Be wowed by circus, acrobatics, dancers, and musical performances this Auckland Arts Festival. Check out what's free to enjoy this year below!

City Beats | Saturday 16 March, 3.30-5.30PM

Bring any percussion instrument of choice – poi, rhythm sticks, drum, triangle, cowbell, pot, plastic bucket or just your bare ol’ hands to name a few – and be part of Auckland’s biggest ever mass drumline, beating right in the heart of the city. Join Demetrius Savai’inaea and his crew as they lead us on a multi-cultural and resonant rhythmic journey of epic proportions.

Skillz Central | Saturday 23 March, 2.15-5.15 PM

Got the skills to be crowned the first Auckland Arts Festival DJ and Street Dance battle champions by WDSF Certified Olympic Breakin’ Judges from ILL-Abilities and local legends?

New Zealand’s leading Street Dance Freestyle and Battle collective Projekt Team is bringing 1 v 1 DJ Mixing and 3 v 3 Freestyle Dance battles to central Tāmaki Makaurau. All DJs and dancers welcome! See more details, here.

ILL-Abilities: No Excuses, No Limits | Saturday 23 March, 12.30-1.30PM

A breakdance performance unlike any other! Be inspired by the moves, grooves and stories of this international crew comprising differently-abled Bboy dancers.

No Excuses, No Limits takes you on a journey of each dancer’s story through dance, music and audience interaction, working towards an understanding of the limitless possibilities that any person can hold.

RoZéO | This event has been cancelled

Update March 14: Planned performances of RoZéO have been cancelled due to last-minute international air freight cancellations which has meant that the specialised equipment required for the aerial performances will not arrive in time.

Skilled French aerialists take to the waterfront in this stunning display of artistry on top of seven-metre high poles. RoZéO is a spectacular yet intimate new outdoor performance from acclaimed French aerial choreographers Gratte Ciel. A poetic sky dance inspired by nature and the surrounding seascape, Aucklanders enjoying the Viaduct Harbour will be treated to the mesmerising sight of performers perched high in the sky, who bend, drift and sway above the ground to original live music.

Skillz Central
Auckland Arts Festival 2023 City Beats
Street Beats
Last updated: 15 March 2024