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Auckland Arts Festival 2019 - A feast for the creative senses

Posted By: Sonja Hermann - 14 Nov, 2018

Auckland Arts Festival Returns in 2019 - Everything you Need to Know

Storytellers, provocateurs and creators ideas collide in the Auckland Arts Festival. With a delightful selection of opera, theatre, circus, dance and more, it’s no surprise arts lovers travel around the country to Auckland to catch this event.

The sights

The festival is being opened by a free music concert Tira, with iconic waiata you can’t help but clap your hands and sing along. Glitz and glamour combine in the cabaret style show Blanc de Blanc.


The sounds

If your musical palette is varied, you will enjoy the range of music at the Auckland Arts Festival. Acts include indie pop Beach House, alt-rock Death Cab for Cutie and theatrical Camille O’Sullivan ‘Cave’. Hailing from Berlin, the renowned Komische Oper Berlin amazes and delights with a moving production of Mozart’s masterpiece The Magic Flute.


The styles

Embrace the sensational, tradition-breaking and sometimes scandalous visual arts on display at the Auckland Arts Festival. Discover pacific style and culture with the Pacific Sisters wearable arts. For an exhibition that makes you think, Wastescape isn’t to be missed. This installation uses thousands of used plastic milk bottles and photography to create otherworldly landscapes.


These events, and so, so, many more are happening in 2019 at the Auckland Arts Festival!


What days should I attend the Auckland Arts Festival?

The Auckland Arts Festival is happening between 7th - 24th March 2019. With wonderful exhibitions and performances, any day is a good day to visit. However, certain events only happen over the weekends. Some weekend-exclusive performances include:

  • March 8th - 10th: Komische Oper Berlin’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute
  • March 8th - 10th: Dance performance As it Stands
  • March 9th - 10th: Dance and music performance celebrating indigenous women and femininity, Blood Water Earth
  • March 16th: Great songs and sing-alongs in te reo Maori Tōku Reo Waiata
  • March 16th - 17th: Jiggly jelly and amazing acrobats, Jelly or Jam
  • March 23rd: Orchestral performance Turangalila Symphony
  • March 24th: Captivating Kiwi storytelling Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere
  • March 24th: Celebrate Whānau Day on the last day of the festival with live music and family-friendly fun

We recommend to make the most of your Auckland Arts Festival Trip to attend during the weekend to experience some of these weekend-exclusive events, alongside the events that occur all festival long.  


Auckland Arts Festival Accommodation

Escape the crowds and stay at Jet Park Auckland Airport Hotel during the Auckland Arts Festival. With all the excitement of the Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Central often becomes crowded with traffic and pedestrians.

Jet Park Auckland Airport is set in native bushland, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and a comfortable 20 minute drive from the CBD. The hotel is full of original artworks by some of New Zealand's finest emerging and leading artists.  Jet Park Auckland Airport Hotel is also near other popular attractions in Auckland, including a 15 minute drive from Rainbow’s End and a 5 - 10 minute drive to the esteemed Villa Maria Winery.

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