Cultural magic in festival of art
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.
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.