Live jazz, Caribbean rhythms, human flowers, frenzied Christmas balls to delight our alleys in the East this summer



Dinner in town this weekend? Want to rediscover the charm of the legendary eastern streets of the city center?

Keep an eye out for a pop-up celebration of some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s live artists over the weekends this summer.

After more than 100 days of reinventing what it means to activate public spaces in the event of a pandemic, Auckland Council’s Downtown Programs team is excited to work with Fresh Concept to bring the city center back to life and vibrancy. that we love.

The line-up of musicians and street performers is designed to bring both surprise and delight to Aucklanders and visitors alike, as the border rises next week in the city center.

Here are the hours this weekend:

  • Thursday December 9 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday December 10 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday December 11 12 p.m.-2.30 p.m.

Appearing at some of these locations:

  1. Fort St Pocket Park
  2. Jean Batten Square
  3. Vulcan alley
  4. Freyberg Square
  5. O’Connell Street
  6. Great street
  7. Te Ha o Hine Square (Khartoum Square)
  8. Along Lorne Street

The trio of madeleines

Les Madeleines are a vintage vocal trio, transporting you to a golden age of jazz, swing and glamor. These talented ladies have all trained and worked professionally in musical theater (West End, Hong Kong, Melbourne and international tours). However, in the whirlwind of 2020 they returned to New Zealand and now enjoy performing at home. With sophisticated harmonies and tight choreography, the Madeleines will take you into another era of daring, sparkle and timeless elegance.

The night garden

The night garden

Human Agency’s wonderful traveling human garden! Performers create stunning installations that subtly change and move according to their audience and environment. A larger-than-life range of botanical costumes, activated by dancers. They can do a little dance with you (from a safe distance), pose for a photo, or watch the world go by in cityscapes – depending on the audience – a magical garden that’s sure to entertain and delight.

Flashing Monsters

Like fleeing Christmas balls, Tinsel Monsters are fabulous carriers of joy. Terrible hide and seek but wonderful dancers (and quite manageable with a kazoo), they are brilliant and sparkling, gently interactive.

Twistin ‘the swing

Twistin ‘the Swing is a dynamic acoustic gypsy jazz group influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, 1930s-1940s swing and Roma songs. Listen to the music of Asher Truppman Lattie on clarinet and saxophone, Phillip Beatson on gypsy guitar, Travis Hill on pump guitar and Djordje Nikolic on double bass. The sense of rhythm, musicality and dynamic interaction between the band members create a very energetic and engaging atmosphere. Twistin ‘the Swing has performed at events for Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Jazz Festival and Auckland Council’s Music in Parks.

The Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steelband

This group is believed to be Aotearoa’s first steelband, playing since 2005 with authentic Caribbean steelpan music to “liven up the place” and put a smile on everyone’s face. The group has performed all over Aotearoa and Australia. The Caribbean pannists are joined by talented musicians from Samoa, South Africa, Japan, Hungary, Israel and the UK.

Mema Wilda, Chemistry Roller Crew and Auckland Gospel Choir are other artists who will be performing in the back alleys of the East this weekend.

Auckland Gospel Choir

Auckland Gospel Choir


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