The Auckland Arts Festival 2019 – Top Five Family Friendly Events

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

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Make sure you don’t miss the astounding Auckland Arts Festival shows this March. For a total of 18 exciting days Auckland City is transformed into a vibrant visual extravaganza that will delight, amaze and astound. Visitors are treated to a wide array of visual and musical arts, circus performances and theatrical shows performed by some very talented artists from New Zealand and around the world.

This annual festival is designed to provide an engaging arts experience for all ages interests and cultures, while celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing the talents of the creative community. Although some events incur a very reasonable charge, many are free and as the shows and exhibitions are spread across the city at various venues and times.

Family Fun At The Auckland Arts Festival

With so many great artists to choose from your biggest problem will be choosing which ones to go see, a festival favourite, the Festival Garden is the perfect place start and to meet up with friends and family, grab something to eat from the diverse selection of food stalls, catch some of the festival artists performing at random, listen to the free music or just kick back and relax.

The famous Spiegeltent is the star attraction, playing host to a veritable feast of musical, circus and cabaret artists throughout the day. With plenty of free activities for kids and even a big screen showing pop-up movies there is sure to be something for everyone. After you have settled into the vibe at the Spiegeltent, its time to think about the best things to see at the Auckland Arts Festival – here are our top picks suitable for the whole family– enjoy!

Maori Entry Gate Aotea Square

1. Backbone

This modern take on a circus performance will showcase an astounding level of skill and ability leaving audiences feeling impressed and inspired. The very talented performers present an amazing array of tricks, stunts and acrobatics that test their physical abilities to their very limits. Backbone will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation!

For four nights (March 14 to 17) only these amazing artists perform at The ASB Theatre, at the Aotea Centre in central Auckland. Prices range from $22 for a child up to $69 for premier seats. The venue is wheelchair friendly.

Aerial Gymnast

2. Mozarts The Magic Flute

Comedy meets opera at this cinematic masterpiece combining the talents of the Komische Oper Berlin, directors Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade and animation from Paul Barritt all accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Projected animation mixed with live performance makes for a visual feast and entertaining evening for all.

With only four performances it is important to book ahead, tickets cost around $35 – $95 for children, and $79 – $189 for adults. The Magic Flute show runs for 2hrs 40 mins and includes a brief interval. Choose from 7.30pm on the 8th and 9th March or 1pm or 6pm on the 10th March.


Sing along to some of your favourite tunes with Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Maisey Rika and Stan Walker at this free event that kicks off the Auckland Arts Festival 2019 festivities.Think of TIRA as a massive outdoor-karaoke style evening with songs sung in te reo Māori and led by popular musicians.

Starting at 6.30 pm on Thursday 7 March, the sing-along lasts about 45 minutes and is held at Aotea Square on Mayoral Drive in Auckland. Entry is free and the event is family friendly.

4. The Bookbinder

For ages 8 and up the spellbinding Bookbinder performance comes to you from the award-winning theatre company Trick of the Light. Using clever shadowplay, paper craft, puppetry, and music this magical storytelling experience comes alive for children and adults alike.

Held over four days (21-24 March) this event is bound to be popular so book ahead. Tickets cost between $22 to $25 and the event is held at Q Loft, at the Q Theatre on Queen Street, Auckland.

5. Jelly Or Jam

Acrobatics and Jelly – what could possibly go wrong? This inspiring and unique event will leave you questioning ‘what makes you you?’ while providing an amusing look into the lives of children and young people using two giant blocks of jelly.

Entry costs $15 per person and the performance is held at the Spiegeltent in Aotea Square on Queen Street. Jelly or Jam has a 50 minute run time and  is only available on the 16th and 17th March at 10.30 am.

The Auckland Arts Festival offers a unique opportunity to experience a diverse range of arts and activities all within easy driving distance. For more detailed information on show times and availability see the Auckland Arts Festival website. See and feel the city come alive this March 7 – 24th at The Auckland Arts Festival.

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