Image by: John McDermott (Shona McCullagh Artistic Director)

Auckland Arts Festival/ Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki 2021 launched


The full programme for the Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) 2021 has been launched.  After cutting its 2020 season short due to COVID-19, in 2021 the 100% Aotearoa Festival will take place between 4 and 21 March 2021 and feature a selection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events at theatres, galleries and unique indoor and outdoor venues across Tāmaki Makaurau.

The Festival has commissioned world premieres of several new works, resuscitated some that were cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will provide employment for over 1,000 artists and 150 production and administration staff.

All 2021 activity falls into three strands related to the overarching theme of Aroha: aroha ki ngā kōrero – the respect we hold for our stories; aroha ki te tangata – kindness, compassion and goodwill toward people; and aroha ki te taiao – our love and care for our natural environment – air, land and water.

Reb Fountain The Boy Next Door photo credit Maegan McDowell

Reb Fountain The Boy Next Door (image by Maegan McDowell) 

Music highlights include the Civic Club which is a brand new concept for the Festival that will see audiences seated onstage at much- loved Auckland landmark and entertainment venue The Civic, enjoying intimate, limited capacity performances. The Club line-up will feature a collection of New Zealand’s top music acts, including Reb Fountain, Dixon Nacey, Delaney Davidson with Shayne Carter – and Hine!, a showcase of four breakthrough wāhine toa performers led by Betty-Anne Monga of Ardijah fame.


Che Fu Navigator album cover (supplied)

Other Festival highlights include the 20th anniversary celebration of Che-Fu’s seminal album Navigator, plus a collection of classic New Zealand love songs - Taku Tau Kahurangiperformed by Ria Hall.  A group of six grand pianos led by pianist Michael Houston will bring composer John Psthas' immersive world premier of Voices at the End to life. And the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will celebrate International Women’s Day with a selection of women composers in Shoulder to Shoulder.


John Psthas' Voices at the End (supplied)

Event details can be found on the Festival’s website HERE

Early Bird discounts are available on most events until Thursday 31 December 2020.


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Written By: Radio13