15 things you need to do in June

It would seem winter is well and truly here – marked dutifully by the annual erection of Aotea Square’s ephemeral ice skating rink. In a bid to save you from the temptation of diving under the covers for an all-you-can-watch Netflix session, here are a few of the most promising cultural events this month.

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Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

If there’s anyone out there who can resist the molten voice of Mr Bolten, we’d like to know who you are. Coming to town to perform all of his soulful hits alongside the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Michael Bolton Symphony Tour will be one to remember.

Tuesday 19th June, The Civic. Purchase tickets here

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Blanchett, Bullock, Rihanna, Hathaway, Bonham Carter and Holmes. The tides have turned as a traffic-stopping cast takes to the silver screen for this all-female Ocean’s trilogy spin-off. Here, the criminal mastermind is Debbie Ocean, played by Bullock, who corrals a motley (albeit good-looking and sensationally talented) crew to pull off the heist of the century at none other than the Met Gala. Déjà vu never looked so good.

In cinemas 7th June, watch the trailer here

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

A truly Gen Y talent, Detroit native Quinn XCII (pronounced Quinn 92) found fame by way of millions of online streams and viral coverage across the blogosphere. His quirky sound (a little Tame Impala-esque) is best expressed in singles like ‘Straightjacket’ and ‘Fake Denim’. He will be performing live at his first headline tour in New Zealand following 60 consecutive sold-out shows across North America.

27th June, The Studio. Purchase tickets here

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Australian choreographer Aaron Cash and Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez have blended awe-inspiring contemporary moves with salsa and Cuban dance to create Ballet Revolucion. Leaving sold-out audiences in its wake, Aucklanders best get in quick.

1st & 2nd June, The Civic. Purchase tickets here

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

This century-old play is deemed one of the greatest ever written and follows the story of a rural landowning family who will lose their estate if they can’t meet impending financial duties. Brought to life by an incredible local cast, The Cherry Orchard is sure to delight the theatre-loving crowd.

12th – 26th June, ASB Waterfront Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Has Lily Allen finally grown up? Her hotly anticipated fourth studio album certainly suggests so. Departing from the bold, brash lyricism and sun-soaked melodies that were once her trademark, NO SHAME sees a more vulnerable Allen collaborating with the likes of Mark Ronson, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Burna Boy, P2J and Cass Lowe.

NO SHAME will be released on 8th June.

Meremere

Meremere

Meremere

Meremere

This incredibly moving biographical work premiered at the Tempo Dance Festival in 2016 to much acclaim. Consequently, Rodney Bell is returning for a nationwide tour of his award-winning solo performance.

5th & 6th June, Te Pou Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Touted as the most successful Asian American comic to date, Joseph Glenn Herbert, known professionally as Jo Koy, is set to deliver plenty of laughs via his Break the Mold tour which is coming our way this month.

16th June, Bruce Mason Centre. Purchase tickets here.

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

A gripping, dark comedy that plunges Shakespearean themes into the context of a men’s correctional facility, Cell Fish uses the bard’s oeuvre to explore what happens when you disturb the natural order of things.

13th-24th June, Q Theatre. Purchase tickets here

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

If you love a good musical mash-up, you need to get in on this pure disco gold, helmed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Get down to the ASB Theatre for a night that captures the spirit of New York’s legendary mirror-balled Studio 54, seeing the APO perform classics by The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jacksons and Earth, Wind & Fire. Best dust those platforms off — 70s attire is essential.

Thursday 14th June, Aotea Centre. Get tickets here.

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

If there were ever a time to appreciate the perspective of a lens, it is now. The 2018 Festival of Photography is set to take over Auckland with a visual feast from a swathe of superlative artists.

31st May – 22nd June. Click here for more info. 

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Delivering just what Auckland francophiles wanted, a festival dedicated to all things Gallic — think One Night in Paris, involving an abundance of cheese, wine and everything fine — this festival is one for European gourmands.

Browse everything that’s happening during Le Renault French Festival here

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

One of our favourites, Conor Clarke, will descend on Grey Lynn’s Two Rooms gallery, showing alongside photography legend Ann Shelton, with a new exhibition Ground Water Mirror that explores our urban relationship with water.

1st-30th June, 16 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn

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In this thought-provoking film, a technophobe by the name of Grey Trace lives in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly everything. Not long in, he is paralysed in a freak mugging that leaves his wife dead. Taken under a billionaire’s wing, who claims he restore the protagonist physical state, the pair proceeds to work together to avenge his wife’s death.

In cinemas 31st May. Watch the trailer here

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Back by popular demand, this ephemeral ice skating rink is once again assuming pride of place in Auckland’s central Aotea Square from 15th June – 22nd July. In situ for the school holidays, family and skate fanatics will love the fun-filled atmosphere.

More info here

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