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Auckland Arts Festival 2017 Programme

The Auckland Arts Festival is on til Sun 26 March. Check out the full programme below to discover what’s on during the festival this year!

Brief Info on the Auckland Arts Festival 2017

The Festival is a place where artists to communicate with audiences and audiences to respond to artists’ work.

At the Auckland Arts Festival 2017, has great artists to tell stories through their art form, and with with pictures, light, movement and sound.  There will always be some kind of controversy caused, or could also have an impact to start revolutions , to change the world.

Artists make art part of life, and they can help raise spirits and affect your moods alike. At this Auckland Arts Festival, every artist is different and the intention of their art is not always direct but it can lead us to make new discoveries and to want to find out more.

Below is your Auckland Arts Festival 2017 Programme

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Rice March 10-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICE is a devotion in dance, a choreographic odyssey of the grain that has become a symbol of Asia, an astounding and elemental depiction through dance of the life cycle of rice and humankind.

Hakka folk songs and operatic arias float within an expansive panorama of Taiwan’s living, breathing rice paddies. A video backdrop engulfs the stage, while 24 extraordinary dancers become a “moving synthesis of man and nature, east and west, death and rebirth” (The Guardian).

Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts, Qi Gong to modern dance, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Asia’s finest contemporary dance company – led by the inventive, pioneering, master choreographer Lin Hwai-min.

Come witness the might, grace and magic of this remarkable dance company in an unforgettable performance.

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Cirque Eloize iD Tickets

March 10-12

Welcome to a city where comic books meet science fiction, movies meet graffiti art and where breakdancing, trick biking, contortions and in-line skating are a way of life. This is the playground of iD.

They’ve wowed audiences in over 500 cities around the world, now Cirque Eloize and their astonishing modern circus will transport Auckland crowds to a vibrant urban streetscape created via a backdrop of stunning digital projections.

Get caught up in the boundless energy of the acrobats, b-boys and contortionists who juggle, spin, skate, bike, balance and fly their way through an eye-wateringly amazing parade of tricks that builds to a one-of-a-kind trampowa…

The Encounter – March 15- 19

The Encounter tells the true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre who is lost in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon in 1969. This leads to a startling encounter that is to change his life.

Directed by Simon McBurney and hot from London, Edinburgh and Broadway, this solo performance by Richard Katz traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using binaural technology (3D audio) to build an intimate and shifting world of sound. As McIntyre’s mesmerising tale reaches its climax, this extraordinary performance asks some of the most urgent questions of today about how we live and what we believe to be true.

For Introductory notes for blind and low vision patrons, click HERE

 

Horror – March 21- 26

Horror is a spine-chilling visual spectacle that pays homage to the horror-movie genre. Unfolding live before your frightened eyes, it is ingeniously gruesome, strangely poetic, and pee-your-pants scary.

Referencing classics like The Ring, Evil Dead and The Exorcist, Horror’s special effects and illusions will have you hand-over-mouth screaming and shuddering on the edge of your seat.

Swedish-born Jakop Ahlbom’s shows garner rave reviews and play to sell-out houses everywhere they go.

Bring your mummy!

Suitable for ages 15+

Contains strobe lighting and haze

Get your Tickets to Horror here 

 

LA SOIRÉE – March 8- 26

Impossible to define and impossible to resist! Having brought the house down from New York to Paris, London to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong to Montréal, the award-winning international variety sensation is finally coming to Auckland! Prepare to be amazed, amused, appalled, aroused, shocked, stirred and shaken as you enter the sexy, funny and dangerous world of LA SOIRÉE.

Made up of the world’s greatest exponents of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville, LA SOIRÉE creates a parallel universe of pure entertainment where raw, undeniable skill meets unstoppable laughter and high energy. Reviving the passion, heart, unforgettable style and good old-fashioned showmanship that made them favourites across the globe, these artists will present their twisted take on cabaret and variety in LA SOIRÉE. These stars have performed worldwide, conquering everything in their path and scooping up the prestigious Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for their London season.

LA SOIRÉE will sell out fast, so step inside the Spiegeltent and don’t miss out on this frenzied feast of award-winning performances from the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret.

Suitable for ages 18+

Haze and nudity.

