The Starry Night is one of the most recognisable pieces of art in the world. In anticipation of the globally acclaimed Van Gogh exhibit, why not grab a few friends and have a relaxing but fun night out with this ‘Paint and Wine Night’ event. We’ve heard the pairing of a glass of wine or two really helps to get those authentic dabs and swirls. Tickets are available online; the event runs from 7pm-9pm.
Blue Planet II
9—10 April Kiri Te Kawana Theatre, Aotea Centre
David Attenborough’s BAFTA award winning Blue Planet II is a masterpiece. The message, visuals and narration are a perfect blend, further highlighted by Hans Zimmer’s epic score. Auckland’s Philharmonia Orchestra are taking this a step further, with a live performance to accompany a screening of the series key moments. You won’t want to miss this breath-taking and informative experience, suitable for all ages.
NZTrio Dramatic Skies 1: Stratus
10 and 18 April Nathan Homestead & Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
NZTrio, one of New Zealand’s leading classical ensembles, have announced three exciting performances for 2021, starting with Dramatic Skies in April. This piece is inspired by Aotearoa’s eponymous clouds that hug the horizon. The series guides the audience through a voyage of intense emotional contrasts as it travels between sweetness, drama, light and darkness. The second show, Cumulus, will arrive in September; followed by Cirrus in December.
Van Gogh Alive
15 April—6 May Spark Arena
It’s Auckland’s turn to host the most visited multi-sensory exhibit in the world. Saunter through Sunflowers as if you were in the painting itself. Immerse yourself in The Starry Night as its projected swirls sweep over and around you. Let yourself be captivated with this expansive exploration into Van Gogh’s life and mind. Enjoyable for all ages, tickets are available online.
16—18 April Aotea Square
Get ready to experience the vitality of Latin American culture right in the city centre. For three days, the free all-ages event will showcase live Brazilian bands, Samba parades, a 15-piece Latin band and DJs. Learn to dance with the free salsa and tango classes, enjoy some delicious authentic food from the market and explore the vibrant culture.
Swim the Bridge
17-18 April Westhaven Marina, 137 Westhaven Dr, Westhaven
Harcourts Cooper and Co are once again hosting the popular end of summer Harbour Bridge Swim. There’s something quite cool about being able to point to the Harbour Bridge and say you’ve swam one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, with a medal to prove it! The event is free, monitored for safety and suitable for all ages confident in swimming.
St Heliers Craft, Design and Fine Food Market
17 April 17-19 Turua St,St Heliers
St Heliers market is a celebration of the creative talent in the community. Highlighting the expertise of unique designs, luxurious handmade goods and fine foods one won’t find anywhere else. Suitable for all ages, you’re bound to find a few appealing treasures or treats. The market runs from 10am-2pm.
Best Foods Comedy Gala
30 April Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
The Best Foods Comedy Gala is back with a legendary line-up to kick off the 2021 New Zealand International Comedy Festival! Join New Zealand’s comedy queen, Justine Smith, as she guides us through Aotearoa’s superstars’ bite-sized sets. This year features a multi-talented and award adorned bunch: The genius Taskmaster champion Angella Dravid, 7 Days’ darling Ben Hurley, TV/social media/felting legend Chris Parker, as well as half of the Laughing Samoans and the fringe favourite; Tofiga Fepulea’i! The Gala is guaranteed to be an ab-achingly hilarious evening, that you won’t want to miss.
Yotam Ottolenghi – Flavour of Life
16 June The Civic, Auckland
Chef, author and much loved foodie Yotam Ottolenghi is touring New Zealand in June 2021. In an event sure to stimulate the senses, Yotam will reveal his next-level approach to cooking explored in his stunning new book Ottolenghi FLAVOUR. It will be an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the man himself about the taste sensations and ingredients that excite him and will inspire your own cooking. The live show Flavour of Life is all about sharing and caring. The internationally acclaimed chef and writer talks about his influences and experiences and offers insights about being a restauranteur and how you can dial up the flavour and be a surefire hit at mealtimes.