An activist upcycled fashion show, protesting the environmental and humanitarian issues of the fashion industry, climate change and more. Highlighting some of these problems through 'upcycling' (re-working/creating clothing and textiles to give them new life/purpose/style) and celebrating local Upcyclists and their work through The Upcycle Collective Aotearoa.


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The show is about empowerment, inventiveness, and grassroots community rebelling against harmful norms that are destroying our environment and people. Honouring our inventive natures and individual identities, through collective strength, support and activism are very important to upcyclist/activist/artist Lucy-Mae (England/Canada/Jamaica) who founded Fashion Rebellion Aotearoa and The Upcycle Collective Aotearoa. Lucy’s work (pictured), will be part of the show, along with a group of other Upcyclists from the collective around NZ along with special guest local designer Jeanine Clarkin.

This event will be in collaboration with Holding Space Aotearoa, during their Creative Showcase event, presenting new music releases by Songwriters 4 Climate Action. With special guest DJ Empress Naima spinning vinyl, there will also be toutoko from local activist groups and independent candidate Brooke Pao Stanley, Green party members, pre-loved clothing stalls, and you will even have the chance to get a handmade activist patch sewn onto your clothes while you wait.

 This show aims to promote and inspire system change, climate action, industry regulation, a new kind of upcycled, circular, sustainable future that empowers culture and our connection to our ancestors and whenua.

Park for $2 per hour, to a maximum of $10 on evenings and weekends at the Victoria St car park. Find out more.

Last updated: 11 September 2023