Past Event11 Mar - 15 Mar 2020


No longer available

Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre



Two families, two cultures... tu meke! 

When Māori corporate hotshot Hera and Aboriginal consultancy entrepreneur Kane locked eyes at a Cultural Awareness session, it was love at first sight. Ambitious and career-focused, Kane and Hera now have their perfect future all mapped out. But there is one thing they can’t control… their families! 

As the biggest mob of Aunties, Uncles and cousins from both sides of the ditch get worked up for the brownest wedding ever, reality is sinking in. Fast! Will this international love story bring two strong cultures together? Or will it blow Hera and Kane’s world apart?

With a peerless cast including Lana Garland, Laughton Kora, Brady Peeti, Uncle Jack Charles, Mark Coles Smith and Tuakoi Ohia, and created by a brilliant team of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori artists, BLACK TIES reimagines the popular wedding rom-com from a distinctively First Nations perspective. Set to a live score of Black anthems and wedding classics, it will be a party to remember.


Access Performances – $20* each for individual and one companion; limited tickets available. Book here.

  • Touch tour: Sat 14 Mar 1pm  
  • Wheelchair access tickets: Sat 14 Mar 2:30pm 
  • Audio described performance: Sat 14 Mar 2:30pm 


BLACK TIES was commissioned by AsiaTOPA, a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne; and has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, NZ Festival of the Arts, Auckland Arts Festival, AsiaTOPA Festival and Brisbane Festival. BLACK TIES is also supported by Creative New Zealand. ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. The Auckland season of BLACK TIES is presented in partnership with Auckland Live.

BLACK TIES | Auckland Arts Festival 2020

Auckland Arts Festival 2020

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