Cul­tural magic in fes­ti­val of art

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Fam­ily Gar­den Time, ev­ery week­end from March 7 to 22, 10.30am12.30pm, Aotea Square

Fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing:

Gi­ant games – Satur­day, March 7.

Mu­si­cal Satur­day, 11am-noon.

Sto­ry­teller Tanya Batt and mu­si­cian Craig Den­ham re­work tra­di­tional sto­ries where Queen meets Greek mythol­ogy and words are fused with world mu­sic

Think Science Day – Satur­day, March 14 from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Fun science ac­tiv­i­ties with real sci­en­tists for kids and par­ents. Pay a visit to the Time­Out Fes­ti­val Gar­den and ex­per­i­ment in the phos­pho­res­cent GlowBooth

Fam­ily clown work­shop – Satur­day, March 21, 11.45am-12.15pm

Think Science Day – Bi­o­lu­mi­na­tion, Satur­day March 14 till mid­night, Q Theatre’s Vault

Dr Siouxsie sto­ry­telling – March 7 from

Wiles chal­lenges artists and il­lus­tra­tors to trans­late their de­signs into mas­ter­pieces us­ing just a cot­ton swab, a cul­ture of glow­ing bac­te­ria and a col­lec­tion of petri dishes.

White Night, Satur­day March 14 from 6pm­mid­night, Auck­land-wide

More than 60 venues across Auck­land present spe­cial events, ex­hi­bi­tions, per­for­mances, mu­sic, talks and films for the whole fam­ily.

Auck­land Town Hall or­gan an­niver­sary con­cert, Sun­day, March 22 from 4pm

Or­gan vir­tu­oso Thomas Hey­wood is poised at the keys of the Town Hall’s or­gan for a free con­cert to co­in­cide with the fes­ti­val’s Fam­ily Day. Hey­wood will play a pro­gramme that in­cludes com­po­si­tions from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, El­gar and Verdi.

Osa­dia – Psy­che­delic Hair­dressers, March 20-22, times vary, Aotea Square

Vol­un­teers can take a seat in the bar­ber’s chair and let an artist cre­ate imag­i­na­tive and dar­ing head sculp­tures dur­ing this street art per­for­mance. Less brave au­di­ence mem­bers are free to sit back and watch the trans­for­ma­tions take place.

Fam­ily Day, Sun­day, March 22, from 10.30am3.30pm, Aotea Square

Body art and face paint­ing – all day

Lei play at the Fale Ula, leave your mark in the pat­tern – all day.

Remix the Orches­tra con­cert – 10.30am-11.30am. Six young Auck­land mu­si­cians de­but their orig­i­nal mu­sic ac­com­pa­nied by the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra and ur­ban mu­si­cians.

Mon­u­men­tal Pa­per Scape col­lab­o­ra­tive sculp­ture from 10.30am-2.30pm. Help cre­ate a large-scale, col­lab­o­ra­tive sculp­ture us­ing pa­per, flax and sup­ple­jack with artist Iona Mathe­son.

Mes­meric Mime shows – 10.45am and 2pm.

Tioka Toi gar­den art board – 11am-3pm. A chance to get cre­ative and add to the gar­den’s art­work along­side artist Martin Awa Clarke Lang­don.

Osa­dia – psy­che­delic hair­dressers – 11.30am2.30pm.

Fam­ily clown work­shop – 12.15pm

IDen­tity dance crew per­for­mances – 12.45pm and 2.45pm

Dance and sing-along to the mu­sic of Mr Roberelli – 1.15pm

IDen­tity fam­ily dance work­shop – 1.30pm

In­vis­i­ble En­ergy – Ja­panese art, March 4 to 21, St Paul St Gallery, AUT Uni­ver­sity

Show­cas­ing the work of six con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese artists prac­tis­ing in the af­ter­math of the To­hoku earth­quake and tsunami. In­cludes staged per­for­mances, in­stal­la­tions, col­lab­o­ra­tive work, video, comics and nov­els.

Field – out­door in­stal­la­tion, March 4 to 22, Daldy St North, Wyn­yard Quar­ter

An ever-chang­ing out­door in­stal­la­tion formed by a grid of mir­rored tow­ers.

Fale Ula – site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion, March 4 to 22, Aotea Square

A site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion by Niki Hast­ings-McFall where the trunks of trees in Aotea Square are wrapped with syn­thetic lei.

The ‘‘living art­work’’ aims to cre­ate a site of con­tem­pla­tion and gath­er­ing in the form of an open-air fale.

Na­tive bird­song plays when trig­gered by move­ment.

Tai Whetuki/House of Death – video work, March 4 to 22, Aotea Square

A video work which delves into Maori and Pa­cific tra­di­tions and prac­tices per­tain­ing to death and mourn­ing.

Photo: PHIL DOYLE

Cul­tural cre­ations: Dr Siouxsie Wiles will chal­lenge artists to use just a cot­ton swab, a cul­ture of glow­ing bac­te­ria and a col­lec­tion of petri dishes to cre­ate art.

Hair rais­ing: Osa­dia’s psy­che­delic hair­dressers will sit vol­un­teers in the bar­ber’s chair and cre­ate imag­i­na­tive and dar­ing head sculp­tures dur­ing this street art per­for­mance.

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