All the noteworthy events you need to be adding to your calendar this March

Where on earth did February go? We’re feeling deeply saddened that the second month of the year seemed nothing more than a blip in time, but at least the arrival of March does mean one thing: a plethora of exciting events are on the horizon. Be sure to inject a little culture into your life this coming month via these 19 unmissable events.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is one of the pre-eminent rock musicians of our time, responsible for some of the best in rock, funk and soul. He’s about to tour New Zealand for the first time. Renowned for his livewire on-stage presence, his upcoming show — which will see classic hits, alongside new music from his most recent album, Raise Vibration — will be nothing short of hair-raising.
For more information and tickets, click here.
31st March, Spark Arena

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Cinema Peroni

Another summer, another exquisite assortment of all things Italiano, courtesy of Cinema Peroni. This year’s alfresco experience will take place under the stars at Takutai Square, and will be open to members of the public for the first time. The film shown still remains firmly under wraps, but if the previous year’s are anything to go by, it will be an undeniably entertaining affair.
For more information and tickets, click here.
12th – 18th March, Takutai Square

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

You know the story by now: two young Mormon missionaries head to a remote, Ugandan village in the hope of converting its inhabitants. It is a box office powerhouse known to delight and shock in equal measure, one with nine Tony Awards under its belt, no less.
For more information and tickets, click here
6th – 22nd March, The Civic

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

Enchanted Worlds

‘Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo’ provides an exciting introduction to Japan’s intriguing Edo period, by touching upon the characters, places and pastimes that were prominent during those 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the world.
For more information and tickets, click here
7th March – 1st June, Auckland Art Gallery

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

There’s been talk for quite some time, but nobody knew for sure. So when emo heroes My Chemical Romance announced they had reunited, and that they were coming to New Zealand for one show, (supported by Jimmy Eat World, no less) the hearts of indie kids throughout the country skipped a beat. Grab your eyeliner, this one is going to be one for the books.
For more information, click here
25th March, Western Springs

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Limbo Unhinged

Like a normal circus, but on steroids, Limbo Unhinged sees an eye-watering medley of pyrotechnics, aerial acrobatics and sword-swallowing set against a titillating live soundtrack. The event, a new concept from circus-cabaret maestros Strut & Fret, pushes circus craft to its most daring limits, and will be a sure-fire way to keep all the family entertained.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th-29th March, Aotea Square

Detours

Detours

Detours

Detours

Gow Langsford Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Detours’ brings together works by two Berlin-based contemporary artists, Bernard Frize and Imi Knoebel, and, in doing so, questions us to consider the narrative of abstraction in western painting.   
For more information, click here.
11th March – 4th April, Gow Langsford Gallery

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc

Dry clean your whites because this month the ultra-elegant Le Diner en Blanc is due to make its grand return, set to delight the sartorially aware gastronomes of Auckland once again. As with last year, the event’s alfresco location remains firmly under wraps, and will only be revealed on the day.
For more information and tickets, click here
21st March

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness

In 2003 they had us believing in a thing called love, and had us rocking out at Christmas time (and every year after that, no less). Now, British rock band The Darkness are set to do it all over again, with their upcoming gig ‘Easter Is Coming.’
For more information and tickets, click here.
20th March
 

Mulan

Mulan

Mulan

Mulan

The release of Mulan — the latest in a string of Disney live-action remakes — is finally upon us and it’s showcasing a dazzling display of fine, homegrown talent. Not only is it directed by Kiwi filmmaker Niki Caro — with much of the filming taking place on home soil in the Waikato district — but Auckland Graffiti actor Yoson An will be playing Chen Honghui, Mulan’s love interest.
In cinemas March 26th

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding

Homegrown singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is returning home, with an all-encompassing New Zealand tour to boot. It’s her haunting tunes and peculiar on-stage presence that piqued our interest back when came on the scene just a few years ago, something which has increased tenfold since. Joined by fellow indie artists Weyes Blood and Purple Pilgrims, the jamp-packed evening is sure to be one that won’t disappoint. 
For more information and tickets, click here
14th March, Auckland Town Hall 

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

British lothario and charming loud-mouth Russell Brand has never been one to shy away from voicing his opinions. In which case we will admit that we’re not entirely sure what to expect from his upcoming 90-minute talk — where he will discuss the personal development, wellness and spirituality he has ventured into to avoid self-destruction — but we know that it will be entertaining, at the very least. 
For more information and tickets, click here
14th – 15th March, Bruce Mason Centre

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

The Dobre Brothers

An event that is most likely one for the younger, more technologically adept amongst us, The Dobre Brothers will see Youtube personalities Lucas, Marcus, Cyrus and Darius Dobre take to the stage to perform much of their renowned pranks, skits, gymnastics, stunts and crazy challenges. With 14-million subscribers and 2-billion YouTube views accumulated, even if social media influencers aren’t your thing, it pays to acknowledge that they’re clearly doing something right. 
For more information and tickets, click here
28th March, Aotea Centre

Black Lover

Black Lover

Black Lover

Black Lover

Ex-pat New Zealander Sir Garfield Todd, as the Prime Minister of Rhodesia in 1958, became an opponent of white minority rule before being ousted from politics for being a “black lover.” Todd’s ongoing fight for racial equality and opposition to white minority rule led to his house arrest in 1965, the starting point for this story by award-winning playwright Stanley Makuwe. His play, Black Lover, brings to life this iconic New Zealander. 
For more information and tickets, click here
6th March – 4th April, Q Theatre

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

Party In The Spark

With electronic twosome Peking Duk, genre-splicing band Drax Project, local indie group Mako Road and DJ duo Katayanagi Twins amongst the line-up, we can only suspect that Auckland University Students’ Association event Party In The Spark will be a rip-roaring success. 
For more information and tickets, click here
4th March, Spark Arena 

Pixies

Pixies

Pixies

Pixies

American alternative rock band Pixies are bringing their mammoth world tour to New Zealand, touching down in Auckland for just one night only. The influential four-piece will be performing songs both new and old from their vast repertoire, including early classics like ‘Bone Machine,’ ‘Gigantic,’ and ‘Where Is My Mind?’ 
For more information and tickets, click here.
6th March, Spark Arena

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

Ari Lennox

The first female artist signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label has some serious talent, boasting an utterly distinctive voice that is at once lush and soulful. This March she’ll be bringing her captivating hits, including ‘Shea Butter Baby,’ ‘Up Late’, and ‘BMO’, to Auckland’s Powerstation. 
For more information and tickets, click here
10th March

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

Snow White

The worlds of fashion and dance collide in this wondrous reimagining of the classic fairytale, Snow White. Crafted at the hands of acclaimed French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, the latest production to grace the Aotea Centre stage is deliciously dark and bewitchingly sexy, and laden with costumes created by legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Suffice to say this production will be a visual spectacle for more reasons than one.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th – 15th March, Aotea Centre

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

Saint Jhn

He’s the rapper who has written songs for Usher, Gorgon City, Kiesza and Nico & Vinz, opened for Post Malone on tour and has even been given the seal of approval by Beyonce — having co-written and performed alongside Blue Ivy on her track ‘Brown Skin Girl.’ Needless to say, he is the up-and-coming rapper who is on everybody’s lips, and his imminent arrival is sure to excite Auckland fans.
For more information and tickets, click here
7th March

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