The heart of the city and Karangahape Road will be awash with art, colour and light for three weeks during May as the city centre becomes the canvas for a trail of over 50 installations and artworks. Check out all the landmarks and buildings lighting up with colour to celebrate this vibrant art programme. 

Auckland Town Hall

Aotea Arts Quarter: 

Aotea Square: LED strip lighting will embellish a series of poles across this large open-air space. The square will also host a fantastic line-up of music events and activations as part of New Zealand Music Month in May. 

Aotea Centre: Ribbons of orange and pink will transform the Aotea Centre into a canopy of colour! 

Civic Theatre: The walls of The Civic will be awash with colour on the corner of Wellesley St, and Queen St. If you're in the area on the May 14, head along to the Young Gig Makers - Indie Rock in the Garden show!

Auckland Town Hall: Tinges of light will grace the exterior of the Auckland Town Hall, alongside a multitude of classical music gigs that will also be taking place at this iconic building during New Zealand Music Month.

Auckland Sky Tower

Federal & Elliott 

Sky TowerThe Sky Tower City of Colour light show is a vibrant autumnal display designed to welcome people back into the city this May. Celebrating the city and its people, diversity, community and human expression through bright colours and dynamic movement. 

DFS Galleria

Queen Street

DFS GalleriaDFS, the historic Customhouse on the corner of Customs and Albert Street will light up in celebration of the City of Colour. Discover their selection of international and local luxury from couture to streetwear while you're in the area.

PwC Tower: PwC Tower is designed to stand out at night, with half a kilometre of LED lights. It will light up each evening as part of City of Colour. Situated on Auckland’s waterfront, the striking PwC Tower is visible from several vantage points across the city.

Queen Street Lights: Check out the tree up-lights along Queen Street which bring the street to life! 

Viaduct Harbour Seawall

Viaduct & Waterfront 

The Lightship: Broken Sovereignty by Daniel John Corbett Sanders’ extends the artist's original critiques concerning the lack of LGBTQ+ representation in art galleries. Turning to the space and language of advertising, Sander’s screens The Lightship with the simple statement: AUCKLAND. Set at billboard scale, the letters spelling the place name are designed with the colourful symmetries of the original Pride flag, slowly beginning to glitch and break. 

Seawall Light Show: The Sea Wall in the Viaduct Harbour will be illuminated in various colours with bands of light.  

Quay Street: The lights that line Quay Street will also be brightly lit for City of Colour. 

Vector Lights (Harbour Bridge): Designed by Angus Muir and Tyrone Ohia and music by Wild Bill Ricketts, the Vector Lights City of Colour show expresses the energetic nature of people in Tāmaki Makaurau through diversity and community. The show will run from Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 May, and Friday 13 - Sunday 15 May. 6pm to midnight, every 30 minutes.

ASB Waterfront Theatre ASB Waterfront Theatre is lighting up in celebration of City of Colour!

Also at the ASB Waterfront Theatre is the dazzling Leo Villareal artwork, Light Matrix. The installation spans 29 metres and is made up of 8,260 LEDs! Head there to see the lights and rejoice in the wonder of live theatre! Villareal spent time at the theatre programming algorithms to generate the LED sequences and describes the sculpture as a work to be explored. For Villareal, the ability of an artwork to connect people and draw them together is a vital part of public art. His art is now recognised as some of the most inspiring light works of his generation. The public is welcome to come inside, take time with the artwork when the theatre is open. With the glazed façade the artwork is also viewable when the theatre is closed. A captivating installation for all ages, head to the ASB Waterfront Theatre this May to check it out.

Wynyard Quarter 

Silo ParkTank 117 in the new Silo Park Extension will be illuminated in celebration of City of Colour.

And beyond

Also, be sure to check out Spark Arena, Beresford Square, Sales Street Pou Installation, ANZ (Albert Street) and Te Ara I Whiti - The Lightpath and Karangahape Road.

Brought to you by Auckland Live, ANZ Tower, ASB Waterfront Theatre, Eke Panuku, Karangahape Road Business Association, Ports of Auckland, Precinct Properties, Spark Arena, SkyCity, T Galleria by DFS, Vector Lights and Viaduct Harbour Holdings.   

Last updated: 23 May 2022