The best of culture this July

If we had one word to describe the cultural goings-on in July, it would be ‘big’. With one of the most esteemed names in rap, Mr Kendrick Lamar, gracing our shores and the equally sensational Brit magician Dynamo bringing his illusive touch our way, between films showing at the New Zealand International Film Festival there is simply no shortage of things to do.

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Yellow is Forbidden

Yellow is Forbidden

Yellow is Forbidden

Yellow is Forbidden

Few will forget the haute couture dress Rihanna wore to the 2017 Met Gala. Made by legendary Chinese designer Guo Pei, it has spurred a new documentary Yellow is Forbidden by Auckland filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly. Having become the first New Zealand film to screen in competition at New York’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, the acclaimed piece immerses us into Pei’s unrelenting dedication as she is driven to garner recognition from Paris’ Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Yellow is Forbidden will premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

22nd, 26th & 27th July.
Purchase tickets here.

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

No stranger to New Zealand, Australian soloist Tash Sultana has garnered global acclaim for her one-woman act. Performing all her own loops and instruments on stage, the indie songstress is poised for yet another sell-out show.

24th July, Auckland Town Hall.
Purchase tickets here.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Having recently changed the course of American music history by winning the prestigious Pulitzer award for the masterfully lyrical tracks on his latest album and tour namesake DAMN, we couldn’t be more excited that Lamar is coming to New Zealand. With an acclaimed catalogue that includes his work on recent Marvel film Black Panther, a haul of five Grammy Awards and over 13 billion streams on Spotify alone, Lamar is easily one of the most important names in music of the 21st Century.

Spark Arena, 19th & 20th July.
Purchase tickets here.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

Every jazz musician worth his/her salt has been part of this ensemble. In existence for 77 years and counting, not only is it one of the longest-running orchestras in American history, it also set the standard for big modern jazz bands. Fans of the genre cannot afford to miss this one-night-only Auckland show.

30th July, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Purchase tickets here.

Majid Jordan

Majid Jordan

Majid Jordan

Majid Jordan

Best known for their contribution to Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’, Toronto R&B duo Majid Jordan will be bringing their slick beats and laid-back swagger to Auckland this July, armed with their retro-futuristic album The Space Between.

29th July, The Powerstation
Purchase tickets here.

Dancing with Mozart

Dancing with Mozart

Dancing with Mozart

Dancing with Mozart

The most eagerly anticipated event of the RNZB’s season is a performance that draws upon two hallowed modern ballet choreographers — Jiří Kylián and George Balanchine (the founder of New York City Ballet). The epic, Russian-inspired showcase will delight dance fans with its vigour and high spirit.

6th-8th July, ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Purchase tickets here.

Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo

He has walked on water across the River Thames, levitated above The Shard, walked down the outside of the LA Times Building, made a car appear from light beams, predicted the Soccer World Cup outcome and taken a flight on the side of a bus. And now, for the first time, English illusionist sensation Dynamo is coming to our shores. Having already wowed 600,000 fans with his Seeing is Believing extravaganza, this ‘rockstar magician’ and master entertainer will not disappoint.

26th – 29th July, Spark Arena
Purchase tickets here.

Cabaret de Paris

Cabaret de Paris

Cabaret de Paris

Cabaret de Paris

For one night at The Civic, Cabaret de Paris will transport guests to the City of Light. Watch on and revel in the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, an illusionist and the troupe’s famous cancan dancers.

The Civic, Auckland, Sat 7 July, 7.30pm. Purchase tickets here

Gordon Walters: New Vision

Gordon Walters: New Vision

Gordon Walters: New Vision

Gordon Walters: New Vision

A mammoth Gordon Walters retrospective opens at the Auckland Art Gallery on this weekend. Featuring more than 130 artworks, the gargantuan collection will provide a comprehensive look at the New Zealand artist’s seminal creations and impressive career trajectory.

From Saturday 7th July, Auckland Art Gallery

World Press photo

World Press photo

World Press photo

World Press photo

Touted as the ‘world’s greatest photo exhibition’ this emotive display of journalistic photography will unite the humanist in all of us. Crossing over into the broken streets of Caracas and delving into the realm of Boko Haram, prepare to be taken on journey to the globe’s furthest reaches.

More info here.

Bully

Bully

Bully

Bully

Since releasing their first album in 2015, Nashville band Bully has barely stopped to catch their breath. The critically acclaimed group will be bringing their unique brand of rock to Auckland for a one night only show.

Saturday 14th July, Whammy Bar
Purchase tickets here.

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa and simultaneously explores how far we’re really come in gaining equality since then. At a time when words like ‘feminism’ and ‘equal rights’ are on everyone’s lips, this exhibition explores what they really mean and where to from here.

From 6th July, Auckland War Memorial Museum

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