Who we are

Auckland Live is a leader in live arts and entertainment and an active contributor to the vibrancy and creativity of our city.

We present live arts events at a number of prominent venues across Auckland, provide support to the arts and creative sector; and provide opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the arts. 

We champion Auckland internationally to secure big name shows and concerts, collaborate with national and international arts companies and festivals to present the best variety of performances, and introduce young people to the excitement of the stage. Our iconic venues and public spaces - which include the Aotea Centre, Aotea SquareAuckland Town HallThe CivicBruce Mason Centre and Queens Wharf are our stage for presenting a programme of live arts and entertainment for the enjoyment and inspiration of Aucklanders and visitors to our city. 

Read more about Auckland Live AND AUCKLAND CONVENTIONS management team

Introducing Auckland Live

We seek to

  • Establish ourselves as a world class arts and entertainment organisation
  • Be an industry leader – recognised as a creative hub and catalyst for new ideas
  • Contribute to a vibrant city where Aucklanders can choose from an exciting range of arts and entertainment options
  • Energise the Aotea Arts Quarter with events and activities
  • Grow Auckland’s international reputation as a viable market and attract the big shows to the city. 

Recent recognition

  • Entertainment Venues Association of NZ -  Best Medium Sized Venue 2015 – Bruce Mason Centre
  • Arts Access Aotearoa presented Auckland Live with the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts for All Award 2015; national recognition for our outstanding work around making venues accessible for our patrons
  • Received the International E – Learning Association E- Learning Award for accessibility training for staff.
  • Finalist Best awards – Large Brand identity category.

Our history

Auckland Live is New Zealand’s largest performing arts venue. The Aotea Centre was opened in 1990. THE EDGE brand was introduced in 1997 when the organisation expanded its operations beyond the Aotea Centre, taking over management of Auckland Town Hall and, two years later, The Civic and Aotea Square. THE EDGE became part of Regional Facilities Auckland in 2010 when Auckland Council was formed. On 16 May 2014 THE EDGE changed its name to Auckland Live.

The rebranding was more than a name change – it was about business transformation around what Auckland Live does as a creative leader in arts and entertainment. In its first year as Auckland Live, a total 1.02 million people experienced some of the world’s best live entertainment on our stages.

As a part of enlivening Auckland’s iconic performing arts venues, we have delivered a significant refurbishment and acoustic upgrade of the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and added Bruce Mason Centre to our venue portfolio in 2014 – ensuring residents and visitors of the North Shore have access to quality performances from local, national and international artists.

In February 2016 the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra relocated their operations to the Auckland Town Hall, bringing the administration and musicians under the one roof of their performance home. 

Our future

The exciting Aotea Centre developments will represent the creative heart of the Aotea Arts Quarter. Designed to enrich and benefit Aucklanders for generations to come, they will enable a variety of innovative arts activities and attract world-class performances, events and exhibitions to our city.

The exterior and interior refurbishment projects are giving the 27-year old building a vibrant makeover. This will pave the way for the most exciting development yet: Aotea Studios, a new space dedicated to creative collaboration. 

Supporting the creative industries

We are translating our passion for the arts into creating a purpose-built facility to inspire, nurture and develop New Zealand’s talented performers.
Inspired by international best practice, the planned Aotea Studio expansion will include: 

  • State-of-the-art specialised studios for music, drama and dance
  • Development, rehearsal and public performance spaces
  • First-class digital recording facilities
  • Convention and exhibition spaces
  • Office accommodation
  • Retail, food and beverage outlets

Our goal is for Aotea Studios to be the permanent home for some significant Auckland arts organisations. It will also be a place where talented young New Zealander performers can be grown and mentored, right in the centre of the city’s creative heart.

We look forward to sharing concept designs for this thrilling new development in the second half of 2019.

Where we fit 

Auckland Live is part of Regional Facilities Auckland

Working for Auckland in partnership with public stakeholders and private enterprises, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) is an Auckland Council controlled organisation (CCO) that provides a regional approach to running and developing Auckland’s arts, culture and heritage, sport and leisure sector. RFA provides a regional voice to advocate for the sector and lead strategic thinking that contributes to making Auckland a vibrant and prosperous city in which to live and visit. 

RFA business units include: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Conventions, Auckland Live, Auckland StadiumsAuckland Zoo and Maritime Museum

You can find out more on the Regional Facilities Auckland website.