BY HAZEL REID

Elemental Auckland 

One of the most exciting events on Auckland’s winter calendar is Elemental – Tāmaki Makaurau will transform over 18 days with interactive spaces and a host of gigs featuring loads of talented local and international musicians for Elemental Nights including Oliver Tree, Louis Baker, Diggy Dupé & Friends, Dope Lemon, Reb Fountain, Mura Masa and Jungle alongside local comedians at Stand Up Māngere. Also on offer is the Aotea Square Ice Rink, The Snugs and the Elemental Hub featuring light shows and art installations. There is something for everyone across Elemental’s 2022 season – check out their website for the full program of events.

Asian(Sound)Scapes

This weekend (2nd & 3rd 10am to 4pm) ‘Where The Asians At?! Aotearoa’ present a special free event at Potters Park in Balmoral, Auckland. The community event will feature busking performances from over 100 pan-Asian-kiwi artists, performers and musicians including Geoff Ong, Ersha Island, Kin-Kachow, Creative Creatures and Nike Audrey. Head along this weekend to support a variety of local talent and perhaps even get involved yourself like in the karaoke zone! Check out the facebook event for more details.

Splendour Sideshows 

This month it is all on for concerts! While Splendour in the Grass is happening in Australia in July, multiple of the musicians that are on the festival line-up are jumping across the ditch for an incredible two weeks of shows. You can catch Yungblud with support from Australian singer Peach PRC at Auckland’s Shed 10 on July 20th, RenForShort at The Tuning Fork on the 30th followed by Holly Humberstone playing on the same stage the following evening (31st). Also performing on stages across Auckland this month are Jack Harlow, Liam Gallagher, Aitch, Joy Crookes, Orville Peck, Jpegmafia, Still Woozy and Tierra Whack (who is also supporting Tyler, The Creator at his Spark Arena show). For all the sideshow information, head to Live Nation Aotearoa’s website.


NZ International Film Festival

It’s winter which means the NZ International Film Festival 2022 season is on our doorstep! NZIFF will kick off in Auckland later this month with programs in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, New Plymouth, Masterton, Gore, Hawke’s Bay, Hamilton, Matakana, Nelson, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Timaru to follow. The world premiere of Tearepa Kahi’s Muru which stars Cliff Curtis, Jay Ryan, Manu Bennett and Simone Kessell, will kick off the festival at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on the 28th of July. For more details about this year’s event, check out NZIFF’s website.  


Festival for the Future 2022

Festival for the Future returns to Wellington’s TSB Arena on the last weekend of July to present their three-day event both in person and virtually. It’s known as Aotearoa’s biggest leadership summit and has a variety of incredible speakers on the line-up including Young New Zealander of the Year 2022 Ezra Hirawani, award-winning storyteller Jehan Casinader, Mary Moeno-Kolio of the Pacific Climate Warriors, Paralympian Rebecca Dubber, period poverty advocate Jacinta Gulasekharam and Buttabean Motivation founder Dave Letele. Check out how to get involved in this year’s summit on their website.    

Ancient Greeks Exhibition 

A special exhibition has rolled into town – Auckland Museum is currently housing Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes. This exhibition has been 2000 years in the making – yes you read that right, two thousand years! It is a space where people are able to explore an introduction to ancient Greek culture plus as the winter season sets in, this is also a perfect rainy indoor day activity! The exhibition is on now until the 6th of November. 

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