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RUFUS – March 22

Set aside some time to share an exciting evening with consummate showman Rufus Wainwright, a creative, unpredictable and audacious composer-performer who has wooed thousands from Avignon to Adelaide and Toronto to Tokyo. In a night of wonderful musical alchemy, this much-loved maestro celebrates his ‘main squeezes’ – opera and orchestras – and his passion for dramatics, divas and show songs.

In the concert’s first part, there are selections from Prima Donna, Wainwright’s first opera. In front of elegant images on a large screen by the Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli starring Cindy Sherman, three classical singers, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, relay the moving story of fictional diva Régine St. Laurent as she approaches the end of her brilliant career and deals with her demons.

In the second part, Wainwright takes us back to 1961 when show business legend Judy Garland performed a concert at NYC’s Carnegie Hall that reignited her career and that solidified her status as an icon for the LGBTQ community. Wainwright carries on Garland’s legacy with his signature showmanship, energy, and style, delivering a selection of her most beloved hits such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Puttin’ on the Ritz and Chicago.

Let Mr. Wainwright on a sublime musical journey into the beautiful and glorious world of opera and the nostalgic comfort of old school-show tunes.

Secure a ticket now…what better way is there to get happy?

The Bone Feeder – March 23-26

The Bone Feeder is a new opera, beautifully and imaginatively scored by Gareth Farr and written by poet and playwright Renee Liang, which explores the mysteries, traumas and gifts of migration, home and belonging. A young Chinese man searching for his roots is guided by a magical cicada and Māori Ferryman. He crosses to ‘the other side’, where ghosts reveal secrets of love, loss and betrayal. His attempt to uncover his ancestor’s bones disturbs the earth and, ultimately, threatens his life.

Directed by Sara Brodie and conducted by Peter Scholes, the opera takes Gareth Farr’s unique combination of Western, Māori and Chinese instruments to create sweeping and playful music sung in English, Māori and Cantonese.

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World Premiere Cellfish T.O.A Productions (New Zealand) – March 8- 14

Eight counts unlawful entry using imagination, five counts of reckless use of Māori mythology, four counts possession and cultivation of Shakespeare, and one count dangerous operation of a voice class.

In Cellfish hardened inmates come face to face with a whole new nightmare: Shakespeare classes with Miss Lucy! Some are looking to improve their parole chances, others want to kill some time and one just wants to kill. Funny and insightful this gripping new work takes us behind the walls of a New Zealand Correctional Facility and into the minds of its residents.

Cellfish is a delicious dark comedy with some thrilling twists. Be captured by the action.

Please Note: CoSuitable for ages 16+
Contains strong language and adult themes.

Every Brilliant Thing – March 21- 26

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy.

You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.

Everything worth living for.
1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
6. Me

Passio

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir with Madeleine Pierard and Auckland Chamber Orchestra (New Zealand)

Conceived by the ground-breaking New Zealand composer and ethnomusicologist Jack Body (1944-2015), Passio is a rich re-contextualisation of Richard Davy’s (1467?-1538) moving Passion according to St Matthew and a testament to Body’s adventurous musical vision.

In this remarkable revisiting of Davey’s early-Renaissance work, ancient mingles with modern as chamber choir, vocal soloists and brass are given new voice by a consortium of six New Zealand composers.

Passio will be an immersive and rare musical experience in which audiences are free to wander the performance area to more fully absorb the resonances of musicians and singers – the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and New Zealand’s premier chamber choir VOICES.

Seize the moment and come celebrate, remember and acknowledge the genius, guile and inventiveness of the much-loved Jack Body in a concert where exquisite voice invokes the past amidst a dynamic instrumental present.

General admission is standing. Some seating provided – arrive early if you require a seat.

Get your Tickets here 

Revolutions – March 9-10

Jon Toogood, Moana Maniapoto, Warren Maxwell & Rob Ruha (New Zealand)

Songwriters are by nature revolutionaries, spreading their light and insight with each journey round the sun. As the world turns, and with each revolution, what is the most important thing an artist needs to say? What is it we need to hear?

Join Jon Toogood, Moana Maniapoto, Warren Maxwell and Rob Ruha as they give their spin – their “revolution” – on the relationships, poetry and politics that have spun the wheels (and turntables) of generations.

