An Anzac Day service and plenty more Auckland events to add to the diary

by Paperboy / 20 April, 2017
There’s lots going on in Tāmaki Makaurau – from an Anzac dawn service, to Common Kings at the Powerstation.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tue 25 Apr

Honouring servicemen and women past and present, 2017’s Anzac Day marks 102 years since New Zealand and Australian soldiers landed on the shores of Gallipoli. To commemorate those lost in that and other battles, and to recognise returned servicemen and women, there are 70 Anzac Day parades and services around the region, including a dawn service at 6am and a civic service at 11am in the Auckland Domain.

The PumpHouse Theatre 40th Anniversary

Sat 6 May

Since 1977, The PumpHouse Theatre has been a hub of theatrical activities. Celebrate its 40 years with free live performances and backstage tours. The PumpHouse Theatre


Bugs and Worms and Desire

Tue 25–Thu 27 Apr

After a car accident, motorbike crash and a serious fall, dancer-choreographer Jennifer De Leon has beaten the odds and still dances with immense passion. Basement Theatre



Fri 21 Apr–Mon 8 May

The perfect school holiday activity! Take the kids to Dance-O-Mat for a fun lil’ boogie. Loudspeakers, lights and a disco ball switch on at the mat when you plug your music in. Funky. Aotea Square


Sons of a Bitch

Tue 9–Sat 13 May

Comedy duo Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn have been laughing the gumboots off rural communities for the past five years, and now they’re bringing their country humour to the cities. Herald Theatre, 50 Mayoral Dr, central city

Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind

Sat 27 May–Sun 20 Aug

Roger Ballen uses black and white photography in conjunction with sketching, painting, collage and sculpture to create absurd scenes. The exhibition is curated by Colin Rhodes. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi

Fortunes REC

Sat 6 May

New Zealand expats Conor McCabe and Barnaby Matthews, aka Fortunes, are returning home to play in three locations. The electronic-R&B duo will be showing off their EP Undress, including new wistful piano/synth single ‘Focus’. 38 Customs St East, Britomart

Common Kings

Sat 13 May

LA-based band Common Kings trace their roots back to the Pacific. The upbeat sounds are a mix of reggae, rock and pop and their new LP, Lost in Paradise, has been long-awaited. Powerstation, 33 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace

Pop Knot

Fri 28 Apr

Pop is an annual series of interactive art projects. Pop Knot sees contemporary dancers from The New Zealand Dance Company dance at Albert Park, buoying up the crowd, too. Albert Park, Princes St, central city


Until Sat 29 Apr

Auckland-based composer and sound designer Thomas Press has created a six-metre-high structure (left) that lights up and creates sounds when its ropes are pulled. The soundscape is set to complement the nearby sounds of the Auckland Town Hall clock tower bell. Aotea Square, 50 Mayoral Dr, city centre


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