Auckland Arts Festival 2015

From 4 March 2015 Auckland will be transformed as the 19-day Auckland Arts Festival kicks off with an explosion of theatre, music, cabaret, dance and visual arts!   
More than 100 world class shows and exhibitions from NZ and around the world will astound, entertain and delight audiences across the region.
Q Theatre will host the world premieres of Nancy Brunning’s play Hikoi, as well as The Mooncake and the Kumara by award winning NZ playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen. UK’s celebrated comedian Mark Thomas stars in Bravo Figaro! - a hit at Edinburgh Festival. The Book of Everything is a great theatre work for the whole family and is co-presented with Silo Theatre. For the younger kids Scottish Catherine Wheels Theatre Company performs the enchanting WHITE.
RAW- a new series of works in development will give people an insight into the creative development process of an opera and theatre works.

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Actor and director Nancy Brunning’s award-winning play Hikoi is set in New Zealand in the 1970’s and ‘80’s, as two generations of the Miller whānau try to give voice to the sweeping changes in their lives. Hikoi is an emotional road trip deep into the heart of our country’s history.

Mar 4 to Mar 8 2015

Featuring the work of Gil Hanly, John Miller, Jos Wheeler and Natalie Robertson Tūrangawaewae is an exhibition of powerful and moving photographs which brings elements from Nancy Brunning’s play Hīkoi into perspective for Māori today.

Mar 4 to Mar 22 2015

Interlaced with fable and myth, this is the story of a Māori-Chinese love affair sprouted amongst rows of potatoes. From award-winning Māori-Chinese playwright Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen, and set in a New Zealand market garden nearly ninety years ago, the romance reveals a page from our history rarely told.

Mar 5 to Mar 10 2015

Falesā is a work being developed for the stage using a fono matai process. Fono matai is based on the shared experiences and ideas of senior-level artists with strong cultural connections.

Mar 12 2015

Join Tim Finn and a cast of singers and musicians to delve into musical excerpts from his new work Star Navigator, based on the true story of Tupaia, a Tahitian priest, artist and navigator who sailed with James Cook on the Endeavour’s maiden voyage.

Mar 13 to Mar 14 2015

Moving and deeply funny, The Book of Everything is an enchanting stage adaptation of the classic children’s book. A Festival/Silo Theatre co-production, it tells the remarkable story of nine-year-old Thomas, who sees things others don’t. Created especially for young people, this is a theatre favourite for all ages. 

Mar 14 to Mar 22 2015

For a fresh look at culture, take one artist and add a cotton swab, glowing bacteria and Petri dishes. Mix them together in Q Vault and – violà! – you have a masterpiece: Biolumination.

Mar 14 2015

KIRI is a compelling and beautifully crafted duet between a dancer and a clay artist bringing to life the creation of Hine-ahu-one, in an extraordinary performance, with spell-binding video and a hypnotic sound score from Paddy Free.

Mar 14 2015

The creative team behind the highly-acclaimed Daffodils has a new indie-rock story to tell, fabricated from private emails. Follow a lonely heart, as he is thrown backwards into a journey that leads to the most unexpected, violent encounter.

Mar 15 2015

Telling the true story of Mark Thomas’ father, a working-class, opera loving builder, his battle with degenerative illness, and a Royal Opera performance at a little house in Bournemouth, Bravo Figaro! is theatre filled with laughs and lots of heart.

Mar 16 to Mar 22 2015

Conceived especially for children aged two to four, White is the perfect first-time theatre treat for littlies. Two friends, Cotton and Winkle, look after birdhouses to make sure the eggs stay safe – but high up in the trees, all is not white!

Mar 17 to Mar 22 2015

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