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Auckland Arts Festival

08 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017


Wednesday 8 March 2017, 9.00am - Sunday 26 March 2017, 11.30pm


Auckland wide


Free - $89


09 951 2501


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Auckland Arts Festival – 8-26 Mar 2017.

From 8-26 March 2017, the Auckland Arts Festival will once again envelop the city in creativity, beauty, light and sound, emotion, horror, comedy and dazzling brilliance.

Over 1.6 million people have attended the Festivals to date.

The festival programme, a non-stop showcase of New Zealand and international arts, spans theatre, dance, music and visual arts – ranging from the most gloriously classical to the very edge of contemporary. Add to this the many free and family-friendly events; there is most certainly something for everyone.

Over 19 days the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival will present over 45 individual events, exhibitions and performances by artists and companies from the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, Taiwan, Serbia, the USA, France, Mexico and Aotearoa. The programme includes works performed in English, Māori, Cantonese, Sāmoan, Tongan, Spanish, French and Serbian, as well as audio description and New Zealand Sign Language.

Auckland Arts Festival 2017 highlights include:

  • Power Plant, a captivating nocturnal bush walk of enchanting light and sound installations that will illuminate the Auckland Domain for 11 nights.
  • The hugely popular White Night when, for one night only, a huge group of artists take over the city presenting a diverse range of art, music and theatrical events at over 100 locations.
  • Jakop Ahlbom’s Horror, a spine-tingling and hilarious stage show that pays homage to the horror movie genre.
  • RICE, a stunning depiction of the life cycle of rice, and humankind, told through astounding contemporary dance.

Several shows cater to blind and low vision patrons:

  • The Encounter pioneers ground-breaking sound design that inspires the imagination. All patrons enjoy the show through individual headsets, and blind and low vision patrons can request written introductory notes prior to the show in accessible formats. A free touch tour will be held prior to the performance on Sunday 19 March.
  • The Biggest follows the adventures of a bunch of mates living some of the best years of their lives in small-town New Zealand. There is an audio-described session on Monday 13 March. A free touch tour will take place at 5pm before the show.
  • Lost at Sea begins with a boy and a girl, fascinated by the true story of 28,800 yellow rubber ducks and other bath toys that were accidentally flung into the unrelenting currents of the Pacific Ocean. There is an audio-described session on Friday 17 March.

The full programme and tickets are available at