Every Monday 7pm The Sapphire Room, 136 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
The beautiful Sapphire Room in Ponsonby Central hosts free yoga classes every single Monday evening for one hour. They are open to everybody and all skill levels. The only requirement is to bring your own yoga mat and water. (Get there early, places fill up quick!)
ART EXHIBITION DUAL CITIZEN // GROUP EXHIBITION
19 April–10 May 5pm Studio One Toi, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn
Artists Tīpare (Tainui/Ngāti Waiora), Pennelope Davis (Samoan/Tongan) and Tamara Azizian (Armenian/Russian) have come together to create the exhibition Dual Citizen. Multi-nationality, female independence and the intricacies of cultural identity are explored in this collaborative exhibition. I personally am very excited to get along to this so please come and show your support for these amazing artists.
MUSIC DOUBLE WHAMMY
11-12 May 8pm St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, CBD
Have you ever been interested in learning more about the modern New Zealand music scene? If you answered yes then Double Whammy is the event for you to go to. A plethora of bands from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin hosting all a completely different sound. You will get everything from rap to post punk to experimental and alternative noise music. There will even be some visual artists there creating scenes for your enjoyment.
ART AUCTION MĀPURA STUDIOS ANNUAL
Saturday 12 May 6pm Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Auckland
Māpura is an art studio in the St Lukes area which offers art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages living with disability and diversity, as well as the wider community. They run an array of absolutely beautiful programmes which include therapy through movement, creative processes, drawing, and music. The best part about this is their courses are for all ages. To achieve these goals Māpura Studios implements a significant annual art auction in conjunction with the Sir James Wallace Trust at the Pah Homestead. This year their annual auction will be featuring Jimmy James Kouratoras who rose above his own mental struggles saying that “art and creativity were his saviour”.
ART EVENT AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL
15–20 May Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD
Six days of discussion, reading, listening and learning in the heart of Auckland city. This is a literary event not to be missed, hosting an array of international and local writers, it is a unique opportunity to hear fresh and established voices. I personally am most excited to see Selina Tusitala Marsh for although she lives in Auckland I still find her to be an endless stream of inspiration and raw beauty, Durga Chew-Bose who is a Canadian writer that muses on what it means to be a brown girl in a white world and helped establish the Writers Of Color website, and last but not least Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, who is a prolific African writer and human rights activist. There are over 200 hundred events this year and it is not an easy task choosing which to go to, so make sure you get along and hear what these writers from all over the world have to say.
DRINKS & MUSIC MORNING PEOPLE
Every Wednesday 6:30am St Kevin’s Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, CBD
Auckland’s very own self proclaimed rave aficionados. Morning People are a weekly staple at Karangahape Road’s Whammy Bar, you can expect a DJ or live music, free coffee, fruit and juice and lots of dancing people. I attended for the first time a few weeks ago and was blown away. It is an inclusive and fun community of people who live by the ethos #partyfirstworklater. Every Wednesday at 6:30am, the dates for May are the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. I highly recommend trying it at least once.
ART EVENT (pictured above) EXHIBITION OPENING: ACTS OF PASSAGE
Thursday 17 May Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter , Corner Beaumont St And Jellicoe St Auckland
This performance exhibition addresses the body in its cathartic function. By performing small rituals and cleansing gestures artists trigger memory to reconcile history for the physical action. Acts of Passage will include immersive video installations and scheduled live performances that showcase the most exciting manifestations of the practice from around the world including Africa, Aotearoa, Brazil, the Pacific, and Peru. The artists exhibiting are as follows: Albert Ashton (Aotearoa NZ) // FAF SWAG (Aotearoa NZ) // Ayrson Heraclito (BR) // Kitso Lynn Lelliott (BW/ZA) // Antonio Paucar (PER-DE) // Rosanna Raymond (Aotearoa NZ).
The perfect neighbourhood wine bar. Annabel’s is an elegant space that hosts a refined selection of drinks, serving only the best. I treated myself to an aperol spritz to begin with and later a glass of the loveliest sangiovese I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Annabel’s also has a delicious wee food menu from which I would suggest asking one of the lovely staff to recommend a few plates for you. Everything is delicious. In my opinion, Annabel’s will be the perfect hideaway from winter weather, a cosy interior and a moody view of Ponsonby road will make winter evenings romantic instead of dreary.
PERFORMANCE NZDC PRESENTS LUMINA
Wednesday 23 May 11am & 7pm Bruce Mason Centre , 1 The Promenade Takapuna, Auckland
Lumina is a production that is the result of a collaboration between The New Zealand Dance Company and The Holland Dance Festival. Within the show there are three pieces of choreography, all created by women from our beautiful Aotearoa. While in Europe, Lumina had a season of sold out shows and standing ovations. I personally cannot wait to experience this show and I’m not going to be surprised if I end up there more than once. Make sure you get along if you are a lover of new and exciting dance.
ART EXHIBITION WANTOK EXHIBITION
21 May–26 May Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm Saturday: 10am–4pm Mangere Arts Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku , 63 Orly Avenue, Mangere
This exhibition will be a beautiful collection of work by Melanesian artists from Aotearoa and Australia. “Artists are invited to present new works discussing decolonialised views of beauty and mana. Curator Luisa Tora frames this invitation through the lenses of spirituality and symbolism associated with hair in Melanesian cultures. The exhibition is the third project in a year-long exhibition series focusing on women artists of Māori and Pacific descent to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa.” This is an exhibition I have been sorely looking forward to and you certainly don’t want to miss out on seeing works from these mana wāhine.
ART EXHIBITION AUCKLAND ART FAIR
23 May-27 May Thursday-Friday: 11am-5pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm The Cloud, 89 Quay St, Auckland
New Zealand’s premier showcase for contemporary art, Auckland Art Fair, returns. We have a guide for galleries you must visit at the show. You can view the guide here.
PERFORMANCE CULT SHOW: THE REVITALISATION OF THE NZ WOMEN’S ARCHIVES
29 May-2 June 8pm Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, CBD
Not all women are born equal, this is a play that dissects token feminism. Written and performed by long-term collaborators Saraid Cameron and Amelia Rose Reynolds with actor Sam Snedden, Kate Prior as dramaturg, and directed by multi-award winning theatre genius Nisha Madhan. “I have concluded that the old way is the best way and that’s through revolution. Whether bloody or not I can’t say.” – Donna Awatere Huata