Tāmaki Makaurau is set to host the inaugural Festival of Live Art (F.O.L.A.) - AKL in 2023, a wild, celebratory mash up of subversive, playful, and daring art. Local and international independent artists will come together from 14 – 19 February at Basement Theatre and digitally, to challenge perceptions and push the boundaries of performance and art. Welcome to the artistic underground. The art rats are out to play.

The ambitious programme will feature over 30 leading experimental and forward thinking, feminist, queer, and BIPOC artists, including 5 international performers, across 10 full-length shows and a full free public program. This is work that takes over and sits between the spaces of traditional live performance genres of theatre, dance, performance, art, music, installation, and spoken word.

The 2023 programme is shaped around the sun and moon cycles, with each live work programmed during the exact timings of moonrise and sunset, with the whole festival ending in a lavish artist’s banquet on the night of the new moon at Auckland’s iconic Satya Chai Lounge. The result is a festival that takes the audience on a journey that encourages clandestine pockets of darkness and transcendent moments of lightness that lean in our planet's celestial cycles.

Tickets launching 1 December 2022

Partners: Auckland Live, Creative New Zealand, Auckland Pride, Basement Theatre

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 22 November 2022