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Metro’s Auckland Arts Festival Picks

Metro's picks for things to see in this year's Arts Festival.

Metro’s Auckland Arts Festival Picks

Mar 17, 2022 Arts

Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki / Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) has long been an annual arts calendar highlight for the city. While much of the festival’s programme was shaved due to the world around us, there is still a bunch for us all to see! So we’ve done the leg work for you and delved into this year’s festival programme, to offer you our top five festival picks. But don’t sleep on them, they won’t be around forever.


Live Live Cinema: The Little Shop of Horrors

I feel like a bit of a broken record when it comes to this particular show — using every platform available to me to recommend it. But I’ll say it again, everyone should buy a ticket to Live Live Cinema: The Little Shop of Horrors. Delivered right to your couch, the show is a mash of theatre, music and cinema, with the performers re-voicing and creating sound effects for the classic 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors in real time. Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival, Silo Theatre and Jumpboard Productions.

Digital premiere March 17 with shows until March 27.


Fantastic Planet

An assortment of giant, otherworldly figures popping up all over Auckland during the festival created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, and inspired by René Laloux’s famous 1973 animated film of the same name. A family friendly art day out, play and photography encouraged.

Silo Park & Aotea Square March 10 – 27, Thursdays-Sundays
Manukau Civic Square March 19 – 20
Falls Car Park, Henderson March 26 – 27


Spoken Walls: A City in Verse 

14 young poets from various High Schools have sprawled their poetry across walls, shop windows and bus shelters across the city. Described as a concrete kōrero, each poet shares their truth and hopes for the future. You can also view their poems online.


Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water 

Combining theatre, dance, taonga puoro, and kōrero tuku iho, Waiwhakaata – Reflections in the Water, directed by Choreographer Eddie Elliott, tells a story rediscovery as Rehua goes on a personal journey toward healing and redemption as he reconnects with his Māori heritage, returning to the whenua and waterways of his forebears.forbears.

Digital premiere 8.00pm March 26, replay any time until March 27.


Courageous Conversations about Race™ 

Two courageous conversations set to inspire you and honour the legacy of social justice leaders and anti-racism movements here in Aotearoa, streaming worldwide on International Race Relations Day. Co-hosted by cultural re-programmer Precious Clark, the two sessions Truth Spoken, Truth Heard and Mana Wāhine: Honouring our Matriarchs include a host of special guest speakers for an intergenerational conscious-raising experience of keynotes and dynamic panel discussions, interwoven with spoken word and delectable vocal performances.

March 21 10.30am – 3:30pm

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