Auckland Arts Festival has kicked off and here are some of our top picks

With so much to do and so much to see, we’ve done the hard yards to bring you best of this year’s Auckland Arts Festival.

Power Plant
Last year, the Auckland Domain was transformed into an awe-inspiring garden of fire, Carabosse. This time, it’s another world-class event lighting up the city’s eminent green space come twilight. With our expectations pegged for an Alice in Wonderland-like experience, Power Plant can best be described as an other-worldly bush walk where time is forgotten, music plays through sparkling gramophones and illuminated flowers sway to the beat of their own drum. Sunday, 19th March Auckland Domain. Get tickets here

La Soirée
When it comes to the crème de la crème of the sultry on-stage performance that is cabaret, not many troupes can compare to La Soirée. Setting up shop at a spiegeltent in Aotea Square, this high-energy cast of acrobats, troubadours and cabaret queens will bring with them a smoulderingly sexy show as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. 8th-25th March Aotea Square. Get tickets here

Antartica, While You Were Sleeping
Observing the Auckland War Memorial Museum all lit up is no new pastime for culturally-savvy Aucklanders, yet a three-night affair in March will once again make the epic edifice its canvas. Antarctica, While You Were Sleeping will see visitors observe mammoth expanses of ice sluggishly making their way across the museum’s façade to the sound of cracking and dripping water that serves as a timely cinematic reminder of the ultra-precious (and precarious) continent. 24th-26th March Auckland War Memorial Museum. More details here.

The Bone Feeder
Inspired by the tale of the SS Ventnor which sank off the Hokianga coast and is a lost part of New Zealand history, The Bone Feeder is a new opera, beautifully written by poet and playwright Renee Liang and imaginatively scored by Gareth Farr. The audience will be subjected to the mysteries, traumas and gifts of migration, home and belonging. 23rd-26th March ASB Waterfront Theatre. Get tickets here.

White Night
Now synonymous with an all-nighter in cities such as Paris, Montreal, Helsinki and Melbourne, our very own White Night festival is unfolding in a manner befitting some of the world’s most culturally-enriched metropoles. Whether you decide to enjoy the far-reaching evening in your very own neighbourhood or to get amongst some of the curiosities taking place outside of your usual domain, you’ll only be enlightened by this culturally diverse night out. Saturday, 18th March Various venues across Auckland. More details here.

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