Auckland Live Celebrates New Zealand Music Month 2023
Auckland Live is proud to celebrate Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s musical heritage, artists and communities this May with a programme designed for TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | New Zealand Music Month.
May holds immense significance in the cultural identity of Aotearoa, celebrating the homegrown talent New Zealander’s know and love. As a UNESCO City of Music, Tāmaki Makaurau has a special reason to this May.
With this year’s theme of ‘community and collaboration,’ the Auckland Live Celebrates New Zealand Music Month programme features events that invite audiences to interact with virtual performances, dance along with professionals, celebrate the musical history of Auckland and more. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
Quiz Night Thursday 11 May, 6pm | $18 per person or $120 for a group of 8 people ($15 per person)
Music trivia superfans are invited to test their mettle at ‘Quiz Night: The Great New Zealand Music Challenge.' Hosted by Taylor MacGregor and held at the iconic Wintergarden at The Civic, teams will compete in a special New Zealand music themed quiz for great prizes (and honour) while enjoying a range of performances from some of New Zealand’s greatest up-and-coming acts.
Aotea Square will come to life with an interactive digital and physical experience on the Auckland Live Digital Stage, developed by DOTDOT. The ‘Digital Buskers’ will invite audiences to crank open a digital curtain revealing a series of unique performances in virtual worlds. The Digital Stage will also play host to ‘FromThePit,’ a curated collection of the most recent creative works from New Zealand’s best music photographers.
Auckland Town Hall Tours: NZ Music Month Edition, Sunday 21 & Saturday 27 May | $25
This twist on the fabulous Auckland Town Hall Tours will give music fans the chance to connect with the origins and history of one of our oldest standing venues with ‘Auckland Town Hall Tours: New Zealand Music Month Edition.’ Curated by award-winning author and musician Gareth Shute, our passionate tour guides will take audiences through the halls of a venue steeped in music history with commentary weaving in local stories and knowledge especially curated for this New Zealand Music Month.
Pick & Battle, Saturday 27 May, 11 am | Free
‘Projekt Team,’ New Zealand’s freshest all-style street dance collective will join forces with Auckland Live for ‘Pick and Battle,’ a whānau friendly celebration of New Zealand music and dance. Join the audience at this one-off special event to pick the classic New Zealand song the crew will battle it out to. Then, stick around for a workshop with mini crew ‘Prototype’ and ultra-cool street dancer ‘Happy Feet’ to learn some sweet moves. Limited tickets available!
Auckland Live is also proud to support New Zealand Music T-Shirt Day, returning on Friday 26 May. Kiwis are encouraged to wear their favourite Kiwi artists or bands merch to raise awareness and funds for MusicHelps, a resource providing mental health and financial support for those in the industry. Find out more information, including how to donate, on the website.
Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.
For information on all events across TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | New Zealand Music Month supported by Auckland Live, please visit aucklandlive.co.nz