A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
The NZ premiere of Come to Daddy is on tonight, the debut feature from NZIFF Incredibly Strange programmer Ant Timpson. It stars Elijah Wood and is expected to be gory, twisted and twisty. For My Father’s Kingdom has its New Zealand premiere on 30 July, a documentary on the faith and love of Tongan father Saia Mafile’o and his four children. There are also a ton of opportunities to go behind the scenes and meet the filmmakers this week: catch the director of Judy & Punch at an after-show Q+A, Sophie Hyde of Animals, Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan of Jesse Eisenberg flick Vivarium and more.
It’s the last week of Elemental AKL, and one of our must-go picks is Tūrama Festival, a completely free light festival in Albert Park. Projected stories, interactive sculptures and light-and-movement performances will all be part of the fun, creating an outdoor winter playground with a range of art, music and kai.
26-28 July | Albert Park
Korean rapper Hans. is back from the States for a show at Whammy, with support from Swrly and GatoRay.
26 July | Whammy Bar
Eastern Women’s Refuge Fundraiser
A crazy-good line-up awaits at this Eastern Women’s Refuge Fundraiser, with all money raised going to support women and children escape and move on from domestic abuse. Catch Imugi 이무기, JessB, Hang Loose, BEING., half.queen, PollyHill and Na Noise. The Eastern Refuge Society works in East and South Auckland to cultivate violence-free families and communities, providing immediate help (a crisis line, emergency and safe housing) and ongoing support (safety and empowerment programmes, advocacy and counselling). Learn more here.
27 July | Galatos
NUKU is a storytelling project profiling 100 indigenous wahine through audio podcasts, creative portrait imagery and a book and exhibition. NUKU Live is packed with speakers, panel sessions and workshops around raranga, rongoā Māori, pareu and hula, and an introduction to the maramataka. NUKU Live – part of Elemental AKL – will be at Makarau Marae in Ihumātao.
27 July | Makaurau Marae
Ihumātao is currently being protected by Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), led by mana whenua members whose families have resided in Ihumātao for generations, and other supporters at the site in Māngere, to stop a housing development from going ahead on the land. To find out more about the situation and how you can help, visit their website here; read RNZ’s explainer; this in-depth feature written by Leonie Hayden with support from Rebecca White and NUKU founder Qiane Matata-Sipu; or listen to SOUL member Pania Newton talk here.
Queers & Wares Night Market
Free entry to QUEER AF’s first-ever LGBT+-focused night market, with heaps of stalls selling very cool things, like Sung Hwan Bobby Park’s beautiful ceramics, Cosmo Bones’ drawings and illustrations and tattooing from Silky Jo. You could also stop by for the information booths on LGBT+ centred issues or their pop-up hairdresser with a warm wintery mulled wine.
1 August | Basement Theatre