A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
CHAII, Dbldbl & Randa / Randa Release Show A free gig at the Portland Public House in Kingsland! Plus, Randa releases their new single and music video “Rock Bottom” at Whammy for $10 or $15 at the door on 13 June.
7 June | The Portland Public House
Ruby Porter on Writing and Winning Winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize, writer, poet and artist Ruby Porter discusses all of the above, plus her journey to publication – her debut novel, Attraction, came out in May – and offers advice for entering literary competitions. Dinner and supper is provided; koha appreciated.
7 June | 1 Rutland St
Documentary Edge Festival Doc Edge has an array of documentary films from around the globe, plus sessions with Q+A with the filmmakers. It ends this weekend, so make sure to slot in a couple if you can.
Until 9 June | Various locations
Shrek Trilogy A formative, life-changing moment arrived to me in the form of Shrek 2’s post-credit scene: an American Idol parody, Far Far Away Idol, in which Simon Cowell appears as himself. I did aerobics at primary school to “I’m A Believer” for months, directly attributed to the popularity of 2001’s hit, Shrek. Academy Cinemas knows their target audience and has decided to directly exploit this very specific nostalgia by offering an adults-only marathon of the Shrek Trilogy, back-to-back with 15-minute intervals in between.
8 June | Academy Cinemas
2019 Matariki and Dragon Boat Festival The origins of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival are a little murky, but the most well-known explanation is that it’s a commemoration of the death of poet and minister Qu Yuan, who died in 278BC. Either way, it’s a huge cultural festival in China and neighbouring countries, notable for the consumption of zongzi (also called bakcang, among other names). It’s a little dumpling-esque package wrapped up in bamboo leaves, secured with lengths of rope and stuffed with glutinous rice and various fillings, depending on what region or country you’re from. If you went into any Asian supermarket in the last week, you’ll see an entire section dedicated to the making of zongzi, the ingredients and elements helpfully lined up next to each other for home cooks to pick up. In Auckland, the annual Matariki and Dragon Boat Festival takes place at the Synergy Community Trust in New Lynn on Sunday, though the celebration is officially observed on Friday. Dine at New Flavour on Friday 7 June and get a zongzi on the house – theirs are stuffed with vegetarian and sweet fillings.