Auckland Pride’s biggest queer arts show confirmed

Auckland Pride is proud to confirm its 2022 schedule of 90 artistic events – the most artistic offerings in the festival’s ten-year history and accounting for half of the festival’s program with over 180 phenomenal events. The vast program of the 2022 Auckland Pride Festival takes place under the aegis of Ki Te Whai-Ao – in the light of dawn, in honor of Pride’s 50th anniversary in Aotearoa.

From February 1 to 27, Tāmaki Makaurau will fly the rainbow flag across the cultural sector, offering the public and artists the much-needed opportunity to engage in dance, theater, music, cabaret, comedy, live art, film, drag performances, the ballroom, the circus, crafts, literary events, public art exhibitions and much more.

“We are incredibly excited to present such a strong creative arts-based program for Pride 2022,” said Creative Director Elyssia Wilson-Heti. “We are committed to being the home of queer creative arts in Tāmaki Makaurau and to collaborating more deeply with the community. This is illustrated by the exceptional rōpū of the artists as part of Te Tīmatanga and the extensive programming that we are proud to present for Pride 2022. ”

On February 3, the celebrations kick off as Auckland City Hall hosts the Pride Gala – a highlight of the annual festival providing a tantalizing entry to the creativity on display during Pride Month. The 2022 iteration promises to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever under the leadership of Pride’s new Creative Director Elyssia Wilson-Heti. Hosted by 2022
Billy T Award nominated Janaye Henry and Paul Fagamalo, performance powerhouse of Pasifika, the pride gala will feature a number of GALS Choir, ballroom showcases from COVEN-Aucoin and House of Givenchy, previews of the circus show Carnies & Queers and spoken word show DIRTY PASSPORTS, song and poem by Blaise Clotworthy and Stef Knight, as well as pieces by Tongan dancer Mosi Lata Webster, the incredible Tangaroa Paul and singer and performer Brady Peeti.

The start of a new opportunity to embrace and learn, the month-long public arts and culture festival Te Tīmatanga (The Beginning) seeks to celebrate talents, resilience, nuances and lived experience of Kāhui (constellation) of Aotearoa Takatāpui – hosting an array of esteemed Maori artists. In collaboration with RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT and Te Tuāpapa Mate Āraikore o Aotearoa, this is a groundbreaking public art activation throughout central Tāmaki Makaurau.

Kaiwhakahaere Takatāpui of Pride Hāmiora Bailey organized a phenomenal lineup of multidisciplinary artists from Takatāpui, with Hana Burgess, Fern Ngatai, Brady Peeti, Tangaroa Paul, Huriana Kopeke Te Aho, Kahu Kutia, Te Kaahu, Trinity Thompson Browne, Atarangi Tyson Campbell Te Waa, Jessica Thompson, Taylor Te Atarua Davis, Pounamu Wharekawa, Liam Brown, Quack Pirihi, Māhia Te Kore, Alesha Adhar, Samara Alofa, Matariki Bennett, Mahina Bennett, Tihema Bennett, Abigail Aroha Jensen and Sara Moana

There will be even more chances to take in all that the city has to offer at this festival with Oliver Cain’s They Were Roommates exhibit, She’s Crowning, an adaptation of The Crown like you’ve never seen before. at the Basement Theater, and Exotic Blooms where you can stroll the Auckland Botanic Gardens with drag performers performing the spectacular flowers. Artspace Aotearoa’s annual New Artists Show Cruel Optimism also joins the program, along with Misty Frequency’s Mana Maintenance and People of Power, and the launch of the third issue of The Agenda Zine.

Festival favorites NYMPHO, a dance-focused queer club night returns for their second Pride Festival party, with Lychee Baby throwing a juicy queer Asian party, and join Loud and Proud – Queer Music Festival for their fourth showcase of LGBTQIA musicians + Experimental and underground Auckland and experience the best of Auckland’s queer underground music scene.

On Waiheke Island, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery presents Intergenerational, an intergenerational exhibition featuring queer artists from Waiheke. In New Lynn, the Charlotte Museum is opening a new exhibition SPACES: Photos Celebrating Our Places by Dar’ya Starykova, while in Parnell, the Auckland War Memorial Museum hosts Pride Family Fun Day.

Now in its fourth year, the proud Auckland Council Centers are back with a program that sees Auckland Council-owned halls, libraries, recreation centers and other facilities open to community members. Auckland’s LGBTQIA +, helping them host and deliver a range of free, community-driven events for everyone to enjoy. With over 50 events from Māngere to the Te Atatū Peninsula, a Proud Center pop-up is coming to a space near you. Highlights for 2022 include the return of the FINE festival at the Māngere Arts Center Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Drag Queen storytelling hours at local libraries, Siapo workshops in community centers, and the return of the Queers & Wares Craft Market.

Auckland Pride would like to reiterate that Vaccine Passes are mandatory for all Festival events and that details of COVID-19 plans for individual events are posted on their event listing on the Auckland Pride website. Auckland Pride undertook solid planning for all eventualities in February and continues to place the health and well-being of the rainbow communities of Tāmaki Makaurau at the heart of all decision-making.

Auckland Pride invites Aotearoa’s rainbow communities to explore the full program, now live on With over 180 events in the 2022 Auckland Pride Festival, there is something for everyone to mark this historic moment as we celebrate 50 years of the Dawn of Pride in Aotearoa.

The 2022 Auckland Pride Festival is made possible by Core Funders Foundation North & Creative NZ, Major Partners Spark & ​​Rocketwerkz and Strategic Pride Partners Auckland Council & Auckland Unlimited.

The Auckland Pride Festival 2022 takes place from
From Tuesday 1 to Sunday 27 February 2022

Auckland Pride Festival 2022 key dates:

February 1: Tuwheratanga
February 1-27: Te Tīmatanga
February 3: Pride Gala
February 10-12: FINE Festival
February 13: Ending HIV Big Gay Out
February 16-20: Same thing but different
February 26: Pride March
February 26: Pride Day

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