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Best of Auckland this week: Auckland Fringe Festival, Brazilian Carnival

What to do in Auckland from 21-28 February.

Best of Auckland this week: Auckland Fringe Festival, Brazilian Carnival

Feb 21, 2020 What's On

What’s happening in our city this week? Lots of opportunities to support the arts!

Alice Snedden

New Zealand’s best stand-up comic in the making has no new material, so go and help her build some. Snedden will be joined by a cast of different friends/comedians (friends and comedians even) each night.
Till Saturday 22 February | Basement Theatre

Quiet Please!

House music on Centre Court (like, an actual tennis court), with sets from Gorgon City, Set Mo, Bloom and more. Dress up required – think Wimbledon, tennis-white realness.
Friday 21 February | ASB Tennis Arena

The Hunting Lodge Brazilian Carnival

Any excuse to get out to this picturesque winery out west is a good one, especially if there’s Brazilian cocktails, music and Samba dancing.
Saturday 22 February | The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant


If the only MIKA song you know is still ‘Grace Kelly’, let it be known he’s released many records since, one as recently as October last year (My Name is Michael Holbrook). Michael is in New Zealand for the very first time.
Saturday 22 February | Auckland Town Hall

Auckland Fringe Festival

The impending Arts Festival comes with an edgier little sister (not strictly related, but sorta). It’s extremely hard to narrow down the shows – there’s so many, and all of them cater to a different kind of vibe. Here are some of my picks, coincidentally very tailored to my own interests (these don’t scratch the surface, so make sure to look at the programme):

Have You Ever Been with An Asian Woman?

I interviewed Gemishka and Aiwa last year and it was a delight, so I’m advocating that you head alone to their Basement show commenting on the hypersexualisation of pan-Asian women in pop culture with no-holds-barred aplomb.


Underwater creatures come to life through luminous puppets in the pitch-black of the Deep. This is a production by Sicko and Proudly Asian Theatre and sounds a bit like the film Gravity, except in the ocean.

Jelly Baby

This lasts four hours but you’re free to come and go as you please. Something vulnerable and honest and gleeful.


Dealing with periods and other points of practicality in the middle of an apocalypse.

An Open Apology

Sorry, not sorry. (Also four hours long – come and go as you like.)

The festival runs from 25 February-7 March in various locations.

Kikagaku Moyo

I don’t really know who this band is, except for the fact my friend absolutely froths them and I trust their music taste (mostly). They’re a psychedelic rock band from Tokyo, with “elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk and ‘70s rock”. In their latest album, they recorded with a jazz musician. Groovy.
Friday 28 February | Neck of the Woods


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