Online Shows and Events
Thousands of shows and events have been cancelled around the world due to the impacts of COVID-19. Many artists and arts organisations are putting up events online.
Here are our picks for you to enjoy. We'll be updating this page regularly with more events. (All times are NZ time)
Queer Algorithms – Gus Fisher Gallery
Part of Auckland Arts Festival 2020.
View the exhibition and a series of related events online HERE
Auckland Art Gallery online
Visit Auckland Art Gallery's collection online including blogs, publications, videos and more.
ATEED: Papatūānuku is Breathing
While not a performance, we hope you enjoy this short video reminding us to sit at a distance, stand as one and listen. Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is breathing.
Auckland Theatre Company: The Seagull
A new online version of Chekhov's The Seagull, created by Eleanor Bishop and Eli Kent, directed by Eleanor Bishop. Delivered in 30 minute instalments every Friday for four weeks, Chekhov's famous characters are reimagined as an extended Kiwi family congregating over Zoom. In a direct commentary of our world in lockdown, the characters are still searching for meaning in their lives while battling love, jealousy, dissatisfaction, dreams, hopes and plans - not to mention malfunctioning video calls! This drama all plays out in self-isolation and over virtual interactions with each other. Rehearsed, performed and broadcast all online with the actors having just one week per episode to read the script, learn their lines and rehearse, ready to broadcast each Friday until 29 May.
Royal New Zealand Ballet Live in Your Living Room: Hansel and Gretel
Back by popular demand, the RNZB streams its 2019 production of Hansel and Gretel with choreography by Loughlan Prior, a specially commissioned score by Claire Cowan, and costume and set designs by internationally renowned designer Kate Hawley.
Screening Friday 29 May 7.30pm, Saturday 30 May 1.30pm and Sunday 31 May 10.30am
Centrepoint 24-Hr Challenge
10 playwrights with 10 actors and a challenge to write, perform and film 10 original monologues in 24 hours. Featuring some of New Zealand's most well-known artists (and many have been a part of Auckland Arts Festival over the years). Tickets $20 for access to all performances whenever you like. Details HERE
Abbey Theatre: Dear Ireland
In this specially commissioned work, 50 actors each perform a monologue written by 50 writers from Ireland, China, USA and Italy.
What do we want to be to one another?
What do we want our society to look like?
What are we not paying enough attention to?
Where do we want to go next?
National Theatre at Home Series: A Streetcar Named Desire
Gillian Anderson plays Blanche DuBois in the critically acclaimed Young Vic and Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.
Sadler's Wells Digital Stage
A selection of performances from the Sadler's Wells catalogue
Gecko: The Time of Your Life
Last year Gecko Theatre came to Auckland Arts Festival as co-creators of The Dreamer. Their 2015 show The Time of Your Life follows an ordinary man desperate to make human interaction in a digital world. Watch HERE
Kieran Hurley: BUBBLE
Kieran Hurley's play Mouthpiece was scheduled to feature at Auckland Arts Festival 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19 impacts. His newest play BUBBLE is an online theatre performance by eight actors in different countries who have never met - explosive, experimental and timely. Watch HERE
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More Arts & Culture Online
Find a selection of other arts and culture online galleries, livestreams and events from around the world HERE