Get your tickets here 

 Mexrrissey – March 16-17

Delving into Mexico’s unlikely obsession for all-things-Morrissey, Mexico City-based DJ and producer Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) has assembled Mexrrissey, a six-piece super-group of Mexican musicians, paying homage to the iconic Smiths frontman.

Mexrrissey’s award-winning recipe takes the Sage of Salford’s back catalogue, adds a dash of The Smiths, translates it all into Spanish and presents it with lashings of Latin sparkle. Vibrant rhythms of ranchera, mariachi, danzón, mambo, norteño and cha cha cha re…

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L’ARPEGGIATA: MUSIC FOR A WHILE – BAROQUE JAZZ IMPROVISATIONS ON HENRY PURCELL–  March 15th

 

Drawing inspiration from Henry Purcell’s famous secular and sacred songs, hymns and dances, Jazz ensemble L’Arpeggiata will take you back to seventeenth-century London with a programme that fuses the theatre and court music of the time with the improvisatory arts of jazz.

Christina Pluhar leads this ensemble of outstanding musician, through a wholesale rethinking of a timeless repertoire, providing the audience with a new perspective on ‘early music’.

Come along and find out just how diverse Purcell can become…

“….an urbane sexiness, far removed from the rather chaste tradition of English Purcell performance.” The Guardian

Get Tickets Here

 

Auckland Arts Festival info and source : http://www.aucklandfestival.co.nz/

 

 

Video: Oprah Winfrey is loving her time in New Zealand

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Oprah Winfrey has shared her breathtaking helicopter ride over flight over Lake Hawea with her 8.3million Instagram Followers. 

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Oprah Winfrey seems to be working with Tourism New Zealand, where she has been posting photos of our amazing landscapes and panoramic views of our mountaintops, letting her fans how she loves our beloved New Zealand.

Oprah Winfrey will be filming at Lake Hawea with Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

On Saturday morning, Oprah shared her videos of a helicopter ride over the lake and enthusiastically exclaimed, “Amazing, love it!”.

Go and Follow Oprah Winfrey on her Instagram account so you can follow her story! 

Auckland Tourism 2017

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We have the latest statistics for the year that passed.

Auckland had more than 2.49 million international visitors – up 11.9 per cent, year-on-year.
Tourism continues to be Auckland’s huge economic success story, and with the welcoming of the largest cruise ship to visit New Zealand, Ovation of the Seas, helped boost Auckland’s business by $1.5 million.

Auckland will have a busy calendar ahead on major events during the shoulder and winter seasons.  Events such as the Downer NRL Auckland Nines, World Masters Games 2017, and the ASB Classic are the events to focus on 2017. This is going to be a big year for Auckland.

Below is a video which marks the five year point since the inception of ATEED’s Auckland Visitor Plan in December 2011.

Watch the highlights video by Visit Auckland

With more reasons than ever for visitors to come and explore our region, we hope you have a great year.

Remember to make your reservation at our award winning Bed and Breakfast in Auckland.

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Trivago Awards 2016

Based on 175 million traveller ratings from over 250 online booking sites trivago.co.nz has analyzed accommodation in New Zealand with 100 reviews or more to define the top-rated across the country.

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EDEN PARK BED AND BREAKFAST TOP-RATED IN AUCKLAND REGION

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast has been named the top-rated accommodation in the Auckland Region for the second consecutive year after being named the winner of the trivago Awards 2017.

The bed and breakfast, as well as Enclosure Bay, made the top 100 best-rated nationally. Eden Park Bed and Breakfast placed sixth and Enclosure Bay at 24th within the country.
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About the trivago Awards 2017

Each year, trivago analyses aggregated ratings and reviews of hotels across New Zealand to find which hotels have the best ratings from travellers and which destinations have the highest rated hotels. The awards are based on 175 million ratings from over 250 booking sites worldwide. Any hotel or accommodation featured on trivago with 100+ reviews is included in the trivago Awards 2017. Only destinations with a minimum of 10 hotels and 500+ reviews are included in the Awards. Ratings data is based on live figures as at September 2016.

