Auckland’s annual celebration of the arts returns to the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau this summer as Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Arts Festival springs back to life from 7 to 24 March 2024.
More than 60 events comprising over 200 individual, unforgettable experiences take place across the Auckland region.
The programme travels the world with works that represent Aotearoa New Zealand, ngā Toi
Māori, Toi Pasifika, two major African headliners, the Festival’s first Inuit work, a trio of Irish works, Australian guests (including a leading Aboriginal didgeridoo player and Tim Minchin), and a stunning work of solidarity created in collaboration with the NZSO and the Aotearoa New Zealand’s Muslim Community. Interactive line dancing, a mass sing-along, and a free, all-welcome drumming event - BYO bucket! - round off the programme which offers something for everyone, no matter their age.
“Resonance is the theme which guides the 2024 Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki, my final festival,” says Shona McCullagh, Artistic Director. “We deliver this through many stunning performances and participatory experiences, exploring how sounds, words and movement create ripples and repercussions and connect with us socially, emotionally, intellectually, and culturally. Arts, culture and creativity benefit everybody and we guarantee that something in our programme will resonate with every single person in Tāmaki Makaurau.
“Some of our guests are artists with important messages – Free Ukraine, disability awareness, women’s rights, racial discrimination, and children’s rights are among them. Having a platform to deliver such impactful statements through the most exquisite, compelling, and uplifting performances is an opportunity we cherish. Alongside that,
we also spread joy throughout the city with a huge number of free performances, and several opportunities to participate in some mass events to celebrate the rhythm of life at this Festival!” McCullagh says.
Ki tā Ataahua Papa, Kaihautū Māori ki Te Ahurei, “Kua whakaritea e mātou o Te Ahurei he hōtaka papai rawa atu hei hiki I te wairua, hei whakanui I ngā tāngata katoa o Tāmaki Makaurau, o Aotearoa whānui, o ngā iwi o te ao hoki. Ko te whārahitanga o ngā mahi auaha e whakaatu ana ki te marea. He nui ngā kaupapa kore utu I tēnei tau, kia āhei ngā hapori katoa te haere kore ārai mai.”
View the full event schedule and purchase your tickets HERE