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What's on: a fundraising gig ft. JessB and Imugi ???, the end of Elemental AKL, plus more

The best of what's on in Auckland from 26 July-2 August.

What's on: a fundraising gig ft. JessB and Imugi ???, the end of Elemental AKL, plus more

Jul 26, 2019 What's On

A weekly round-up of what’s on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.

NZIFF continues
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.
Various locations

Turama Festival
It’s the last week of Elemental AKL, and one of our must-go picks is Turama 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

Hans. Live
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 ???, 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

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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, rongoa Maori, pareu and hula, and an introduction to the maramataka. NUKU Live – part of Elemental AKL – will be at Makarau Marae in Ihumatao.
27 July | Makaurau Marae

Ihumatao is currently being protected by Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), led by mana whenua members whose families have resided in Ihumatao for generations, and other supporters at the site in Mangere, 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.

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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


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