A weekly round-up of what's on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
Late Night Sandwiches – Club Red Pop-Up
Line your stomachs tonight or call it a day with one of James Corlett’s sandwich creations, popping up at Egg and Spoon on the very conveniently located Ponsonby Road. The menu is shaping up as we speak, with Braised Beef Cheek, Picked Fennel and Waha Wera Kiwifruit Hot Sauce up for grabs from 6pm till late, or sold out.
21 June | Egg and Spoon, 113 Ponsonby Rd
In a new live performance piece presented by Fleshies, an ensemble cast of 15 tells us stories about their bodies in a call to action to end body insecurities and shaming.
Till 29 June | Basement Theatre
Onehunga Arts Festival Launch
Hip-hop heroes SWIDT headlines this launch of the inaugural Onehunga Arts Festival alongside other local performers like the youth of the 312 Hub and Tatau Dance Academy. This free event is kid-friendly, with moko stencils and arcade games, plus a good old sausage sizzle.
22 June | Courtyard of Onehunga Community Centre
Celebrating Muslim Women – Public Forum
Listen in on some important national discussions as Muslim women talk in-depth about feminism and their own experiences and aspirations. Moderated by Carol Hirschfeld, she’ll be joined by Mahvash Ali (Journalist, The Project Associate Producer), Fatumata Bah (Commonwealth Young Leader), Latifa Daud (Writer) and Fahima Saeid (Advocate Counsellor).
25 June | Freeman’s Bay Community Hall
Free Matariki Concert
From 5pm onwards, Britomart is throwing a completely free concert in Takutai Square to celebrate Matariki, with Dennis Marsh, The Koi Boys, Rob Ruha and Troy Kingi all performing live. To accompany these sweet sounds, Rewi Spraggon and the team from Maori Kitchen is laying down some kai from a hāngi. Don’t worry about the rain, either, as there will be covered seating. Maybe bring a blanket, though.
28 June | Takutai Square
Māori Film Week
Three days of excellent Māori, Pasifika and global indigenous film and moving image art, Ngā Kete E Toru Showcase is the centre of Māori Film Week. The opening gala on Friday night will feature a hula and haka performance along with Hawaiian kai ($20) and the opening-night presentation of The Haumana. All other screenings on Saturday and Sunday are free. Also be sure to check out the Fred Renata Exhibition at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, an exhibition of photographic works by the cinematographer who worked on Merata Mita’s Mauri as well as Poi E and others.
28-30 June | Ellen Melville Centre
There are only R18 tickets left for BENNE’s show, the finale on her tour celebrating the release of EP FIRE ON MARAZZ (out 28 June). If the name doesn’t sound familiar, think back – you may have caught her set at this year’s Laneway Festival, or heard her hit “Soaked”, if you’ve at tuned in to the radio at any point during this year.
28 June | The Powerstation