Lots of opportunities to bask in the sun this week, including a dreamy creative show performed by Mixit (a multi-cultural platform which brings young people of refugee backgrounds together) and stories with Suzy.
Weaving through the Auckland Botanic Gardens and its biennial Sculpture in the Gardens installation, this creative show (presented by Mixit) uses the framework of Alice in Wonderland and a cast of 30 performers to reflect on environmental issues and dreams for the future of the planet. Sounds whimsical.
Saturday 18-19 January | Auckland Botanic Gardens
If you like dining with a difference, chef Archana Kurup runs a restaurant out of her 1914 villa in Pukekohe, serving up food using seasonal and local ingredients. This Saturday she’ll be putting on an event consisting of 8 courses and some live music, served outdoors on her front lawn. Tickets are $150pp, with limited availability – her long table will only seat up to 12.
Saturday 18 January
New Zealand’s favourite auntie Suzy Cato will be reading us a little afternoon story at Silo Park, amongst a line-up of food trucks, games and workshops.
Saturday 18 January | Silo Park
If you’re a K-Pop fan, this one’s for you. Meet up with others of the same passion at a summery picnic, complete with games, music, and maybe an Auckland K-Pop group or two. BYO picnic mat and food.
Saturday 18 January | Albert Park
An early Chinese New Year celebration (it officially starts on 25 January, with reunion get-togethers the night before), vegetarian supermarket and cafe E-PACS welcomes in the Year of the Rat with a lion dance performance, lou sang (yee sang salad), free finger food, music and red envelopes for the kids. Make sure to dress for the occasion, because there’s an award for that, too.
Sunday 19 January | E-PACS Vegan Cafe, East Tamaki
Imagine owing your success to the bad erotica your dad pens in his spare time. That’s the reality of son Jamie Morton, who is joined on this award-winning podcast, where he reads his dad’s writing out loud, by his mates. They will be bringing along some exclusive material and interactive elements.
Monday 20 January | Auckland Town Hall
Over Auckland Anniversary Weekend the city is awash with street-side performances by local and international buskers, displaying skills of breakdancing, hula-hooping, acrobatics and more. You can catch them around the CBD and along the waterfront – please make sure to donate in their hats if you can.
Friday 24-27 January | Central city
New Zealand’s largest folk music and dance festival is back for its 47th year, bringing musicians from around the country and overseas, spread across six stages.
Friday 24-27 January | Kumeu Showgrounds