About trivago

Travellers find the ideal hotel for the best price on trivago.co.nz. trivago is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from over 1,000,000 hotels on over 250 booking sites worldwide. trivago integrates over 175 million hotel ratings and 14 million photos in order to make finding the perfect hotel easier for users. Over 120 million visitors per month find their ideal hotel by using trivago’s various filters. trivago was founded in 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany and currently operates 55 international country platforms in 33 languages.

This press release is copyrighted and may only be published with reference to www.trivago.co.nz. 

AIR New Zealand is Getting WIFI in 2017 !

6 Oct

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It has been announced that next year, people travelling on Air New Zealand Trans-Tasman Flights, will be able to surf the net, using the planes wifi installation.  Full internet access in the skies!

This was announced by the the Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon that flights between Australia and New Zealand will be the first to receive internet in the air.

In the second half of 2017, Air NZ will begin test flights and internet services will become available on Tasman, Pacific Island and long haul jet fleets from the end of next year.

It is most likely that the domestic flights here in New Zealand will offer Wifi early 2018.

Read more: http://www.theedge.co.nz/BREAKING-Air-New-Zealand-is-getting-wifi-on-their-flights/tabid/198/articleID/47221/Default.aspx#ixzz4MLqkpSw6

Air activities to do in Auckland New Zealand

Are you into Air Activities?  We all know how Auckland looks from above.  Auckland looks beautiful.  If you are a true adventurer looking for a true air experience, you should try hand gliding!

Head over to Aqua Air Adventure.

Aqua Air Adventure

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Live on the edge. Hang-gliding gives you a taste of man’s greatest dream of flying. With the glider responding to the slightest movement man and glider become one. Thirty years experience allows you to relax and totally enjoy this amazing experience, while also have a chance to control the glider yourselves.

For more Air Activities in South Auckland click here

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Scenic Flights in Auckland

You can also Enjoy Auckland’s stunning natural playground from the air on a scenic flight. Fly over city landscapes and the sparkling blue waters and emerald islands of the Haruaki Gulf. Sit back, relax and take in the incredible views.

For More Scenic Flights to Choose From  click here 

Where to Stay? 

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Great Place to Stay and Enjoy all activities is in Mt. Eden, Auckland New Zealand.  Our award winning Bed and Breakfast welcomes you with open arms.

You get to choose from 4 different themed bedrooms within our BnB.   Accommodation is affordable and service is exceptional.  Please check for availability at http://bedandbreakfastnz.com

 

 

 

11 Things To Know About When Travelling

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Travelling could be a little stressful.  There are ways you can eliminate your stress when travelling by being prepared for certain things.

Here are 11 tips you can use when traveling

 Going Solo

Being in a group doesn’t mean you have to do everything with the group you travelled with.  So to eliminate stress, or just not wanting to do anything, just go with your gutt feeling.  Don’t do anything.  Let them go. You don’t have to .  You do whatever you feel like doing, so everyone enjoys their trip and vacation.

Get A Carry on and put all your items

Use a carry on to put your important stuff in one place.  This includes all your technology (and the corresponding chargers and cords), your passport, your flight documents, your money, your credit cards, any prescribed medication, and valuables like jewelry or gifts.

Packing light is always best when traveling.

Do not worry about Guidebooks

To eliminate stress, and make things more interesting, just forget what the guidebooks and do whatever you want instead. It is a good idea to list  general types of activities you know you’d want to experience.  If you feel you should visit any popular or typically touristy spots then by all means go ahead.

Make copies of your important docs

This is in case your credit card is stolen, you lose your passport, you can’t get on wifi to access your flight information, or any other number of inconvenient, annoying travel mishaps occur. Make photocopies of all your important documents and keep them securely in your carry-on.

Don’t forget to give a second copy of everything to someone trustworthy at home, too. That way, if through a series of really unfortunate events you lose your passport and the copy of your passport and can’t access your digital copy of your passport (what were you doing?), a friend or family member can save the day with a quick email or fax.

Find Cheap Flights 

Instead of choosing specific dates for your flight, you can select an entire month to see which days are the cheapest. Or if you have two available weeks to travel and you’re open to different destinations, choose the “flexible” button under your destination to see a list of flights — ordered from cheapest to most expensive — that go everywhere in the world.

