The Auckland Arts Festival is back for 2022! A dynamite programme has been brewing and the first three, stellar shows in the Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki / Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) 2022 lineup has been announced, with something for families, music, and theatre lovers alike:
He Kōpara - an evening of sublime music featuring legendary jazz vocalist Whirimako Black with Allana Goldsmith, Leon Wharekura and Dixon Nacey. He pō puoro nā tēnei kāhui waiata rōreka.
A Stab in the Dark - the much-anticipated world premiere play by tantalizing theatre-makers Nightsong.
Alatini brought to you and the whole aiga/family by much-loved Pacific musical theatre collective Sau E Siva Creatives.
Wild Once More: Co-curated by Robbie Handcock and Christopher Ulutupu, this exhibition explores moving-image practices from a group of queer artists working in Aotearoa.
Tātou, Tātou E!: A massive sing-along in Aotea Square to open the festival. MC Pere Wihongi and musician Maaka Pohatu will lead the crowd in well-known waiata including ‘Pō Karekare Ana’, ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi’, and ‘E Pāpā Waiari’, alongside a new playlist.
He Kōpara: An evening of sublime music to open the Festival with class and style. One of the most distinctive soul singers in Aotearoa – Whirimako Black – performs with Allana Goldsmith and Leon Wharekura, directed by Dixon Nacey.
Venus Rising: The Royal New Zealand Ballet performs three extraordinary works by three formidable female choreographers in a generous, glorious celebration of ballet.
Truth & Lies: Cabaret that dances through the light and shadows of naked truth, bare-faced lies, and the complexity of everything in between. Aerialists and acrobats will challenge you to take flying leaps of faith and suspend your beliefs.
to fashion: dressing Aotearoa: Twelve distinctive individuals, including poet Tayi Tibble, mental health advocate Sir John Kirwan, and K’ Road chronicler Six have fashioned their personal appearance in a way that expresses their identity for these vibrant life-size portraits by award-winning photographer Edith Amituanai.
BLKCITY presents: The Diaspora: New Zealand’s hottest African hip-hop supergroup brings together some of the most respected names in the local hip-hop scene, for a vibrant, positive expression of music and identity.
Double Goer: A surreal work by New Zealand choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull which comprises visual art, intricate costume design, a hand-painted set, and puppetry.
Truth Bombs Comedy Series: To celebrate 40 years as performers, the Topp Twins will share the stories behind some of their iconic songs that became the soundtrack to New Zealand’s protest movement of the 1980s, in The Topp Twins - the Art of Protest. Pax Assadi (Comedy - The Essential Service?) and James Nokise (Auckland Sux) will also deliver their truths.
Ihirangaranga: Taonga puoro, live music, spoken word, and real-time painting in a multimedia performance that draws upon cultural concepts to transport the audience to another dimension.
Lysander's Aunty: Trick of the Light have done it again. Retaining the madness and magic of the original A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this humorous re-work in partnership with Auckland Theatre Company and Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts is a riotous clash of youth and middle age, of urban and rural identity, of conformity and rebellion…all played out in the NZ bush.
Avantdale Bowling Club: “Irrelevant jazz from an island nation off the coast of Antarctica” - Tom Scott.
imugi 이무기 and Hans.: Sensational duo imugi 이무기 and buzzing Kiwi-Korean rapper Hans. share the stage for a double-bill of silky smooth electronic pop and laid-back, feel-good hip-hop.
Full Moon Folk Ball: A sold-out highlight from the 2021 Festival, the social dance event of the year - led by New Zealand dance legend Michael Parmenter - returns. This time it’s in the Town Hall.
Deafinitely True: Too many people view deafness as a deficiency rather than a separate linguistic context and worldview. This panel discussion will be delivered entirely in New Zealand Sign Language, and interpreted into spoken English.
Legacy Vogue Ball: Featuring the leading exponents of the vogue ballroom movement, this is a spectacle of fashion, wild choreography and outrageous attitude.
Jonathan Bree: The masked maverick and co-founder of The Brunettes makes a rare appearance in Tāmaki Makaurau, debuting new songs and crowd favourites, before departing for a European tour.
The Dalai Lama’s Inner World: For the first time, songs from the Dalai Lama’s debut album will be performed live as an immersive sensory experience incorporating recordings of His Holiness, lush visuals by Tiffany Singh, and an expansive nine-piece band.
The Mixtape - Live: RNZ’s Music 101 host Charlotte Ryan presents a very special Sunday evening listening party and kōrero with Grammy-winning composer and musician Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords).
Waves & Lines: An evening of powerful, deeply felt music, featuring soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble, inspired by a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry by Hamilton-born, New York-based composer Gemma Peacocke.
Home Truths: Join Jack Tame in conversation with Whatitiri, Carmen Parahi, Barbara Dreaver and Patrick Gower as they investigate how the media has come to terms with their own attitudes and practices in order to discuss race and racism.
Bill Withers Social Club: A supergroup of top vocalists - Troy Kingi, Rio Hemopo, and L.A. Mitchell and an all-star band – perform an ode to a singer-songwriter whose stories of love, hardship, friendship, and whānau have shaped a generation of Aotearoa musicians and touched the world.