Auckland Arts Festival 2020

Spanning theatre, dance, music, cabaret, circus and visual arts, Auckland Arts Festival – Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau returns in March 2020 featuring New Zealand and international acts to inspire, provoke and entertain. Q Theatre hosts three works as part of the 2020 Festival: Silo Theatre’s first production for 2020 UPU, the world premiere of Auckland Theatre Company’s Black Lover, and Traverse Theatre Company’s powerhouse play MouthpieceUPU brings the wealth and power of Pacific literature to roaring theatrical life. Curated by award-winning poet Grace Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry from Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more.

Ousted from his role as Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958 for being a “black lover”, ex-pat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd was placed under house arrest and it’s here that Zimbabwean playwright Stanley Makuwe picks up the story. In Black Lover, Makuwe brings to life a great New Zealander, exploring a stand of courage against terror in a nation experiencing deep racial divides. Following sold out, award-winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival performances, Traverse Theatre Company’s Mouthpiece comes to Auckland. A gripping, critically-acclaimed sensation about class, culture and appropriation, the play won the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2019 and is a frank, unflinching and unexpectedly humorous hit.

A globally recognised celebration of art and culture taking place every March, Auckland Arts Festival is a place for ambitious ideas by storytellers, provocateurs and creators and reflects our contemporary, cosmopolitan city with its many communities.

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Curated by award-winning poet Grace Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU features Oceania’s most electrifying poetry, from Ben BrownKarlo MilaAlbert Wendt and more.

Mar 5 to Mar 15 2020

Black Lover

Sir Garfield Todd, an ex-pat New Zealander and Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958, was ousted from politics for opposing white minority rule and labelled a “black lover”.

Mar 6 to Apr 4 2020


Following award-winning Edinburgh Fringe performances, Traverse Theatre Company’s gripping, critically-acclaimed sensation about class, culture and appropriation comes to Auckland. This powerhouse play is a frank, unflinching and unexpectedly humorous hit.

Mar 19 to Mar 28 2020

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