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The biggest annual celebration of arts and culture in New Zealand
Auckland Arts Festival

Get ready to explore the unknown because the Auckland Arts Festival returns in March 2019 and is set to transport you to parallel worlds beyond your imagination. With an excellent line-up of dance, music, circus and cabaret shows, there is something for everyone. The Auckland Arts Festival 2019 is set to entertain and inspire you.

To start the festivities, Tira featuring iconic waiata invite you to join and sing-along with them for a FREE music concert in Aotea Square.  Komische Oper Berlin 's production of Mozart’s master comedy opera The Magic Flute mixes animation with live performance; critically acclaimed A Man of Good Hope bring dynamic song and dance in African tradition. Jump back to the '80s, and the good old days of growing up in small-town Aotearoa, with hilarious Astroman. Celebrate the end of the world with Grand Finale's choreographed performance. Watch Backbone defy gravity with incredible acrobatics while Blanc de Blanc brings on the sparkles. Just can't get enough music? Other concerts include Death Cab For Cutie, Camille O'Sullivan 'Cave', RHYE, Four Tet and the masters of dreamy indie pop Beach House.

Feeling a little bit overwhelmed by so many options? We got you sorted with eight festival experiences that we think are an absolute must-see. Click here to see our top event picks!

Since 2003, New Zealand's premier festival of international arts has welcomed millions of people. For 19 days every March, Auckland Arts Festival fills Auckland Heart of the City with incredible artists and performers from New Zealand and all around the world. The globally-recognised event celebrates people and culture, and showcases the cultural diversity and vibrant energy of New Zealand's largest and most exciting city.

Discover the full festival programme here.

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Last updated: 25 March 2019

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