Elemental AKL: Auckland’s New Winter Festival

Elemental AKL: Auckland’s New Winter Festival

Text: Sweezy Tan Photos: Courtesy of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) - 18 September 2019


Throughout July, more than 60 free and ticketed events of Elemental AKL will transform eateries and bars, theatres, public spaces and more, across Tāmaki Makaurau to make Auckland a more vibrant and compelling destination for visitors during winter (the seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere -- Auckland's winter is from June to August). 

Elemental AKL is Auckland’s new winter festival. The event’s full programme reveals a captivating line-up of dazzling light shows, delicious culinary events, spectacular cultural performances, and uplifting entertainment. It will also be a showcase of  New Zealand’s Māori culture, including performing arts, theatre, and interactive events.

The whole month of July, dazzling light shows and installations will light up Auckland’s parks, waterfronts, city streets, and other public spaces.  

Great Barrier Island is hosting a series of fascinating astronomy-themed events, and the North Shore’s Smales Farm will see the return of Stellar, a three-day event featuring stunning, innovative and interactive light installations, entertainment, food and music in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year.  

Delicious dining and culinary masterclasses, curated menus, local wine and craft beer promotions and food shows are on the menu for food lovers. The Craft’d Wine + Spirits Festival will host more than 40 independent and boutique wine and spirits producers, offering masterclass sessions, food trucks, and light entertainment.  

Moreover, an uplifting entertainment programme will include several productions from Auckland’s smash-hit sensation Pop-up Globe, with their first ever winter season in their unique, newly roofed, Shakespearean playhouse.  

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