Register for Global Entry

Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection program that gives low-risk, pre-approved travelers faster clearance through security and customs checkpoints. In other words, you get to skip the line and the hassle of taking off your shoes in security. Plus, it makes getting back into the country a breeze — all you do is give your fingerprints at customs before waving back at the winding Disneyland line behind you with a mixture of smug satisfaction and relief.

Always go to the Restrooms

Depending on where you travel, public restrooms can be a rarity and a luxury. And public restrooms where you can do your business without having to buy a latte first or insert a coin into a machine? Even trickier to find.

Make sure you have good comfortable shoes

Traveling means being on your feet all day so make sure you invested in some comfortable shoes.

Have a map at hand

Ask the tourist office for a map you can hold in your hands. Sure, you may have an excellent data plan with super fast LTE, but using your phone’s GPS to get around won’t give you a better understanding of the area you’re in, and on day 3 you’ll still find yourself dependent on it.

Back up everything.

Before you travel, back up your phone, photos, and important documents on both your computer and an external hard drive. During your travels, back up your photos every few days in at least two different virtual locations. And though it may be tempting, don’t bring your external hard drive on the road with you. If your stuff gets stolen, you don’t want to lose your computer and your backup drive.

Reviews on Hotels and Bed and Breakfast inns

Check Trip Advisor for the best hotels or bed and breakfast’s you would want to stay with. For example, Eden Bed and Breakfast in New Zealand, is an award winning B&B , featured in Trip Advisor.  

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Auckland Events & What To look For in September

29 Aug

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Wow, What another great month gone by. Living in New Zealand could be a challenge, trying to pick a favorite month in a year.

It just seems that events always happen on every month all year around. Not just any type of events, but major world wide, international events taking place all the time.

So exciting, having so many tourists, visiting our beautiful island.

Well, we have all the info on what happened this past August, and What to expect Next Month of the Major events in New Zealand!

So , this past month in August, Auckland had its annual Auckland Restaurant Month With special menus with more than 100 participating restaurants and 25 plus foodie events on during this month. More than 100 special menus were showcased.

Once again the line-up of special events was spectacular, from the enormously popular Street Eats and Taste of Federal Street in the first week, to The Big Cheese and Dinner in the Dark wrapping the month up.

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New Zealand Fashion Week also took place in Auckland between 22-28 at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre. Keep note, this has nothing to do with the above event.

Fashion Week NZ showcased New Zealand’s fashion designers next season’s range on the catwalk to local and international media and buyers.

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Why you should be excited about September in NZ!

The World of Wearable Arts is an original fashion show with a twist. Keep note, this has nothing to do with the above event.

Designers from New Zealand and around the world compete in various clothing categories with the craziest creations you’ve ever seen as part of a huge extravaganza.

Auckland on Water Boat Show is also going on, in September, on the 29th up until October 2nd.

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Get a head start on summer and go to Viaduct Harbour to see the latest boats, engines, electronics and accessories .  Doesn’t matter what your favorite water adventure is, like,  sailing, fishing, paddle-boarding, water sports or pleasure cruising.  You will enjoy the opportunity to get with the experts presenting a wide array of marine-oriented products and services at this event!

Accommodation

If you ever need a place to stay, make sure you visit our Bed and Breakfast, located in Auckland, right next to Eden Park Venue. 4 themed rooms to choose from. Take note we are also an award winning BNB in New Zealand, Voted by Trip Advisor for consecutive years!

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New Zealand Lions Series 2017!

11 Jul

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NEW ZEALAND LIONS SERIES 2017!

NEW ZEALAND LIONS SERIES 2017!

The countdown to the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 has begun.  It’s the biggest rugby event to come to New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011.

New Zealand Rugby and Eden Park, have confirmed that Eden Park Ground Members will be able to access tickets for the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 Test Matches and Blues v Lions fixture played at Eden Park in 2017.

In June and July 2017 , The Home nations will unite for their tour of New Zealand.  The British & Irish Lions will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, every New Zealand Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks.

The atmosphere is expected to be electric with thousands of passionate Lions fans, will take part in all rugby stadiums .  Get ready to unite for the challenge.

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Article source: http://www.edenpark.co.nz/

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