Book It: Viva's Culture Guide To September

Everything to see, do and watch this month, including a must-see fashion exhibition at Te Uru Gallery

Global mega-star Troye Sivan performs at Spark Arena. Photo / Suppled

Troye Sivan at Spark Arena
After teasing us with a quick promo visit last time — during which the global mega-star and LGBTQ+ idol made time to appear on the cover of Viva — Troye Sivan is finally back this Friday to perform for die-hard fans at Spark Arena. Friday September 13. 42-80 Mahuhu Cres, Parnell. Tickets at

Celeste Barber
Australian comedian Celeste Barber is bringing the big, bold laughs of her stand-up tour to New Zealand. The Instagram parody star — with more than 5 million followers — will perform her "raw, intimate and self-deprecating" stand-up comedy show Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted in Auckland and Wellington. Friday September 20. Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland and The Opera House, Wellington. Tickets at

The Goldfinch
Fans of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer prize-wining novel The Goldfinch won't want to miss the film, even just to sit back and judge whether the adaptation, which condenses 784 globetrotting pages, has done it justice. In cinemas from Thursday September 26

Flamingo Pier DJ Nights at Las Vegas Club
Waiheke party makers Flamingo Pier have another eight week DJ residency with Frank Booker called PLEASURE! at Las Vegas Club on K Road off the back of a successful first stint. Find a regular spot to dance to their music with DJ residents Frank Booker, Flamingo Pier and bi-weekly guests running from September 6 until October 25. An interactive light installation from Angus Muir will also feature inside Las Vegas. DJ trio Flamingo Pier — Luke Walker, Dominic Jones and Brad Craig — and Frank Booker are also launching a regular radio show on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM in London to promote New Zealand music. Fridays from September 6 till October 25, 10pm-4am. 339 Karangahape Rd, City. Tickets $10 for early bird, $15 online GA, $20 on the door at

Canadian-Kiwi musician, Tami Neilson performs at the Viva Long Lunch. Photo / Babiche Martens

Viva Long Lunch at The Hilton
We’re thrilled to announce the return of our popular Viva Long Lunch with Dilmah at the Hilton Hotel with sassy songstress Tami Neilson. Treat yourself to a bespoke Dilmah tea-inspired three-course lunch with beautiful wines, a gorgeous goodie bag and an intimate performance from Tami. Presented by Dilmah. In association with Ziera, Giltrap ŠKODA and with support from No.1 Family Estate, The Hunting Lodge and The Hits. This is one afternoon of pampering and luxury not to be missed — last year's inaugural event sold out, so don’t delay! Thursday September 26 12-3pm. 147 Quay St, Auckland CBD. Limited tickets remaining — book now to avoid disappointment at

Stan Walker at Auckland Town Hall
New Zealand recording artist Stan Walker is back with new music, and he's hitting the road for a national tour. Following the release of his latest single Give (co-written by Matiu Walters of SIX60), Stan will kick off his nine-date "Springboard" tour at Auckland's Town Hall. Friday September 13. Queen St, CBD. Tickets at

Cinema Italiano Festival at Bridgeway Cinema
Those with a fondness for Italian or foreign cinema will find lots to love — and watch — at Cinema Italiano Festival which began its seven month, 15 venue tour of New Zealand in June. This year's programme includes director Gabriele Muccino’s impressive ensemble piece A Casa Tutti Bene / There’s No Place Like Home and Dogman from one of Italy’s most exciting filmmakers Matteo Garrone, to Fellini’s remastered classic and Alessandro Genovesi’s lively comedy Puio Baciare Lo Sposo / My Big Gay Italian WeddingSeptember 17-September 30. 122 Queen St, Northcote. Visit

Fleetwood Mac at Spark Arena
Grammy-award winning band Fleetwood Mac are coming to Auckland for four shows at Spark Arena. The tour features the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. September 12 – September 19. 42-80 Mahuhu Cres, Parnell. Tickets at

Layla wears Overstayer printed shirt and denim shorts (2003). Te Kohu by Misty Ratima bucket hat (2018). Zelda Murray wood and perspex earrings (2018). Photo / Mara Sommer

Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now
This must-see exhibition explores Aotearoa’s sartorial identity through a Pacific-Moana lens. For an in-depth look, Viva creative director Dan Ahwa and NZ Fashion Museum founder Doris de Pont discuss the exhibition with Viva hereSeptember 7 – December 1. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. 

James Morrison
British singer-songwriter James Morrison will no doubt have audiences swooning at Auckland's Town Hall this month. He's on tour with his fifth studio album, You’re Stronger Than You Know, which features Joss Stone on the track My Love Goes On. But really we all remember his best from his You Give Me Something days way back in 2009. Tuesday 24 September at Auckland Town Hall. Tickets at

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