Your ultimate culture calendar: 18 unmissable events in March

As February slips by like it never even happened, March descends upon us in a flurry of cultural madness, marked by the advent of the Auckland Arts Festival. Attended by more than 1.8 million people to date, it has recently solidified its status as a vibrant annual event thanks to increased council support. And what better way to celebrate than upping the ante with an incredible breadth of events? Here is everything good that’s taking place during March — AAF or otherwise.

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Le Diner En Blanc

Le Diner En Blanc

Le Diner En Blanc

Le Diner En Blanc

A sea of white will wash over Auckland as Le Diner en Blanc makes its glamorous return. Sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, the highly secretive Parisian ritual unfolded last year at the whimsical Pah Homestead, where a crowd of white-robed merrymakers set the scene with their BYO picnics and an abundance of the adored Champagne. Taking place at an undisclosed venue, best get your finest alabaster ensemble dry- cleaned and ready for the occasion.

Saturday, 24th March. More information here

 

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow

After her career as a prima ballerina ends, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) faces an uncertain future and turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous ‘Sparrow’ after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, she meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.

In cinemas, 1st March. Watch the tailer here.

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins

On the verge of receiving his PhD, interdisciplinary artist Elliot Collins’ new show Memory Markers is named after his research; Memory Markers in the Landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand. His practice, which is marked by gripping, poetic prose, draws on the language and ideas around death, in a manner that is anything but macabre.

6th-31st March at Tim Melville Gallery

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington

The Charlie Parker of a new generation, jazz maestro Kamasi Washington is breaking away from the Southern Hemisphere festival circuit — namely New Plymouth’s WOMAD — for a one-off show in Auckland. Recipient of the American Music Prize and the Gilles Peterson Worldwide album of the year, Washington has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, John Legend and many others to inevitably forge a pre-eminent reputation of his own.

March 16th at The Powerstation. Purchase tickets here.

Anno Domini

Anno Domini

Anno Domini

Anno Domini

Anno Domini returns to Auckland Art Gallery’s East Terrace for one very special summer dance party. Join the thrings descending upon the gallery’s rooftop where enigmatic house music legend Moodymann will be joined on the roof by one of Australia’s most respected selectors, DJ JNETT as well as DJ Mag’s Breakthrough Artist of 2017, Or:la.

Sunday 11th March. Click here for more details.

OrphEus

OrphEus

OrphEus

OrphEus

This bold new dance opera will be performed by the The New Zealand Dance Company to a ‘ravishing’ musical score. Accompanied by a suite of live performances from musical artists including American star tenor Aaron Sheehan and baroque ensemble Latitude 37 (to name a few), it will be an unmissable string to Auckland Art Week’s ever more plentiful bow. Spearheaded by the inimitable Michael Parmenter, this promises to be an expertly executed cross between dance, theatre and music.

9th-11th March at The Civic Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Auckland City Limits

Auckland City Limits

Auckland City Limits

Auckland City Limits

Grace Jones, Future, Phoenix, Beck, Young Thug, Peking Duk, Tash Sultana, Car Seat Headrest — need we list more?! After debuting two years ago, Auckland’s newest festival has secured its second-ever date with nothing less than an incredible line-up. This will be the festival of summer.

Saturday, 3rd March at Western Springs Stadium. Purchase tickets here.

The Big Hoot

The Big Hoot

The Big Hoot

The Big Hoot

Encouraging Aucklanders (and visitors) to get ‘bird watching’ as the City welcomes The Big Hoot public art trail. Auckland’s biggest mass-participation, public art trial will raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation in partnership with Wild in Art. Take to the Auckland streets from 3rd March and explore the colourful, nine-week invasion that includes work from names like emerging artist, Grace Wright. 

More information here

1984

1984

1984

1984

Also taking to the stage will be the acclaimed international adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, a book that found renewed pertinence earlier this year when critics drew modern-day parallels in the aftermath of Trump’s election. Presented in association with Auckland Theatre Company, our attention has been piqued for more promising events to come.

