From December to February, kick back on the Aotea Square grass terraces beside the Auckland Town Hall as Summer in the Square returns to the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Summer in the Square is Auckland Live's inner-city, free festival of eclectic music, all ages outdoor movies, and succinct dance parties, where everyone is welcome.

Whip out your diaries and start penciling in dates, this is going to be a summer you won't want to miss!

10 minute dance parties

10 Minute Dance Parties
17 - 27 January
This interactive dance party for all ages invites you to have the most fun possible, in just ten minutes! Shimmy, shake, bop and groove inside a converted shipping container, right here in Aotea Square.

Led by one of Melbourne's most exciting creatives, dynamic DJ JOFmakesART invites you to rally your Whānau to the dance floor and celebrate the universal joy of having a boogie.

Fun for the whole family!

Films in the Square

Films in the Square
05 December - 9 February

Movie buffs, inspiring documentary makers and everyone in between, get ready for a stellar line-up with a brand-new film programme on the Auckland Live Digital Stage, in partnership with the crème de la crème of Kiwi film and cinema - New Zealand International Film Festival, DocEdge, Screenies and Show Me Shorts.

Kicking off the programme every Thursday night, screening a selection of cinematic classics and the latest short films including the likes of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Wings of Desire, Poi E and many more. And don’t worry, the kiddies will love two very special movies - The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, and The Magical World of Margaret Mahy will be playing the big screen on selected Sunday mornings in January.

Then to make your relaxin’ Sunday arvos become that little bit sweeter, they’ll be screening a drool-inducing line-up of documentary greats including  Hip Hop-eration, Dancing in Jaffa and China Love

So, grab the whanau, picnic rug and get ready, set, action!

Russian Ark (NZIFF)
Thu 30 Jan, 7pm
Genre: DRAMA
Rated: PG, parental guidance recommended for younger viewers

Hot to Trot (Doc Edge)
Sun 2 Feb, 4pm 
Not rated: parental guidance recommended for younger viewers

Thu 6 Feb, 7pm 
Rated: G 

China Love (Doc Edge) 
Sun 9 Feb, 4pm 
Not rated: parental guidance recommended for younger viewers

Music in the Square

Music in the Square
05 Dec - 9 Feb

It wouldn’t be Auckland Live Summer in the Square without a sensational music line-up, and this summer is no exception. Music-man extraordinaire, Matthew Crawley has gone and blown us all out of the water with an eclectic range of musical acts to enjoy in Aotea Square, ranging from electro-pop from Glasgow, raucous sing-a-longs, a special 95bFM Kids Live Stream, silent disco, and so much more! 

And of course, we’re bringing back a whole week dedicated to a wide range of folk music courtesy of folk aficionado and curator, Finn McLenann-Elliott. Musical favourites will include Fables, Ethno NZ, Gitbox Rebellion, and Donna Dean, to name just a few.  

If you’re a music nerd like us, or you simply love a cool beverage in the sun while the sweet sounds of live music sizzle in the background, make sure you come on down to the Square and make the most of our free music programme. It’s going to be a scorcher!

Our Party

Auckland Pride Festival in partnership with Auckland Live presents
Sat 8 Feb, 6pm – 10pm

Be a part of Tāmaki Makaurau’s full-scale fiesta celebrating the LGBTQIA community with queer artists, musicians, food trucks and good vibes.

Following OurMarch on Saturday afternoon, join us for an unforgettable Rainbow community celebration, when Aotea Square comes alive with some of our favourite queer musicians, artists, performers, dancers and foodies in an all-ages, free to attend community event.

Make sure you dig out your disco pants, grab your fellow queens and celebrate diversity in all its fabulous glory at one sensational summer party.

This event is proudly produced by Auckland Pride in partnership with Auckland Live, as part of the 2020 Auckland Pride Festival (1-16 February).

ON DISPLAY, presented by Touch Compass
Tuesday 3 December, Aotea Square

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show and commentary on the body as spectacle, and society's obsession with body image. It turns a cast of diverse and different bodies into a sculpture court where the performers are the sculptures. ON DISPLAY began as a simple human sculpture court and is now a global movement, a growing portfolio of works that explore and demonstrate inclusion through art.

Honoring diversity and celebrating the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, this year’s performance features garments lovingly designed and created by fashion students from AUT under the guidance of Lisa McEwen and Lyle Reilly.


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Last updated: 19 November 2019