What’s On | February 2020

Fat Feb: Writing the Fat Experience

Vunilagi Vou, 4/256 Great South Road
8 February, 6pm-8pm

Vunilagi Vou’s #FATFEB kicks off with Writing the Fat Experience, a workshop facilitated by Elyssia Wilson-Heti. “In 2020, we are actively reclaiming language and writing ourselves into existence. This is an unconventional writing workshop where we will be using movement, props and talanoa to celebrate and empower each other. Please bring an open mind, an open heart and comfy clothes, ready to share space discussing and writing the fat experience.” Participants are asked to bring along an item that holds significance.

Japan Day

217 Green Lane, Epsom
9 February, 10am-6pm


Japan Day is New Zealand’s biggest annual Japanese festival and aims to further mutual understanding between Japan and New Zealand by sharing traditional and contemporary Japanese cultures. Now running for 19 years, there are many Japanese food stalls!


The Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain
10 February, 6pm-8:30pm


David Farrier will moderate a panel discussion at Auckland Museum this year during Pride Festival. The panel includes Louisa Wall, Welby Ings, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and will look at laws passed in our country’s history and acknowledge the firsts that have shaped our inclusive LGBTQI society. Following the panel discussion will be a screening of Welby Ings’ award winning short film Sparrow. Part of Auckland Pride Festival. Tickets $25-$35, booking required.


Hollywood Avondale, 20 St. Georges Road
13 February, 7:30pm


De Palma’s ultra-violent, ultra-quotable, ultra-colourful, ultra-everything remake of Howard Hawks’s gangster classic is the crass flipside to The Godfather. Scarface is a massively deranged and gleefully disreputable tale of the rise and plunging downfall of a Cuban immigrant turned Miami drug kingpin. Al Pacino throws himself into the title role with the fury of an angry rottweiler, while Michelle Pfeiffer glows gorgeously in her breakthrough role as his trophy wife. Don’t miss out on the chance to catch this classic on the big screen.

Sunsetter: Food, Wine & Music Festival

72 Taharoto Road, Takapuna
15 February, 12-9pm

The Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival returns to Smales Farm as the new Sunsetter Food, Wine & Music Festival! This quality event is set to provide an amazing occasion with  collaborations of some of the best acts, New Zealand wineries and craft breweries, popular eateries and food vendors, spectacular performers and more in a unique urban environment. Expect an event that differs slightly from traditional food and wine festivals and get ready for an occasion that delivers an atmosphere like no other!

Artist Talk & Workshop With Megan Archer

Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane
22 February, 11am-12pm

Megan Archer. Molten Caress, 2019. Oil on canvas, 750 x 750mm.

Come and hear Megan Archer talk about her art process. The audience will have the opportunity to create a collage under the artist’s guidance. The adult workshop contains images of nudity. Free event.

Game Face

Q Theatre, The Vault, 305 Queen Street
25-29 February

Told through a series of games, songs, dance and spoken word, Game Face is a joyfully anarchic critique of oppressive beauty ideals and the effort it takes to keep resisting them. After sold-out London previews, Game Face premieres at Q Theatre as part of their Summer At Q season. Drawing on personal experiences of eating disorders, depression and feeling estranged from your body, it mocks the absurdities of our beauty myths with wit, warmth, dancing and doughnuts.


Q Theatre, The Vault, 305 Queen Street
25-29 February

Auckland Fringe is the perfect environment for Deep to bring a fantastical, dark and transportational puppetry performance back to Auckland’s theatre scene. Its boundary-pushing elements convey a timely and urgent conversation for people coping with ever-changing social revolutions. “Live puppetry is a rarity across the cultural landscape of this city, and combined with cinematic soundscapes and a moving performance deep in the Pacific Ocean… It is something you simply cannot get elsewhere.” – Chye-Ling Huang.