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AAF 2021 COVID-19 RESPONSE

04 Mar 2021
AAF 2021 COVID-19 RESPONSE

AAF 2021 Shows Status Update on 4 March 2021

Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) sends aroha to our whānau across Tāmaki Makaurau at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa at Alert Level 2. We hope you are all staying safe, staying home and following government guidelines so that we can share space together again soon.

Today, we are reflecting on what should have been our Festival opening. We are deeply saddened that some of our artists have been affected by cancellations and possible reschedules due to this week’s lockdown. Making these decisions has been far from easy and we are continuing to operate at hyper speed to reschedule as many shows and events as possible. Join us in crossing fingers and toes for good news of a drop in alert levels this weekend!

Unfortunately, we have also been forced to make some changes to our planned programming for Monday 8 March:

  • We are working to reschedule level up: an intergenerational discussion and will provide more information when it’s available.
  • Shoulder to Shoulder, our co-presentation with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), has been cancelled. We are incredibly disappointed that this important show can’t go ahead and remain cautiously optimistic that our additional presentation with the APO E.T. The Extraterrestrial in Concert will still hit the stage and screen on Saturday 13 March.
  • Wāhine Toa Afi has been rescheduled to be presented as part of Siva Afi Festival, where – alert levels pending – you may still be able to marvel at the traditional, exhilarating Samoan artform of fire knife dancing on Friday 12 March and Saturday 13 March at Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.

Please refer to our update on 1 March below for the status of shows from 4-7 March.

We will provide an update on shows beyond Monday once we have clarity around whether the current lockdown will end on Sunday 7 March.

In the meantime, we want to thank all of our venues, artists, suppliers, administrators, and crew for their flexibility, willingness, and hard mahi in helping us to recalibrate our 2021 Festival. We also want to express gratitude to our audience for their faith, enthusiasm and patience while we undergo this process. The support across the board is truly inspiring and we can’t wait to finally showcase the work of our wonderful artists with you all, hopefully very soon!

In the event of cancellation of a ticketed performance, ticketholders will be refunded. No action is needed. If you wish to donate to AAF in the spirit of aroha, please click here. If you hold tickets to a show that is listed as ‘working to reschedule’, we will inform you of the new date and time as soon as details are confirmed. For more on AAF’s COVID-19 Ticketing Terms & Conditions, please click here.


AAF 2021 Shows Status Update on 1 March 2021

Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) is sadly unable to open this Thursday 4 March as planned, due to Auckland being at Alert Level 3. We are working hard to reschedule as many shows from our first four days as possible, in alignment with artist and venue availability. Our priority is the safety of our audience, crew and artists.

While we anticipate being able to reschedule much of the activity from the first part of our programme, we have been forced to cancel a small number of shows and events. These are listed below.

In the event of cancellation of a ticketed performance, ticketholders will be refunded. You do not need to do anything. If you wish to donate to AAF in the spirit of aroha, please click here.

If you hold tickets to a show that is listed as ‘working to reschedule’, we will inform you of the new date and time as soon as details are confirmed.

CANCELLED TICKETED EVENTS

CANCELLED FREE EVENTS

WORKING TO RESCHEDULE

POSTPONED VISUAL ARTS OPENINGS

For more on AAF’s COVID-19 Ticketing Terms & Conditions, please click here


AAF response to 27 February Level 3 lockdown announcement

Tēnā koutou i raro i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā
Sending much aroha to you, as Auckland enters yet another lockdown.

The Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) whānau want to reassure you that we are currently working through the implications of Auckland’s return to Alert Level 3 for our programme, and will provide a full update of our plan for this week and beyond as soon as we can.

Though we will not be able to launch in the way we had anticipated on Thursday 4 March, and won’t be able to deliver our planned performances in the first few days of the Festival due to Auckland being at Alert Level 3, we are energised and working swiftly in the hope that we will be able to bring some of the works to audiences in the near future. 

More information regarding specific shows will be communicated over the next few days. We are fully committed to keeping our artists, crew, staff, and audiences safe, and have a clear ticket refund policy in the event of cancellation due to COVID, which you can check out here.

Kia kaha tonu tātou, and thank you for continuing to ride this unpredictable wave with us. Your support and enthusiasm for the arts is so crucial, and we hope to see you very soon.

Kia haumaru te noho
He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai
Nā mātou katoa

For media: view the media release issued 28 February here.


AAF response to 22 February Level 1 lockdown announcement

Safe to say, the Festival team are over the moon to hear that Tāmaki Makaurau will return to Level 1 at midnight tonight.

We are running full steam ahead, to launch our programme in full on 4 March.

If you've been waiting to buy your tickets, now's the time to do it.

Let's have some fun! Because we can.


AAF response to 17 February Level 2 lockdown announcement

We are thrilled that Auckland has been able to return to Level 2 today, and the rest of Aotearoa to Level 1.

The Festival team is continuing to work towards launching our full programme on 4 March, and we can’t wait to celebrate all the amazing artistic talent New Zealand has to offer.

With 70+ shows and events planned to take place around Tāmaki Makaurau between 4-21 March, there is no shortage of uplifting experiences to line up for yourself, your whānau and your friends.

Take a look at our events calendar, and book early to avoid disappointment!

Sending aroha.


AAF response to 14 February Level 3 lockdown announcement

The Festival team sends aroha to you all as Auckland has entered into another Level 3 lockdown and the rest of the country is at alert Level 2.

We're thinking of our friends at Auckland Pride, Auckland Fringe, and across the sector, who have had to put some of their events on pause this week. While we know firsthand the difficulty that causes, we're thankful to be part of a country and community that takes public wellbeing so seriously. Together, we've got this – ­again!

Here's hoping we'll be out and about in a few days, but in the meantime, we encourage you to stay positive and join us in looking forward to Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki.

We are fully committed to keeping our artists, crew, staff, and audiences safe, and have a clear ticket refund policy in the event of cancellation due to COVID, which you can check out here.

Stay home, stay safe – we can't wait to press play in March!


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