Artist Loren Marks' latest solo exhibition 'Free Verse' at Sanderson Contemporary

From immersive art to live music, laugh-out-loud comedy and more, this is everything to add to your calendar this February

Whether you’re into live music, comedy shows, theatre or art, Denizen’s definitive February Culture guide is here to help you fill up your diary for the month ahead.

Free Verse at Sanderson Contemporary

Offering an alluring and enigmatic exploration of ethereal scenes and abstract figures, artist Loren Marks’ latest solo exhibition is on at Sanderson Contemporary until the 18th of February. The works in the exhibition offer a captivating interplay between surface and narrative, with pearlescent pigments carving ancient landscapes that subtly reveal human connections. This is one you don’t want to miss.
On now until 18th February, see more information here.

Left: The Robertson Gift: Paths through Modernity. Right: Queen by Candlelight

This exceptional new exhibition marks the significant donation of 15 influential artworks from the collection of philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson. Comprising a number of pieces from European masters, the exhibition includes a range of pieces, from late 19th-Century nude studies to a 1960s colour-field masterpiece, and is designed to guide visitors through major modern art movements. With works by luminaries such as Picasso, Matisse and Mondrian, the showcase of 49 pieces, including paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, provides a comprehensive survey of late-19th- to mid-20th-Century international art.
On from 9th February, see more information here.

Queen by Candlelight

Experience the magic of Queen’s anthems like never before at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in Auckland. Direct from Carnegie Hall, this unforgettable night features a live cast of West End singers, backed by a phenomenal rock band, delivering iconic hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We Are The Champions’. Set against the enchanting ambience of candlelight, the concert promises an electrifying journey through Queen’s most timeless classics.
Friday 23rd February, book tickets here.

Left: Blanco White. Right: The National

Blanco White

English folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Blanco White (Josh Edwards) is set to captivate Auckland with his first-ever New Zealand show on Friday the 16th of February. Known for blending Andalusian and Latin American influences, Blanco White has been transforming his mesmerising sound with every highly-anticipated release. Following the success of his first album On the Other Side in 2020, backed up by his equally acclaimed Tarifa, Blanco White and his vibrant fusions of folk, indie and electronics promise to wow The Tuning Fork — book tickets now.
Friday 16th February, book tickets here.

The National

Revered Ohio-based band The National are set to make a triumphant return to New Zealand after six years, gracing Auckland’s Spark Arena on the 24th of February. Renowned for their introspective and transcendent music, the band will showcase material from their latest albums, First Two Pages of Frankenstein and the surprise release Laugh Track. With hits like ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ and ‘I Need My Girl,’ The National’s Auckland show promises an unforgettable night. Accompanied by exceptional Kiwi talent Fazerdaze, this performance is set to be a highlight in the band’s acclaimed world tour.
Saturday 24th February, book tickets here.

Summer at Q Theatre

Back with a diverse array of theatrical wonders to fill up your February cultural calendar, Summer at Q is here. From heart-breaking to hysterical, dark to delightful, the diverse lineup caters to all tastes and showcases the incredible array of talent we have here. Q Theatre has also partnered with Auckland Pride to offer five compelling queer events, including Baby Gorgeous and Sirens of the Silver Screen, alongside introducing PodFest at Q, a brand new podcast festival within the festival that promises two weeks of captivating live recordings spanning thought-provoking discussions, side-splitting humour, music, mysteries and inspiring moments. On for most of February, the stage is set for a summer filled with entertainment at Q.
On from 1st until 25th February, see the lineup and book tickets here.

Auckland Pride

Auckland Pride 2024 embraces the theme ‘Beyond Paradise,’ focusing on the need for respite, care, and envisioning a better world together. Offering a vast range of events that span the month of February, the festival’s Takatāpui offering, Te Tīmatanga, celebrates the legacy and experiences of Aotearoa’s Kāhui Takatāpui, blending digital and in-person offerings, while down at Silo Park, attendees will find a big screen showcasing Moonage Daydream, an immersive documentary exploring David Bowie’s creative journey. Queer Yarns at Auckland Art Gallery invites participants to crochet their own pride flags, symbolizing LGBTQIA+ identities, and ‘Club Waack’ promises a queer journey through the 1970s, showcasing the rise of the street dance style, Waacking. With these and many many more events set to unfold over the coming weeks, Auckland Pride Month promises a diverse, inclusive and thought-provoking celebration.
See more information here.

