Students striking in Aotea Square. A third strike is scheduled for Friday September 27. Photo: Getty

What's On: Strike for the climate and the Power of Inclusion Summit (feat. Geena Davis!)

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

Strike for the Climate
Get down to Aotea Square from midday today for a rally and then march down Queen St. The march, the third nationwide action organised by School Strike 4 Climate, aims to keep the pressure on our Government to act now on climate change. While organised by students, this time they've asked adults to join them, and they hope to make it the biggest one yet. Read more about the strike and how you can participate in this Stuff article.
Friday 27 September | Aotea Square

The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us
This exhibition opens at the Gus Fisher Gallery on Friday night, and will run until December 14. Featuring contemporary artwork by politically motivated artists, the exhibition deals with issues such as borders and  migration and asks: why does freedom of movement often appear to be a Western privilege? The opening event starts at 6pm. 
Friday 27 September |
Gus Fisher Gallery

Fuse Markets in Takapuna
The spring edition of this boutique market is being held in a covered courtyard and features local talents in fashion, florals and food - it's free entry, but gold coin donations are encouraged as all proceeds will be going to the NZ Mental Health Foundation. The market starts at 10am on Saturday and runs until 4pm. 
Saturday September 28 | 
Fortieth and Hurstmere

Cupcakes at the Chocolate and Coffee Festival. Photo: Supplied

Meet the Candidates
Local body election voting is underway, but if you haven't cast your vote and live in the Albert-Eden Local Board Owairaka subdivision, here's your chance to meet the candidates (including Yeshe Dawa, who Metro interviewed in our latest issue). Find out what the Local Board does and why your vote matters. Hosted by the Mount Albert Business Association, the event is open to everyone and will focus on issues of importance to local business owners.
Monday September 30 |Harcourts JK Realty Group, 4 Mount Albert Rd

Art After Hours: Guerrilla Girls
An evening of food, drinks, art and entertainment at Auckland Art Gallery, inspired by international feminist art activists, the Guerrilla Girls. The gallery will be open until 10pm and there will be a DJ, a photobooth and storytelling by Angella Dravid. 
Tuesday 1 October |
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Spice World screening at the Hollywood Cinema
This 1997 film is a cinematic CLASSIC, so get along to the Hollywood in Avondale and spice up your life next Thursday. The feature starts at 8pm and honestly I can't wait to watch the scene where they meet the aliens again, cinema peaked in that moment and I wish I'd never thrown away my copy on VHS. 
Thursday October 3 |
Hollywood Cinema Avondale

A poster for the Power of Inclusion Summit. Photo: Supplied

The Power of Inclusion Summit
Hosted by the New Zealand Film Commission and Women in Film and Television International, this two-day summit is all about representation and inclusion in entertainment, with more than 35 international and local speakers - including Oscar winner Geena Davis! Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi, Australian actor (and marriage equality activist) Magda Szubanski, director Niki Caro and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will also be speaking at the summit, which also features panels, case studies and conversations. You can register online here.
Thursday 3 - Friday 4 October |
Aotea Centre

The Chocolate and Coffee Show
This two-day festival will (obviously) feature two of life's greatest joys, chocolate and coffee, but, in an ultimate celebration of decadence, wine and cheese will also be making appearances. Delicious. Held at the Cloud and featuring more than 80 exhibitors, there will be masterclasses, live demonstrations and plenty of chances to nibble on all the treats on offer [grinning devil emoji]. General admission from $12.50, masterclasses from $46 (less for kids). Tickets for general admission and sessions can be found here
Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October |The Cloud

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