photograph to aid their tale. Humans of South Auckland is an exhibition that is genuinely real and raw which in our opinion is where the best sort of art comes from.

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When: 20th March – 21st April
Where: Fresh Gallery Ōtara


The Manifesto exhibition utilizes a 13 channel film installation to show the changing role of the artist in modern society. Manifesto evokes deep thought and emotion in to the links between art, politics and life in general by putting film installations in to all sorts of different contexts and settings. This way we get a multi-faceted perspective of art and is perfect for those who want something that want a little more than an Instagram picture from this year’s art festival.

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When: 1st March – 25th March (will continue after the end of March)
Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Whānau Day

Finish off the Arts Festival with free live music and purely good vibes at Whānau Day. Not to mention, Anika Moa will be getting us on our feet and dancing to her award-winning songs. To make it even better, there will be food stalls around so we can fuel our bodies and last till the end of the night and wrap up Auckland Arts Festival 2018 the best way possible.

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When: 25th March
Where: Festival Playground, Silo Park


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