Left: Hyperspace. Right: Sampha

Hyperspace

Written as a sequel to the acclaimed Astroman, Hyperspace by Albert Belz takes audiences on a nostalgic journey to 1990s Aotearoa, in a theatrical experiences that celebrates dance movies and Kiwi culture. The story follows small-town girl Natalie Te Rehua, who takes up teaching aerobics in pursuit of her dancing dreams. Partnering with Haka queen Tāwhai Pātai for the New Zealand Aerobics Championships, they defy convention with a unique Haka-fusion routine. With elements of ’90s kitsch and themes of friendship and perseverance, Hyperspace (on at ASB Waterfront Theatre) promises a dynamic, hilarious and unforgettable experience.
On from 7th until 24th February, book tickets here.

Sampha

The unmistakable voice behind the Mercury Prize-winning debut album Process, is set to play to New Zealand audiences with one show only at the Powerstation at the end of this month. With his Australian and New Zealand tour, Sampha celebrates the release of his second album, LAHAI, promising an exploration of his diverse musical influences spanning jazz, soul, rap, dance and more. Known for collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Solange and others, Sampha’s live performances (inspired by his recent Satellite Business residencies), offer an intimate and improvisational experience, showcasing his evolution into a multifaceted artist.
Friday 23rd February, book tickets here.

The Jonas Brothers

Get ready for an unforgettable night as The Jonas Brothers make their first ever appearance in New Zealand. One of the most successful groups of the last two decades, the trio — comprising actual brother Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas — are bringing their global tour, Five Albums. One Night, to Auckland. With a history of mega hits, including the Platinum-Certified ‘Sucker’ and the chart-topping album Happiness Begins, The Jonas Brothers are set to deliver an electrifying performance, marking a significant moment for Kiwi fans.
Tuesday 27th February, book tickets here.

Queens of the Stoneage

Bringing their The End Is Nero tour to New Zealand, Queens of the Stone Age are set to rock Auckland in their first appearance in Australasia since 2018. With a reputation for delivering electrifying performances, the band is celebrating its eighth studio album, In Times New Roman…, described as their “darkest, knottiest material to date.” Led by Joshua Homme, the band invites fans to celebrate the end of the world, promising an inclusive and unmissable musical experience for local fans.
Thursday 29th February, book tickets here.

Left: Russell Howard. Right: Theo Von

Russell Howard

If you’re looking for a hilarious night out, secure one of the few spots left at Russell Howard’s Auckland shows this month. Hailed as a comedian at the height of his game and known for his uplifting sets, Howard is bringing his uniquely hilarious take on the world’s challenges to delight and enthrall Auckland audiences. Following his hugely successful Respite world tour (which included New Zealand) and the Netflix special Lubricant, Howard continues to be one of the most in-demand names in comedy and is well worth seeing in person.
Friday 9th February & Saturday 10th February, book tickets here.

Theo Von: Return of the Rat

Hailing from southern Louisiana, Theo Von has built a global fanbase for his popular podcasts, This Past Weekend and King and the Sting, as well as his recent Netflix special Regular People, filmed at the historic Ryman Auditorium. His unique comedic perspective, influenced by his upbringing, promises an entertaining night as he brings his unmissable new show Return of the Rat to New Zealand.
Thursday 22nd February & Friday 23rd February, book tickets here.

Culture

Voices of Hope’s new audio-visual exhibition is an illuminating exploration of mental health in New Zealand
With new owners and a new venue, the highly-anticipated Aotearoa Art Fair is back & better than ever for 2024
Eight of the finest florists to put your faith in this Valentine’s Day