City of Colour to light up the heart of Auckland in May

City of Colour to light up the heart of Auckland in May  

Published: 3 Apr 2022

A dazzling display of light and captivating art installations set to illuminate the city centre. 

Auckland’s city centre – from Quay Street to Karangahape Road - will be awash with creativity next month with the launch of City of Colour, a stunning trail of over 50 installations, lighting activations and artworks.  

Co-curated by Angus Muir (award-winning designer) and Barbara Holloway (Auckland Council’s city centre place activation principal), the festival will run from Friday 6 – Sunday 22 May.  

A large-scale visual feast in Tāmaki Makaurau, City of Colour will see city landmarks and buildings light up in celebration - from the SkyTower, The Civic, Vector Lights on the Harbour Bridge, PWC Tower, and the Auckland Town Hall, to Te Ara I Whiti /The Lightpath. Installations will fill the Viaduct Harbour, Silo Park, Britomart, Commercial Bay, Te Komititanga, Vulcan Lane, High Street District, Queen Street and more.  

This initiative marks an important moment in the city centre’s recovery and kick-starts a programme of activity planned over the coming months. As New Zealand’s borders open again, there’s renewed positivity as the city focuses on creating reasons for people to get back out, return to work and explore the city centre again.  

The City of Colour programme features a range of artists representing the diverse communities of Tāmaki Makaurau.  

It is a melting pot of creativity showcasing an outstanding selection of works which people will be able to discover and enjoy on foot. 

Visitors will be wowed as they explore the trail of works by diverse and talented local artists, including giant inflatable cacti, a colourful kinetic canopy of ribbons, and super-sized artworks - providing a vibrant art display by day and magical light trail by night, there will be something for all ages and everyone to see. 

To discover the full line-up of colourful activations, visit Heart of the City’s website: 

City of Colour also coincides with NZ Music Month, which also plays a major a role in bringing our city to life. Discover what’s on via: 

City of Colour is a partnership between Heart of the City and Auckland Council plus a large number of city centre partners.

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