9th-25th March. Purchase tickets here

Giselle

Giselle

Giselle

Giselle

Ballet lovers can delight at the news that the English National Ballet will be headlining the festival with a masterful production of Akram Khan’s Giselle. Pegged as one of the Auckland Arts Festival’s most hotly-anticipated events, we suggest you book tickets stat.

1st-4th March. Purchase tickets here

WOMAD

WOMAD

WOMAD

WOMAD

It’s a misconception that WOMAD is the festival where people in the throes of a midlife crisis go to find themselves through crafts, jazz music and people in top hats. Yet it really is a big ticket event that draws in some of the world’s best and most far-reaching folk music acts. Be prepared to take out a mortgage to pay for all the vegan food you will consume — you’ll need all the sustenance you can get for this mash-up of Semi Permanent meets World of Wearable Art.

16th-18th March 2018, New Plymouth. Purchase tickets here

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

It’s a sign of the times that a trip to the cinema might see us tossing up between watching a historic account of Joseph Stalin’s death (The Death of Stalin) and a live-action CGI movie about an Edwardian boy-rabbit in a blue jacket. Such is the quality of today’s visual effects software and the pull of well-produced, animated films. This boisterous rendition of the Beatrix Potter classic sees the incorrigible and mischievous Peter Rabbit voiced by the equally incorrigible The Late Late Show host, James Corden. Flanked by a star-studded vocal cast including Rose Byrne and Margot Robbie, kids young and old will be lining up to see this heart-warming adventure-comedy.

In cinemas 29th March. Watch the trailer here

Hugo Koha Lindsay

Hugo Koha Lindsay

Hugo Koha Lindsay

Hugo Koha Lindsay

Check out the gravelly colours and raw textures that is turning Hugo Koha Lindsay into a household name. The Auckland artist’s new works will be on show at Gow Langsford’s Lorne Street gallery.  

From 21st March.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

It was never going to be an easy task to outplay Angelina Jolie as the badass Lara Croft, but if we were to pick somebody, Alicia Vikander is as good as it gets. Bringing a more serious but no less sexy element to the role of renegade, video game heroine, it’ll be up to fans to weigh in on how the new Croft compares.

In cinemas 15th March. Watch the trailer here

GoldLink

GoldLink

GoldLink

GoldLink

The Washington rapper has come a long way since his acclaimed debut mixtape in 2014, having received his first ever Grammy nomination for single ‘Crew’ at this year’s awards ceremony. The high wattage performer will be gracing K’ Road’s Studio on 21st March.

Purchase tickets here

Mick Jenkins and The Underachievers

Mick Jenkins and The Underachievers

Mick Jenkins and The Underachievers

Mick Jenkins and The Underachievers

If you’re into hip-hop, this double-down act best be on your calendar. Alabama-born-Chicago-raised Jenkins is bringing his personal-political rhymes to the party alongside The Underachievers’ feel-good lyrical ride.

Wednesday, 21st March. Purchase tickets here

The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side of the Moon

There’s something about a one-man-show that is pure theatrical magic. And when that show is the work of visionary Canadian director, Robert Lepage, well, our cultural hubris is just that much more inflated. Taking place from 22nd-25th March at the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre, this exquisite story of two brothers during the Space Race is live storytelling at its finest.

Purchase tickets here

Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar

Daniel Caesar

The Grammy-nominated R&B artist is bringing his addictively mellow voice to our shores for the first time in March. The 22-year-old Toronto native launched his musical career in 2014, rising to fame after the release of his EP Praise Break in 2014. Acknowledged twice on Barack Obama’s favourite songs of 2017, his other fans include Stevie Wonder, Liam Gallagher, Chance the Rapper and Shawn Mendes amongst many others. Caesar has also been included in the highly-anticipated 2018 Coachella line-up. 

Friday 16th March, you can purchase tickets here.

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