Family Day / Whanau Whanui

Sun 24 Mar 2013 to Sun 24 Mar 2013
Event type: 
Free and ticketed events. All-event and single-eve
Aotea Square


Nau mai, haere mai! The Auckland Arts Festival 2013 calls all families, kids, mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters to come on down and celebrate the arts in Aotea Square for Family Day. Family Day attendees are invited to pick up an instrument, chortle at a clown, watch a performance or a fascinating ta moko session, or get involved in New Zealand’s first en masse Thriller haka. One and all are invited to mosey to Aotea Square, bring a picnic, get involved or sit back with the crowd but, most importantly, try something new.

Auckland Arts Festival 2013 Family Day highlights include:

Boy E flash mob and workshops:

Atamira Dance Company will be teaching anyone interested in being involved in a flash mob to do the Thriller haka from the movie Boy. In workshops at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, participants can bring their own poi or make one.

Keen beans can choose to learn the haka at home, prior to Family Day, using an Auckland Arts Festival 2013 web link (to be made available closer to the time).

At 3pm, New Zealand’s first-ever Boy E flash mob will take place before a gathered crowd.

Fly Me Up to Where You Are Dream flag making workshop with Tiffany Singh:

Presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival-commissioned project Fly Me Up To Where You Are by New Zealand artist Tiffany Singh, members of the public are invited to take part in a workshop to create Tibetan-style flags that express their own hopes, dreams and visions for the future.

Ta moko session with Derek Lardelli:

Ta moko are representations of bloodlines etched onto the skin. Stories of genealogy, history and ancestors are crafted specifically for the person who wears ta moko.

Derek Lardelli is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s finest ta moko artists, and he takes up temporary residence in the Aotea Centre for a rare live ta moko session, bringing his studio to the people. Watch the artists at work, ask questions and learn about this spiritually significant, uniquely Maori and beautiful art form. Temporary body adornments, called kirituhi, will be available on the day.

Clowning with Fraser Hooper:

Internationally acclaimed clown Fraser Hooper is renowned for his “perfect comic timing” (Sunday Mail, Australia). Fraser’s acts combine mime, comedy, juggling and eccentric dance.

At the Auckland Arts Festival, he will present three hilarious shows at 10:30am, 12pm and 3:30pm in Aotea Square.

Then, anyone who wants to have a go can learn about timing, style and comic routines in Fraser’s Family Clown Workshop in the Aotea Centre at 1:30pm.

Orchestra Zoo presented by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO):

Music lovers young and old are invited to get up close with members of the APO and their instruments. Pluck a viola string, blow on a trumpet or bang a drum! From 11am or 2pm, aspiring musicians can discover how different notes are produced and ask the musicians all about their work.

There will also be many activities that take place in the Festival Club and Garden on Family Day, as well as the following ticketed shows (see individual listings for further details):

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

Catherine Wheels (Scotland) 10:30am and 12:30pm, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall.


Circle of Eleven (Germany) 4pm, Maidment Theatre, Auckland University.


Boy E Flash Mob - Thriller haka workshops 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, Venue tbc

Boy E Flash Mob - performance 3pm, Aotea Square

Fly Me Up to Where You Are Dream Flag Making Workshop with Tiffany Singh 10am-4pm, Aotea Square

Ta moko session with Derek Lardelli 10am-3pm, Blues Bar, Aotea Centre

Fraser Hooper Clowning Shows 10:30am, 12pm, 3:30pm, Aotea Square

Fraser Hooper Family Clown Workshop 1.30-2:30pm, Aotea Centre, registration to be completed online

Orchestra Zoo Presented by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 11am-2pm, Aotea Centre

Free and ticketed events; all welcome.

Contact details

Media enquiries: Siobhan Waterhouse, Publicist P: +64 (0)9 374 0317 | M: +64 (0) 22 126 4149 | E:

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Auckland Arts Festival

22 Nov 2012