Here Lies Loves

22 Nov – 8 Dec
Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland

Get yourself into the holiday season with a steamy night of cabaret at the Q Theatre. “A story of love, loss and obsession told through dazzling disco-pop and inspired by the meteoric rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.” A five-piece band backed by a group of powerhouse voices, this is going to be one elegant pre-Christmas party. 


First Thursdays

Dec | 6PM
Karangahape Road, Auckland

This very special street party is back and just in time for Christmas. The entirety of Tamaki’s Karangahape Road will become alive with activities on the first Thursday of December, there will be music, theatre, drag, dance, shopping and everything in between. Imagine the luxury of doing your last-minute Christmas shopping for yourself and your loved ones in a vibrant and exciting environment.


Studio Toi Tū Makers Market

Dec |11PM–4PM
Studio Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Coinciding with the annual Ponsonby Market Day, Studio Toi Tu will be hosting a unique makers’ market. A wonderful opportunity to support local creators and buy special and meaningful gifts. With 30 local stall holders there will be original homemade ceramics, photography, textiles, macramé, painting, prints, jewellery, gift cards and more. Shop local this Christmas.



Crushes Presents Machine 101: Make Your Own Cami

Dec |11PM–3PM
Crushes, 225 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Continuing with their crafty and beautiful workshops, Crushes presents an opportunity to learn the basic of making your own beautiful camisole. Learn a new and valuable skill while also walking away with a unique wardrobe staple! This workshop is a great opportunity to come together with friends, meet new people and learn something new. All workshop goers will additionally receive 10% off anything in store on the day. 


Wine and Paint Party – Picasso Painting

10 Dec
Victoria Park Market, 33 Drake Street, Auckland

Grab a drink and a paintbrush, no previous painting experience or artistic ability required. Art In Bloom’s Wine and Paint Party is a social painting class that will give you step by step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece in a fun and relaxed setting. Great for socialising and utilising your creative muscles! All materials are provided so all you need to bring is yourself. 


Migrant Poets: Poetry Reading and Writers Talk

10 Dec |11:30AM
Edmiston Gallery Maritime MuseumCorner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Auckland

Join poet Riemke Ensing and special guests in this public programme for Carving Water Painting Voice. Writing in response to their experiences of migration the poets will read pieces of their work followed by informal Q&A. An opportunity for learning, connection and hearing new voices. 



Traditional Māori Healing – Mirimiri / Romiromi Clinic

11 Dec | 6PM–9PM
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Kotuku, 92 Simpson Rd, Ranui

A community clinic used to give back to community and allow students to practise and perfect their craft. Presented by a group of wonderful practitioners that create a place of safety for you to come and shed layers, tears if you need, or a few skins that no longer serve you. There will also be Paulo Tramujas from Kokyu Healing sharing his Ayurvedic matauranga offering an introduction consultation for nutritional guidance, herbal medicine and meditation if you’re wanting to explore a different perspective of health and wellbeing for $20 per session. Allow yourself the luxury of letting go. The entire family is welcome.


Elizabeth Lissaman: The Art of Pottery

21 Dec |10AM–5PM
Object Space, 13 Rose Road, Auckland

Marlborough-born Elizabeth Lissaman made her first pot in 1920 and her last in 1990 while a resident at Crathie rest home in Tauranga. She was New Zealand’s pioneer studio potter, designing, throwing, decorating, firing and selling her earthenware pottery continuously for almost 70 years. Visit Objectspace for a special retrospective of some of her work and an inspiring story of a long and fulfilling creative life. 


Yoga By The Beach

26 Dec – 6 Mar |6:30PM
Vellenoweth Green, Tamaki Drive, St Heliers

This summer, Professional Yoga will be offering yoga to move your body and relax your mind. A great opportunity for relaxation in what can be a stressful time. Bring a blanket and your yoga mat. Some yoga mats provided. Donations/koha accepted. Check the Professional Yoga Facebook page for weather updates.


St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

28 Jan
Albert Park Precinct, 33-43 Princes Street, Auckland

Leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.


Words – Mya Cole