Cold Blood is one of the shows on at Auckland Arts Festival. It's performed mostly by hands. Cool or weird? You decide. Photo: Supplied

Best of Auckland this week: Auckland Arts Festival, International Women's Day events

Happy, happy Friday. Let's celebrate by getting out and about - see below for some ideas. A new gallery opening, Nadia Reid's Auckland shows, the Auckland Arts Festival kicks off and more.

Open Home

Artist Charles Buenconsejo has left home for a ‘better’ future, only to find familiar challenges here in Aotearoa. He finds solace in returning to the land of his front yard, transforming it into a vegetable garden and marrying his past and present there (Philippines) and here (New Zealand).
Wednesday  4-21 March | RM Gallery

Sanc gallery opening

A new painter-run gallery space in the central city opens tomorrow with an exhibition featuring artists Reece King, Brendon Leung, Danae Ripley and more.
Friday 6 March | Sanc, 3D/30 Upper Queen Street

Women’s Work: A Different Lens

For International Women's Day, 21 photographers from the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers’ Association feature in an exhibition which will run for four days, exploring the female gaze which is often grossly underrepresented in commercial and advertising photography. (Women make up the majority of photography students, up to 70-80%, but the number of women commercial photographers represented by photo agents is closer to 20%.)
Friday 6-9 March | Ellen Meville Centre

Nadia Reid

Reid’s new album, Out of My Province, is out on 6 March; the concert is the day after. Plenty of time for the fresh songs to sink in.
Saturday 7-8 March | Pah Homestead

Silo Sessions: Milk and Honey

This Sunday March 8 (International Women's Day) there's a free music festival on at Silo Park, Milk & Honey. Back for its second year, the half-day festival features an all women lineup - how rad is that? Metro asked rapper JessB, Yery Cho of synth pop duo Imugi 이무기, and groovy, genre-defying DJ Little Bok Choy (Eva Choy) five quick questions, from why you should go (did we mention the lineup is all women?) to figuring whether or not honey is vegan, once and for all. Click here for the full interview.
Sunday 8 March | Silo Park

Year of the Tiger (虎—hǔ)

“Part live-documentary, part social practice”. If you’ve seen Alice Canton’s previous work, particularly OTHER [chinese], you might have some idea of what you’re in for. If you haven’t, a group of strangers (all born in the year of the tiger) gather on the stage to discussion the world around them. Sometimes awkward, sometimes magical.
Tuesday 10-21 March | Basement Theatre

Auckland Arts Festival

This year the Arts Festival have introduced special under-30 tickets which are cheaper than the adult prices (by about 20-30%) for a portion of their shows. Thanks, AAF! Some of our highlights from those events: First Nations and Maori comedy Black Ties, class-war Scottish play Mouthpiece and circus-cabaret Limbo Unhinged. Also check out the Metro­-presented theatre experience, Cold Blood, and pick up the mag for a preview of it, plus Joel Bray's intimate play Biladurang and Estere - Into The Belly of Capricorn.
Wednesday 11-29 March 

Yesterday – Closed Captions

Did you know that we’re one of the only first-world nations where closed captioning for television is not required by law? Crazy, tbh! Here, the 2019 film Yesterday will be screened for free closed captioned, with an NZSL interpreter on hand for pre-event entertainment.
Friday 13 March | Glover Park, Saint Heliers

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