Past Event7 Mar - 24 Mar 2024

Free Auckland Arts Festival Events

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Aotea Square


Aotea Square is coming alive throughout the 2024 Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival with beats, melody, movement, and more this March!

There’ll be pop-up performances, street dance battles and a traveling piano as well as an arts market and compelling kōrero on offer. The Auckland Live Digital Stage will showcase on the big screen vibrant and exciting displays, short films, motion graphics, videos, and a myriad of visual delights from local and international artists.

Plus, join us for a rhythmic journey of epic proportions at Culture Beats followed by City Beats and be part of Auckland’s biggest ever mass drumline. Bring any percussion instrument of choice – poi, rhythm sticks, drum, triangle, cowbell, pot, plastic bucket or just your bare ol’ hands.

Free Events Coming Up

Waiata Mai | Thu 7 Mar

Be part of the largest choir in Auckland, singing a selection of iconic waiata, as part of the opening night of AKLFEST24. Read more. 

BEAM | Thu 7 - Sun 24 Mar

Pop up to your nearest vantage point or come into Aotea Square with a blanket and relax with your friends gazing at the lights searching the sky above. 

Te Manawa Market | Friday 8 - Sat 9 Mar

Celebrate a showcase of artworks by established, mid-career and emerging Māori artists, the culmination of eight whare toi wānanga held in late 2023. Read more. 

Te Kāhu Kōrero | Sat 9 Mar

Led by artist, curator and creative Nigel Borell, MNZM, this kōrero explores transformative activism, the power of collective action, and the challenge to overcome systemic barriers by Māori in the arts sector. Read more. 

Culture Beats | Sat 16 Mar

Get your boogie on with a show that is guaranteed to get your feet tapping, your hands clapping and your body moving to the pulse of life! After Culture Beats stay for City Beats and join our drum lesson of epic proportions. Read more. 

City Beats | Sat 16 Mar

Immediately following Culture Beats, be part of Auckland’s biggest ever mass drumline. Bring any percussion instrument of choice. Read more. 

Skillz Central | Fri 22 - Sat 23 Mar

New Zealand’s leading Street Dance Freestyle and Battle collective Projekt Team are bringing a day of beats, international guests, raw local talent, prizes and pure excitement. Read more. 

Ill-Abilities: No Excuses, No Limits | Sat 23 Mar

A breakdance performance unlike any other! Be inspired by the moves, grooves and stories of this international crew comprising differently-abled Bboy dancers. Read more. 

Auckland Live Digital Stage Programme

This larger-than-life outdoor screen will feature works from local and international artists that will fire your imagination and capture your attention. Read more. 

Popping up in Aotea Square as well as various locations across the city centre

Look out for the Undergrand, a portable baby grand piano popping up all over Tāmaki Makaurau with music that moves the spirit and gives us reason to pause and reflect. Or journey through the city centre with Street Beats and witness the streets come alive with beats, melody and movement delivered by vibrant, brilliant artists. 

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