The best of Auckland this week: Diwali Festival, Artweek 2019, and more events
A weekly round-up of what’s on in Auckland so you can plan your weekend and the week ahead.
Show Me Shorts Film Festival
Though the opening night/awards ceremony for the Show Me Shows Film Festival has already been, catch the winners – including New Zealand films Ani, Hush, Walk a Mile – and more on the programme, from both here and around the world.
6-16 October | Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
Over 10 days of public installations, exhibitions at art galleries, guided art tours, interactive activations and, of course, their annual Late Night Art festival (15 October), where you can stroll through open-late art galleries, eat at StreetArtDego and enjoy street performances.
Kelmarna Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser
Buy some healthy organic seedlings – summer veggies, herbs, salad greens, edible flowers or tomatoes – for your summer garden; all proceeds will help fund Kelmarna’s work in food growing, therapy and community. There will also be Kokako coffee available in the morning.
12 October | Kelmarna Organic Community Gardens
Auckland Diwali Festival
Taking over most of the main Queen Street and Aotea centre, this year’s Diwali Festival includes more than 100 different Indian dance and music performances, a smorgasbord of food and retail stalls, plus a special photographic exhibition (titled MOKAA) showcasing 125 years of Indians in Aotearoa.
12-13 October | Aotea Centre
???? Home + Mangere Migrant Craft Market
Growing out of the women’s collective who use textile and crafts, this exhibition celebrates art created by a section of Auckland’s Muslim migrant communities alongside social enterprise Companion Co-Design. Opening day includes the Mangere Migrant Craft Market, with artworks and food for sale (cash only).
12 October | Mangere Arts Centre
twenty-seven names Sample Sale
A full-size range of previous seasons’ stock, samples, and seconds. They ask that you bring sanitary products as a koha, to be donated to Go With The Flow.
12 October | Flying Fish
First World Problems 2.0
Prayas Theatre (with Agaram Productions and Oriental Maidens) present the second version of their show, this time with over 20 South Asian artists coming from a variety of backgrounds. They will “lead you through a chaotic journey that brings forth uncomfortable discussions, their internal conflicts, artistic tensions, and personal highs and lows.” Some involved include: Bala Murali Shingade, Dylan Thuraisingham, Gemishka Chetty, Jatinder Singh and Sneha Shetty.
15-19 October | Basement Theatre