Sunday, February 10, 2019

Auckland Arts Festival


Artists' flights and accommodation are booked, the sets are on the way by air and sea, the Spiegeltent arrives in Auckland next week, and all the logistics are being finalised ... it's just one month to go until Auckland Arts Festival 2019 is officially open.
But before we fill Aotea Square for our opening night event Tira (and we're looking forward to hearing everyone come together for a giant sing-along), you can get into the Festival mood at shows and events opening ahead of 7 March. Mark your calendar and head along to:

John Scott Works - David Straight | Visual Arts | opens 14 February
Blood Water Earth | Visual Arts | opens 2 March
Pacific Sisters: He Toa Tāera Fashion Activists | Visual Arts | opens 23 February
South Auckland Poets' Collective: The First 10 Years exhibition | opens 23 February
The Mood Machine | Visual Arts | opens 5 March
Wild Dogs Under My Skirt - Silo Theatre | Theatre | opens 5 March



Kim Hill interviews director Barrie Kosky

Legendary opera director Barrie Kosky talked to Kim Hill on RNZ National last weekend about bringing the epic production The Magic Flute to Auckland.

He confesses he'd said 'no' to staging The Magic Flute many times before, but after seeing a performance by innovative British theatre company 1927, "I started to think, well, this could be a way I could bring The Magic Flute to the stage.
"1927 has
live performance interacting with the most beautiful, low-tech sort of surreal animation."

And, he adds after the opera premiered "we were inundated with offers from all around the world because everyone thought, ‘this is this new style, and this is going to be extraordinary'."

With 125 cast and crew from Germany + 30 NZ crew + the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, this is the biggest international production ever staged by Auckland Arts Festival and is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Magic Flute season at Auckland Arts Festival is supported by University of Auckland, NZOpera and the Goethe Institut with support from Opera Boost patrons Jeremy Collins, Sir Roderick and Gillian, Lady Deane, Trevor and Jan Farmer, Friedlander Foundation, Kent and Gaye Gardiner, Dame Jenny Gibbs, and The Wallace Foundation.

Image: Iko Freese /


21–23 March
 ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Revolutionary choreographer and composer Hofesh Shechter's latest work Grand Finale is his boldest yet. Exhilarating and electrifying, don't miss this beautiful, one of-a-kind performance featuring intoxicating live music.

"Apocalyptic ... a wild waltz for the end of time." The Guardian

SPECIAL OFFER: Book before midnight on Sunday 17 February and SAVE 15% on all Adult A and B Reserve tickets.
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Auckland Arts Festival has signed a mahi tahi (partnership agreement) with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori cementing an ongoing commitment to uplift and promote te reo Māori.
AAF artistic director Jonathan Bielski: "It is our goal that te reo Māori is heard, seen and felt every day of the Festival."
As part of this commitment the festival introduced a new strand – Toitū Te Reo which includes six events: the opening night concert Tira, the Festival's centrepiece Tōku Reo Waiata, the touring play Ka Tito Au, children's playTe Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere, the Whānui programme and Whānau Day.

Six Toitū Te Reo ambassadors will be working with the festival across the Toitū Te Reo programme - Stacey & 
Scotty Morrison, Hemi Kelly, Jenny-May Clarkson, Jarod Rawiri and Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Pictured: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori CEO Ngahiwi Apanui and AAF CEO David Inns sign the mahi tahi
Grammy-award winning Silkroad Ensemble performs their first ever concert in NZ at Auckland Arts Festival for one night only on Thursday 14 March. Tickets are selling fast.

Representing a range of nationalities and featuring dozens of instruments, the dynamic ever-evolving group of internationally acclaimed musicians brings together traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and Kazakh music, Finnish folk song, Indian classical, popular jazz, and much more.
WIN Film Tickets to Capharnaum

Enjoy a night out at the flicks on us. The stunning heartfelt drama Capharnaum  was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and is in cinemas from Thursday 7 February.

After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life.
We have two double passes to Capharnaum to give away. To be in to win, email before Thursday 14 February.



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