Archived: Our Auckland Arts Festival Top 5

8 - 26 March 2017
7 November, 2016

Auckland Arts Festival is returning to the central city in the beginning of 2017. From 8 – 24 March, the heart of the city will come alive with a series of creative, inspiring, theatrical, and thought-provoking events and performances from local and international artists.

Key highlights include Auckland’s annual White Night celebrations on Saturday 18 March, and The Festival Garden will be popping up at Aotea Square from 8 March, the perfect place to grab a drink or a bite to eat before attending a performance.

We’ve pulled out our top 5 events you can’t miss from the extensive programme. Check out our selection below and get booking:

1. iD Cirque Eloize

This world-renowned Canadian circus troupe are bringing their electrifying, high energy show to New Zealand for the very first time. Perfect for the kids, this astonishing modern circus will feature acrobats, b-boys, contortionists and so much more, set against a backdrop of stunning digital video.

2. The Biggest

Our pick for film lovers, The Biggest is described as ‘the most hard-case New Zealand comedy this year’. Award-winning playwright Jamie McCaskill’s film The Biggest follows the adventures of a bunch of mates living some of the best years of their lives in small-town New Zealand. 

3. Peer Gynt [recycled]

Auckland Theatre Company will kick off 2017 with Eli Kent’s Peer Gynt [recycled] as part of the Auckland Arts Festival programme. A contemporary response to Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, the story follows Peer Gynt, a bad boy with big dreams and a lust for life.

4. Natalia Osipova & Guests

In another New Zealand first, famous ballerina Natalia Osipova is bringing her brand new work to ASB Theatre in March for three shows only. Presented by Sadler’s Wells, this three act production features work from some of the industry’s most well known choreographers and the cast will include Sergei Polunin, making it a must-see for all dance fans. 

5. The Bone Feeder

A stand out on this 2017’s festival programme, this brand new opera explores the mysteries, traumas and gifts of migration, home, and belonging. Sung in English, Māori and Cantonese, The Bone Feeder is inspired by the story of the SS Ventnor, which sank off the Hokianga coast and is a lost part of New Zealand's history.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements, updates and exciting Auckland Arts Festival news as we get closer to March 2017.