New Zealand International Film Festival begins, an urban street party and more events this week

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

Ed Sheeran x New Zealand Pop-Up Shop
What a stroke of serendipity: Ed Sheeran is celebrating the release of his new album ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ at St Kevin’s Arcade Shop No. 6. You’ll get the chance to buy exclusive merch only found at the shop – tees, hoodies, long sleeves, caps, mugs, stickers and badges – plus put yourself in his new ‘I Don’t Care’ music video. Forget the shiny, harsh-lighted phone accessories shop in that corner lot of the arcade entrance – is this what's finally gonna make St Kevin’s Arcade… uncool?
12 July, 9am-3pm | St Kevin’s Arcade

Te Korakora on Federal
An urban street party is taking over Federal Street for the night, from 5-10pm. Experience the vibrant sights and sounds of te ao Māori under the Matariki stars: live music by Troy Kingi & The Upperclass, Moana and the Tribe; kapa haka; an original waiata commissioned for the festival; food trucks; and the Matariki activity area. Check out more Elemental AKL events here.
12 July | Federal Street

READ MORE: Get yourself to Great Barrier Island for a night under the stars

Vector Lights for Matariki Festival
Interweaving history, genealogy and storytelling, this year’s host iwi for the Matariki Festival, Waikato-Tainui, have created a light display on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It features te whetuu tapu o tau hou Maori (the sacred star of the Māori New Year) and presents stories from a Waikato-Tainui perspective.
12-14 July | Auckland Harbour Bridge

Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market
Ferry over for crafts and fine foods at this community market from 10am-2pm.
14 July | Devonport Community House

READ MORE: Your week in food: Breakfast sammies, a taste of Oaxaca and what Metro ate this week

NopeSisters Panel Talk on Climate Change
NopeSisters will be joined by Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick, Shelley Butt (Programme Manager at Sustainable Coastlines) and Amanda Chapman (activist and waste-minimiser) to discuss what the heck to do about climate change. This event is part of the Slipping Away exhibition programme, also showing at Gus Fisher Gallery.
18 July | Gus Fisher Gallery

READ MORE: Where are all the songs about climate change?

Freedom Food Truck Festival
Enter for free through Eden’s Park Entry A on Walters Road to sample food from around the globe at the Freedom Truck Food Festival. You’ll find The Maori Kitchen plating up traditional Maori food; vegan food from Gorilla Kitchen; Mexican from Taco Loco, Argentinian BBQ from Che Lucio and more. Afterwards, purchase a ticket to the Nelson Mandela exhibition, commemorating his legacy and celebrating his life.
18 July | Eden Park

NZIFF Opening Night: La Belle Epoque
This year’s opening night film is anticipated to be a crowd-pleaser, described as “perfect for first dates, 40th anniversaries and solo filmgoers alike”. A French film on the second chances at first love, an aging cartoonist employs the services of an agency which can grant you the chance to play the lead role in any point in history, with full cast and costume. He returns to 40 years prior, when a woman walks into a cafe.
18 July | The Civic

For Metro’s guide to the festival, pick up the latest issue of the magazine, and make sure to head to the Metro-sponsored flick The Farewell.

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