Auckland Arts Festival 2021 Show Status Update

Auckland Arts Festival

We’re back! After the whirlwind impacts of Alert Level 3, Auckland’s move to Alert Level 2 at 6am yesterday morning came with a sigh of relief for the Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) team.

We have been working tirelessly alongside our incredible artists, venues, and partners to respond to the impacts of last week’s lockdown, and are so grateful for everyone’s patience, understanding, and days and nights of hard mahi. Thank you also to our audience for your continued support and encouragement.

We are now over the moon to announce that our Festival relaunch will begin on Thursday 11 March, starting when A Figure Exhales takes over a Smith & Caughey’s window as part of Acts of Love, and leading into Taki Rua’s Auckland premiere of Sing to Me at Q Theatre (this show will be seated according to Alert Level 2 protocols).

On Friday 12 March, The Civic Club will burst open its doors with the hotly anticipated dazzling cabaret spectacular Heavenly Bodies, and we are excited to announce a fourth date has been added (Sunday 14 March, 7.30pm) due to demand. These and all other shows in The Civic Club will be seated according to Alert Level 2 protocols until Sunday 14 March.

Alongside the rest of Tāmaki Makaurau, we remain cautiously optimistic for a return to Alert Level 1 in time for the weekend so that we can celebrate with you and enjoy a free concert by Tigilau Ness & Friends in the Festival Square at 6.30pm on Saturday 13 March ahead of Che-Fu & The Kratez: Return of the Navigator and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Also slated for that evening as a part of our regional offering is Sorry For Your Loss at Warkworth Town Hall, and He Owha Matarua – Hauntology of Inheritance(Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March). We look ahead as well to the rescheduled and very pertinent talk Living with Uncertainty on Sunday 14 March.

Despite the alert level change we have had to still make the difficult decision to reschedule, cancel, and revise some shows between Tuesday 9 and Sunday 14 March due to the impact on planned rehearsal and travel time for our artists and venue set-up requirements. The current status of all shows from this period can be found below. We will continue to update you as rescheduled dates are confirmed.

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai
Kia haumaru te noho

  • SING TO ME (Wednesday 10 March cancelled; Thursday 11–Saturday 13 March going ahead)
  • TROPICAL LOVE BIRDS (Wednesday 10–Saturday 13 March cancelled; Tuesday 16–Saturday 20 March going ahead)
WORKING TO RESCHEDULE (original dates shown in brackets)

We will provide updates on all shows and events from Thursday 4–Sunday 7 March listed as “working to reschedule” as soon as possible.

We hope you are all staying safe and following government guidelines so that we can see you at an Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) show or event soon.

For more on AAF’s COVID-19 Ticketing Terms & Conditions, please click here. If you hold tickets to an event that has been cancelled, rescheduled, or is looking to reschedule, you will be communicated with directly via the appropriate ticketing agent/venue. No action is needed.