A worthy cause for celebration, Pride is a movement ensuring our LGBTQIA+ community is liberated, thriving and connected as they embrace their authentic identities. This month marks an opportune time to show our support for the community — there’s an exhilarating programme of events in Auckland offering everything from experimental live art to extravagant drag performances. Featuring some of Aotearoa’s best talent and emerging creatives, consult our definitive guide for everything to see, experience and do for Auckland Pride 2023.
Drag and ballroom take over as some of the City’s finest performers feature in Irregular Objects, showcasing their most fabulous and authentic selves through performance art, vogue and burlesque. A breathtaking jubilee of self-expression, prepare to be wowed by this unforgettable night out.
Saturday 18th February at Raynham Park, Karangahape Road. See here for details.
Music lovers and literary enthusiasts alike will be delighted by Show Ponies, an indulgent evening where nine poets will take the stage, transforming into pop icons to perform their works while decked in fabulous costumes alongside bright lights, electrifying music, and backup dancers. Forming part of the programme for the Samesame But Different Literary Festival 2023, this is Auckland Pride 2023’s must-see spectacle, so hurry to secure your tickets.
Saturday 25th February at Basement Theatre. See here for details.
Pride in the Square
Open-air hub Aotea Square is set to host a multitude of varied performances showcasing queer excellence on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of February. From a DJ set by the iconic Diesel to a screening of a local documentary series Queer and Here to a performance by takatāpui rock band Valkyrie, gather your mates and embrace the celebratory vibes of Auckland Pride 2023 late into the night.
24th – 25th February. See here for details.
A festival honouring the takatāpui community and their legacy, resilience and lived experiences, there’s a dedicated hub at Albert Park Caretaker’s Cottage where workshops and events will take place. You can also experience the festival in the heart of the City, where art installations and artist talks will take place at the Britomart and Viaduct Harbour precincts.
1st – 26th February. See here for details.
Silo Cinema Pride Edition: Everything Everywhere All At Once
If we didn’t need yet another reason to watch this queer masterpiece, we were delighted by the recent news that leading lady Michelle Yeoh secured an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Screening on Friday the 10th of February at Silo Park, we suggest you make a night of it, with a DJ, food trucks, and bar operating from 5pm.
Friday 10th February at Silo Park. See here for details.
Underpinned by values of solidarity and celebrating all identities, this family-friendly march is a highly-anticipated event on the Auckland Pride 2023 calendar. The march will start on Lorne Street and finish at Takutai Square, Britomart, where food trucks and music await, allowing the community to connect and celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere.
Saturday 18th February. See here for details.