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Auckland Arts line up for 2013

Contributor:
Samantha Lee
Samantha Lee

Auckland Arts have been growing from strength to strength each year – 2013 brings a varied and colourful range of events and performances.

The year kicks off with the Auckland International Buskers Festival  25-28 January. Day shows start every day at 12 noon - night shows run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7.30pm in Market Square, Viaduct Harbour.  The performers look many and varied and the schedule is packed – a great start to the year.

Free outdoor movies in Silo Park courtesy of Silo Cinema will start again from January 11 with Moonrise Kingdom – you can view this year’s line up here. Hint: plan to grab a spot early in the evening as these events are very popular.

The Auckland Fringe Festival (15 February – 10 March) is coming soon with a great line up of performances that range from Free/Koha to $35 to attend. This is a great way to spend an evening and the prices mean festival goers can attend shows that tickle their fancy without breaking the budget – and if the budget is especially small there are loads of free events like Fringe in the Park and visual arts show Cusp.

I’m especially looking forward to One Night Stand, Bound, The Pineapple Jukebox Dance Show, Elevator, and...grab the Festival guide from places like The Edge Box Office in Aotea Square – you’ll soon generate a big list, too.

The New Zealand Premiere of Spring Awakening will also occur as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival, presented by Auckland Music Theatre. Fun fact: Lea Michelle from Glee was the first person to star as Wendla when this premiered on Broadway.

Auckland Pride Festival  is running from 8-24 February. The official schedule will be released mid-January and will feature a range of events, including the highly anticipated Black Faggot, ‘a series of humorous monologues exploring the gay Samoan male experience, from a camp closeted member of Destiny Church to a butch Hamo homo with plenty of swag and everything in between’, which I’m looking forward to attending.

The Auckland Arts Festival (6-24 March) hits next with some amazing home grown and international acts. I’ve already expressed my enthusiasm but suffice to say this will be a highlight of the Auckland calendar – particularly the world premiere of The Breath of the Volcano, New Zealand’s first ever pacific musical The Factory and the New Zealand premiere of One Man, Two Guvnors.

International theatre imports this year include Yes, Prime Minister and smash-hit War Horse. For musical theatre specifically it remains to be seen if we’ll see the likes of say, Wicked on the heels of recent success Mary Poppins – we’ll wait and see (some of us with bated breath.)

Silo Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company have some hilarious, poignant, thought provoking and engaging plays lined up for the year – I’m especially looking forwarding to seeing ATC’s The Glass Menagerie and Chicago, and Silo’s Midsummer (billed as “an indie musical for people that don’t like musicals.”)  I’m also looking forward to seeing what theatre company Massive comes out with this year as 2012’s The Brave was thoroughly enjoyable.

Also, if you don’t attend The Basement’s Christmas play (they successfully persuaded Kim Dotcom to play a character last year) there’s really no hope for you.

Auckland Museum haven’t announced the line up for their 2013 season of LATES as yet – once this appears I recommend you check them out – an eclectic monthly mix of smart talk, good wine and art/ culture at a very reasonable price.

The International Comedy Fest (26 April – 19 May) also hasn’t announced its line up as yet, but check back here for details later in the year. The International Film Festival (from July) likewise will announce programming later in the year.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet celebrates 60 years in 2013; its centrepiece performance will be its tour of Swan Lake through main centres. Auckland and Wellington will also witness the reinvention of The NBR New Zealand Opera with Madame Butterfly – Christchurch won’t miss out either with performances of Don Giovanni.

Christchurch , Dunedin and Wellington shouldn't feel left out as they have some great stuff happening like the World Busker's Festival in Christchurch and the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington – links to additional events are welcome in the comments.

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