Must-see Shows at Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival

Must-see Shows at Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival

Published: Wednesday 6 March, 2024


This week, AKLFEST returns set to fill our venues and take over Tāmaki Makaurau with 200 unforgettable experiences over 18 days – we can’t wait! Here are seven shows you can’t miss.


The Valentina | 7 - 10 Mar | Hearld Theatre, Aotea Centre

If you love space, dogs, and aliens, this one’s for you and the whole whānau! Don’t miss the world premiere of The Valentina by acclaimed theatremaker Anders Falstie-Jensen, commissioned by Auckland Live to be a world premiere at AKLFEST24.


Hear Me Roar | Fri 8 Mar | Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a supergroup of legendary Kiwi wāhine at Hear Me Roar, as they belt out some crowd favourites by all your favourite female musicians.


Bernie Dieter's Club Kabarett | 12 - 24 Mar | Auckland Arts Festival Spiegeltent, Aotea Square

It’s no secret that Auckland Live loves a good cabaret! After sell-out success on London’s West End, Kiwis are in for a treat with this year’s resident cabaret in the Spiegeltent – Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett, a salacious, gin-soaked, punk-jazz season of unfiltered circus and cabaret by the undisputed Queen of Weimar Punk.


Manifesto | 8 - 10 Mar | Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

Sold-out across Australia and fresh from its triumphant international premiere in Germany, Manifesto sees a team of explosive drummers behind a troupe of astonishing dancers come together to unleash a whiplash of pure, combustible energy you simply must experience live.


Afrique en Cirque | 14 - 17 Mar | The Civic

Inspired by daily life in Guinea, Afrique en Cirque transports the beauty, youth and artistry of Africa to The Civic stage with the sounds of Afro-jazz and kora alongside feats of gravity-defying acrobatics for an irrespressible, heart-filled spectacle.


Diptych | 22 - 24 Mar | Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

In Aotearoa for the very first time, Belgium’s Olivier Award-winning Peeping Tom brings Diptych: The missing door & The lost room, two mindblowing stories of mystery, horror, illusion and noir to the stage. Don’t miss this masterclass in set, lighting and sound design.


The O.Gs. | Sun 24 Mar | Shed 10, Queens Wharf

Join us at The O.Gs., an afternoon of storytelling through opera, pacific song, and movement with the original Pasefika opera singers: Aivale Cole (soprano), Ben Makisi (tenor), Siliga Sani Muliaumaseali’i (tenor), Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (bass baritone), Lotte Latukefu (mezzo soprano), and special guest star, Deborah Wai Kapohe (soprano).

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