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List of cancelled arts and culture events, putting communities first

Published: 18 March 2020

Auckland Council has responded to the call from the government to cancel events with more than 500 participants or attendees.

Read the Mayor’s full announcement here.

The last ten Movies in Parks events and the last six Music in Parks events this summer will not go ahead including those events scheduled this weekend.

A list of cancelled movies and music events follows below.

The 21st Auckland International Cultural Festival scheduled for Sunday 5 April at Mt Roskill Memorial Park has been cancelled and citizenship ceremonies through until the end of April have been cancelled.

Auckland Council hosts around 120 citizenship ceremonies each year in different parts of the region involving people from across our diverse communities.

Mayor Phil Goff says: “I know this will be disappointing for Aucklanders, including those who have worked so hard to prepare for these events, but keeping people safe has to come first; protecting our communities by limiting the spread of COVID-19 is our primary consideration.”

Graham Bodman, Auckland Council’s General Manager Arts, Community and Events says: “As we were nearing the end of our Movies and Music in Parks season, I’d like to thank our people who have delivered 34 events since the beginning of summer. We are grateful to our artists, suppliers, sponsors and partners for a successful season. We would also like to thank audiences who came to our parks in record numbers this year.”

Graham Bodman adds it is too soon to announce the impact of the government’s COVID-19 large-gatherings advice on Anzac Day. He says Auckland Council is working with the RSA on options for Anzac Day and will advise.

Detail of cancelled events follows:

Cancelled events

Music in Parks

Six Music in Parks events have been cancelled:

Fri 20 Mar – Music and Food – Te Atatū Peninsula

Sat 21 Mar – A Little Bit of Everything - Hobsonville Point Park

Sun 22 Mar – Brass at the Falls – Falls Park, Henderson

Sun 29 Mar – Love Songs from the Underground – Auckland Domain

Sun 29 Mar - Brass at the Falls – Falls Park, Henderson

Sat 11 Apr - Party in the Park – Maybury Reserve, Glen Innes


Movies in Parks

10 Movies in Parks events have been cancelled:

Fri 20 March – The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Milford Reserve, Milford

Sat 21 March – Toy Story 4 – Fergusson Domain, Oranga

Fri 27 March – Spider-Man: Far from Home – Rosedale Park, Albany

Sat 28 Mar – Abominable – Murphy Park, Ōtāhuhu

Fri 03 Apr – Poi E – Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier

Sat 04 Apr – MIB: International – Te Puru Park, Beachlands

Thu 09 Apr – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Woodall Park, Narrow Neck

Sat 11 Apr – Daffodils – Waiake Reserve, Waiake

Fri 17 Apr – Dumbo – Luckens Reserve, West Harbour

Sat 18 Apr – Season Finale – Brains Park, Kelston


Auckland International Cultural Festival

Planned for Sunday 5 April – Mt Roskill War Memorial Park - cancelled


Citizenship Ceremonies

All scheduled citizenship ceremonies are cancelled to the end of April. Those affected are:

Mon 23 March, 7.00pm – Northern/Takapuna; Westlake Boys High School

Thu 26 March, 6.30pm – Papakura; Hawkins Theatre


Permitted events

Auckland Council’s events team issues permits for private and community events in public places and spaces. We are contacting event organisers to ensure they are following government guidelines.  

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Auckland Council announces cancellations of major events to limit potential of COVID-19 spread

Auckland Council will be cancelling a number of major events, including the Auckland International Cultural Festival and the Music and Movies in Parks series.

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