First Announcement for AAF 2021
Did you catch the announcement of Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki 2021?
The live performances Taonga Moana, Pūmanawa, and Che-Fu and the Kratez were all announced tonight in a video streamed on AAF’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, along with the Festival’s 2021 theme, Aroha. The video featured a performance of ‘Waka’ by Che-Fu and his father, former Polynesian Panther Minister of Arts and Culture, Tigilau Ness.
The full programme will be released online on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 7pm. Attendees are invited to RSVP and register for related notifications via the Facebook event page.
After calling its 2020 season short due to COVID-19, Auckland Arts Festival 2021 will feature a 100% Aotearoa collection of more than 70 multi-art shows and events, at theatres, galleries and unique venues across Tāmaki between 4 and 21 March 2021.
The 2021 Festival will be the first of four with new Artistic Director Shona McCullagh at the helm. McCullagh founded and led The New Zealand Dance Company as Chief Executive/Artistic Director since its establishment in 2012, and joined AAF in March 2020.
Shona says, “We really wanted to capture a sense of gratitude – uplifting and creating a centre-stage platform to thank our artists for their support during lockdown. We’re eager to grow our nation’s understanding that we absolutely already have world-class artists sitting right on our doorstep. So yes – it’s going to be 100% Aotearoa and I’ve felt incredibly spoilt for choice in curating a deeply enriching programme alongside the rest of our team.”
AAF 2021 provides a unique chance to showcase and enjoy local talent, at a time when venues in many other countries are unable to open. It is an opportunity to celebrate the crucial role of the arts in providing solace, energy and hope in difficult times.