Enjoy 18 days of unforgettable theatre, music, dance, cabaret, kōrero and more from Aotearoa and beyond.
Come and share in our annual celebration as we bring Auckland to life with culture and creativity, from 7–24 March 2024.
We believe everyone should have access to extraordinary arts. Our award-winning Access & Inclusion initiative provides discounted $20 tickets to members of our d/Deaf and disabled communities. And, the ticket for their companion is provided for free for most Access shows.
NZSL-interpreted performances feature a trained interpreter from Platform Interpreting New Zealand who appears on stage signing the show for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience. The interpreters carefully translate the play’s script prior to the performance and work closely with the cast and crew to incorporate the director’s vision into the final interpretation.
The following events are Deaf & Hard of Hearing friendly
Hear Me Roar!
Join in celebrating International Women’s Day with this powerhouse ensemble of wāhine vocalists.
Sharing stories of inspiration and recognition of strong singers and musicians who have had an impact on their individual music careers through the years, Betty-Anne Monga (Ardijah) and Annie Crummer (When The Cat’s Away) alongside Julia Deans (Fur Patrol) and Boh Runga (Stellar) present kōrero about songs that have influenced their singing styles, including tributes to Renée Geyer, Tina Turner and more.
A collective of ultra-talented musicians, led by Musical Director extraordinaire Dixon Nacey, supports these wonderful wāhine for one night only. Prepare to sing along to crowd favourites while tapping your feet and clapping your hands. Above all, let us hear you roar!
Fri 8 March, 7.00pm
Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett
Direct from UK and Australia!
Who is Bernie Dieter? Only the darkest, funniest kabarett superstar east of Berlin.
Strutting her way to Aotearoa for a salacious, gin-soaked, punk-jazz season of unfiltered circus and cabaret, the undisputed Queen of Weimar Punk is here to celebrate the sexual freedom and daredevil exhibitionism of 1920s underground club culture.
Come for dangerous acrobatics and fire-breathing antics, stay for Dieter’s amazing songs, live haus band and family of misfit performers. A sell-out attraction on London’s West End, Club Kabarett promises everything you’d ever want from a top-tier cabaret spectacle – and between its filthy theatrics, witty musicality and outrageous circus acts, so much more.
Thu 14 March, 7.00pm
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An Unfunny* Evening with Tim Minchin and His Piano
Hang out with the extraordinary Tim Minchin, his piano, his songs, and his thoughts.
The one-of-a-kind musician, actor, writer and comedian returns for a relaxed, intimate offering – a special concert designed to give fans rare insight into the craft of songwriting and Minchin’s own brilliant musical mind.
Minchin last wowed Aotearoa with sold-out shows in 2021. This informal, chatty evening of music and musing features Minchin performing tracks from his 2020 album Apart Together; musical numbers from the Tony-winning, Grammy-nominated Matilda and Olivier-winning, Olivier-nominated and Tony-nominated Groundhog Day; songs from his TV and film writing projects; and even a few hidden gems from his early days as a songwriter.
Following sold-out Australian and UK tour dates, don’t miss this rare chance to experience the genius of Tim Minchin live.
*The promoter can’t guarantee the artist won’t inadvertently amuse.
Fri 22 March, 8.30pm
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A journey of identity, desire, family, and what it means to be disabled and Pasifika.
Aiga (Sāmoan for family/whānau) is a groundbreaking and emotional Disability-led, Pasifika-led work of theatre told through the lens of the real-life journey of Pacific Toa award-winning, founding member Lusi Faiva.
A collective creative ensemble of women, non-binary, disabled, non-disabled, Pasifika and Māori identities brings this quest for identity and belonging to life, artfully sharing their own experiences with and through Lusi’s.
An Aotearoa story with universal resonance. An honest and heartfelt work that moves you, expands your empathy and consciousness and invites you to explore new perspectives of being. With a powerhouse creative team, this work features storytelling at its core; a story that will make you laugh, cry, think and feel – one that needs to be heard.
Features Sāmoan, Te Reo Māori, English and NZSL languages
Wed 20 March, 7.30pm; Thu 21 March, 11.00am & 7.30pm; Fri 22 & Sat 23 March, 7.30pm; Sun 24 March, 2.00pm
To book access tickets click here for the Te Pou theatre website
O le Pepelo, le Gaoi, ma le Pala’ai | The Liar, the Thief, and the Coward
A darkly comic exploration of the fa’a sāmoa, where family, leadership and legacy converge in spectacular chaos.
In Sāmoa’s not-so-distant past, Pili Sā Tauilevā is a proud Ali’i (chief) in the village of Moa. He has devoted his life to the sacred fa’a sāmoa tradition of service. When he suddenly falls gravely ill and refuses to name a successor, his daughter and son become rivals for the title.
O le Pepelo, le Gaoi, ma le Pala’ai | The Liar, the Thief, and the Coward is a bilingual, modern tale of a man whose time is running out. Who then will survive?
Sat 23 March, 8.00pm
Unable to sleep, a child goes on an imaginary adventure to explore what dreams are made of.
Captivatingly told through original music, lasers and projections, ZOOOM takes youngsters on a journey to help a lost star find its way home.
This charming interactive experience for children and their families begins at home, where you are invited to bring ‘a piece of dark’ along. Upon arrival, your dark is exchanged for your own personal light – a little spark that will keep you safe and guide you through the story.
A beautifully crafted show from family theatre experts Patch, ZOOOM is inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon – and in the spirit of that iconic children’s book, celebrates making sense of the world through art.
Sun 10 March, 11.00am
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The Arts Festival also has very visual shows: Auckland Arts Festival 2024 Events (aaf.co.nz)