Douglas contact sheet from That Click, showing at the Doc Edge Film Festival
Douglas contact sheet from That Click, showing at the Doc Edge Film Festival

What’s On in June?

Auckland Festival Of Photography
Now― 14 June

New Zealand-based photographers will feature exclusively on AFP’s YouTube channel with a brand-new series for national audiences, Postcards From New Zealand, going live on 28 May. International photographers’ work on show includes Werner Bischof’s rarely seen USA series (displayed on Quay Street’s Queens Wharf fence) and digital screens in Aotea Square featuring works by Jeanne Taris (France), Cali Kurlan (USA), Ilya Ivankin (Russia) and Australian-based Kerry Pryor, Helga Salwe, Ilana Rose, Nicola Dracoulis and Shoufay Derz. Pop up TV. Freeview Channel 200.

Doc Edge Film Festival
12 June ― 15 July

Celebrating its 15th year with a nationwide programme for the first time, Doc Edge has embraced the limitations of Covid-19 and moved its full festival online. Collaborating with New Zealand company Shift72 to bring the in-cinema festival experience into homes around Aotearoa on docedge.nz, the Doc Edge 2020 programme is complete with scheduled screenings, live and interactive Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and an awards show. Traditionally presented in theatres in Auckland and Wellington only, a world class line-up of over 70 documentaries from a huge range of genres will be available online, including the biggest number of world premieres of the festival’s history. Among the line-up of the latest critically acclaimed, award-winning films from New Zealand and around the world are films firmly focused on the future and combating ongoing challenges: following crusading journalists, inspirational stories from regular life, unscrupulous spin doctors and corrupt politicians, the struggles of refugees, innovative artists and scientists pushing the limits of their field, and much, much more. Top Picks include First, We Eat, That.

"Rosada Fiesta," (Spanish for pink party) by artist, Mia Johnson.
“Rosada Fiesta,” (Spanish for pink party) by artist, Mia Johnson.

The Online Christchurch Arts Show
18 ― 21 June

The art show’s “exclusive opening night” opens at 7:30pm, 18 June. Online customers get the first chance to view and purchase artwork. The top 10 vote for The Lawson’s Dry Hills People’s Choice Award will open for voting. Our Celebrity Pick award will be announced, our celebrity Chris Lynch will be selecting this award winner. There will be cheese, wine and music! You can dress up for opening night for an online competition. chchartshow.co.nz

Virtual Guided Tour: Maria Brown On Bill Sutton: A Good Idea
18 ― 22 June

New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkega Whakaata presents a series of online guided talks by guest curator Maria Brown on the exhibition Bill Sutton: A Good Idea. The gallery is uploading the virtual tour on their website, for all to become inspired by the mesmerising portraits and other works by Bill Sutton. nzportraitgallery.co.nz

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Encore Livestream
18 ― 25 June

Tune in every Thursday night from 8pm-10pm and relax to the beautiful sound and visuals of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Whether it be from your living room, bedroom, or even from your bath, you will be immersed in two hours of wonderful music which is carefully chosen by ACO musicians and staff from the livestream catalogue. This is a free livestream and is suitable for all ages. apo.co.nz

Never Stop Dancing Online Dance Classes
22 June ― Onwards


Never Stop Dancing now offers six different dance fitness classes of a fantastic variety: ‘80s, disco, pop, Latin, Bollywood, ‘90s, country, and much more. No dance is ever the same, so it’s a fun and exciting way to get your body moving. First class is free!

The Office (UK), Season 1, Episode 3: The Quiz
The Office (UK), Season 1, Episode 3: The Quiz

Crack Up Comedy Quiz
23 June ― 28 July


Quiz host Alan McElroy is ready to put your comedy knowledge to the test with an online quiz night. Form teams and watch parties and battle other bubbles or you can individually compete with your own bubble; the options are sure to get the at-home quiz night going. For the winners, vouchers from The Cosmetics Clinic & the Better Bar Company will be given out. Join in every Tuesday night from 7pm-9:30pm at Facebook: Doolan Brothers Ellerslie.

Paintvine Online Live Stream
24 June


Your favourite paint and wine night has now been moved online. Join in to a fun and interactive Paintvine online livestream and create your own masterpiece. Monet’s Water Lilies are on the program for 24 June and is $9 for a ticket to participate. No painting experience is necessary but purchasing the painting kit beforehand is needed. paintvine.co.nz

Fantail & Turtle Open Mic Night
5 July


The F&T virtual open mic night is hosted by Edwin Judd and features some of the most entertaining open mic artists in Auckland. Join their livestream on Facebook and be in the draw to win an F&T and Aperol Aperitivo prize pack. Thursdays 8pm-10pm on Facebook: F&T Virtual Open Mic Night.