Silo Cinema and the Pop-up Globe return, plus more fun events

by India Hendrikse / 29 November, 2017
Auckland Museum, Fri 15 Dec-Sun 25 Feb 2018

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year

From Mike Scott’s shot of Papakura High School students travelling to Polyfest (top) to Cam McLaren’s documentation of nuns at a Carmelite monastery in Royal Oak (bottom), the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates the diversity of our country. The free exhibition presents 65 beautifully backlit photographs and is definitely worth a visit.


Lightpath Festival

Te Ara I Whiti/Lightpath, Sat 2 Dec

Te Ara I Whiti is turning two, so Bike Auckland is hosting a block party; highlights are Mercury Plaza’s car park becoming an outdoor foodcourt, plus a beer garden.

Canada St, central city

Silo Cinema season

Silo Park, from Fri 22 Dec

Our favourite Friday night outdoor cinema is back, with a season including film fest fave I Am Not Your Negro, Dunkirk and classic The Labyrinth.

Wynyard Quarter, central city

Mick Jenkins and the Underachievers

Powerstation, Wed 21 Mar 2018

If you didn’t go to Laneway ‘17, you missed out on the talented Jenkins. But don’t fret: the hip-hop act is back next year.

33 Mount Eden Rd, Grafton

Karl Maughan: Zig-Zag

Gow Langsford Gallery, on until Sat 9 Dec

Dedicated to painting gardens, Karl Maughan’s floral canvases have been the focus of his work for the past 30 years. “[Gardens] are... the first instance of humans asserting their control over nature,” says Maughan.

26 Lorne St, central city

Metropolitan Opera

Rialto Newmarket, on until Mon 22 Aug 2018

Don’t miss the magnificent Metropolitan Opera, recorded in New York and screened at your local Rialto cinema. Mozart’s Die Zauberflote starts 9 December, so nab your tickets ASAP as seats are limited.

167-169 Broadway, Newmarket

Pop-up Globe

Pop-up Globe, from Thu 7 Dec

Pop-up Globe – the annual Shakespeare extravaganza – is back this week. Popping up in Ellerslie, the structure is based on Shakespeare’s famed Globe Theatre and will play host to five plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors.

80 Ascot Avenue, Ellerslie

Touch Compass

Aotea Square, Fri 1-Fri 8 Dec

Showcasing tools that help people with disabilities, this five-piece mixed abilities group will put on a futuristic dance show as part of Auckland Live’s Summer in the Square.

Aotea Square, central city

First Thursdays

Karangahape Road, Thu 7 Dec

Start your weekend shenanigans early with this circus-themed street carnival. Go wild for fire dancers and fortune tellers, and keep your eyes peeled for cute artisan goods.

K’ Rd precinct

SkyCity Winter Wonderland

Sky Tower, until Christmas

Celebrate Christmas like the northern hemisphere at SkyCity’s pop-up, which is a wonderful free light show with Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Federal St, central city

Flying Carpet

Anna Miles Gallery, until Sat 23 Dec

It’s no Aladdin, but this round-up of artists is nearly as magical. Described as an end of year cornucopia, this curation of beautiful objects gives you the chance to sort your Christmas pressies. From Richard Stratton’s teapots (left) to paintings by Kate Small, there’s something special for everyone.

10/30 Upper Queen St


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