ARTS FEST KICKS OFF
The annual Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) kicked off on Wednesday marking two weeks of music, dance, theatre and art. The programme features seven world premieres, 23 New Zealand premieres and events exclusive to Auckland. It includes works performed in English, Maori, Cantonese, Samoan, Tongan, Spanish, French, Serbian, as well as audio description and New Zealand Sign Language. There are nearly 50 events this year, delivered by nearly 1000 artists hailing from 20 countries. It runs until March 26.