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Five things to see at Auckland Pride Festival

With the 2024 Auckland Pride Festival just around the corner, Pride’s creative director NATHAN JOE joins us with five of his top picks.

Five things to see at Auckland Pride Festival

Jan 23, 2024 What's On

Te Tīmatanga: Auckland Pride Opening Night (Thursday 1 February)
Celebrate the start of the festival with our extraordinary opening event at The Civic Wintergarden. Te Tīmatanga features a new work built within te ao Māori that intertwines dance, performance art, circus, kapa haka, taonga pūoro and ritual into an unforgettable night.

Loud and Proud (Saturday 3 February)
A one-day music festival across Karangahape Rd, starting in the Pitt Street Church and ending at Whammy. Presented by the Audio Foundation. 

LA Plays Itself (Saturday 10 February)
Hosted by the Sam Te Kani, this 1972 experimental porno is not for the squeamish. But what says Pride more than transgressive cinema? Presented by Academy Cinemas

Lychee Baybee (Saturday 17 Feb)
Without club nights, Tāmakai Makaurau just wouldn’t be the same. Lychee Baybee made its debut last year. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Gong xi fa cai!

Pride Elevates (various)
I’m cheating a little with this pick (as it technically includes nine shows). Pride Elevates is the mini-arts programme I curate within the festival, celebrating emerging and established creatives in our sector. This year we have everything from gay cowboys to rave-inspired dance shows.

The 2024 Auckland Pride Festival runs from February 1-29. Check out the full programme at


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