Hear Benee's orchestral collboration with the NZSO this weekend. Photo / Supplied

See Benee Team Up With The NZSO & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Discover markets, zines and a soiree complete with a Surrealist-inspired dessert station

Head to a concert
Experience the mellifluous collab that is Benee x New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) this weekend at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre. The platinum-hit pop star and her songs will be joined by a 66-piece orchestra, her own band and guest vocalists. Friday July 30 and Saturday July 31. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. 111 Wakefield St, Wellington.

Check out a literary festival
Bibliophiles should make tracks for The Festival of Words, New Plymouth’s biggest literary event with self-publishing, book- and poi-making workshops, and conversations with some of the country’s most beloved authors (think Witi Ihimaera, Tom Sainsbury, Steve Braunias, and Fiona Kidman). From Thursday July 29 to Sunday August 1. Various locations across New Plymouth.

Set your sights on lights
Nothing fixes a gloomy winter evening like the soft, diffused light from a strategically positioned lamp. Now Masterworks Gallery is holding an exhibition celebrating the humble lighting device as a sculptural work of art. Leading Lights opens on Saturday and runs until August 21. The gallery says the project has been a challenging one for the 17 artists involved, whose 27 lamp creations have “surprised and delighted”. Among the works are Walk in the Park’s Stadium Lamp made from American oak, kauri and tawa; Finn Ferrier’s cotton braid Holmus Form; and Craig McIntosh’s lamp made from argillite collected from Ōraka/Colac Bay in Southland. Among their fellow artists showing at the exhibition are Luke Jacomb, Sharon Fitness, Vanessa Arthur and Lucy Sheehan. 71 Upper Queen St, Eden Terrace, Auckland.

Dine at a night market
The Auckland Night Markets, as part of Elemental AKL, are fast coming to a close, some make tracks for Aotea Centre and sample fare from Toro Churro, French Crepes, Dumpling Lover, Dim Sum, Elephant Ear and Bubble Tea. Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1 from 12pm until late. Aotea Square, Mayoral Drive, Auckland.

Don’t miss the Auckland Zine Festival
A two-day market featuring 80 zine-makers from across the country is coming to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki this weekend. Lovers of comics and poetry will delight in the creative offerings, as will those with a penchant for photography, illustration and travelogues. Make sure to bring cash (many stallholders won’t have Eftpos). Wellesley St East, Auckland.

Seek out Street Eats
Self-explanatory in name and delicious in output, Street Eats, on this weekend at Shed 10, promises a sundry of culinary offerings, from pop-up kitchens and bars (Nanam, Zeta Greek Kitchen, Mr Spicer, Farina, Gracefully Jerked, Hangi Master, to name a few), craft beers and natural wines, coffee and spirits, plust DJs and live performances. Saturday July 31 from 11am-4pm (all ages) and 5pm-10pm (R20). Tickets are $15 for a day session, $25 for after dark from iTicket. Queens Wharf, Auckland.

Enjoy the Bloc Collective mid-winter night market
Make your way across all three floors of Mt Eden’s Bloc Collective for one-off discounts, late-night shopping and moreish food from the likes of Baby G Burger, Duck Island Ice Cream, Double Dutch Fries and Roti Bros pies. Jojo Ross and Loclaire will be having their first-ever sample sales, too. This Thursday, July 29, from 5pm to 9pm. 20 Normanby Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland.

Go to a Surrealist soiree
To celebrate its landmark exhibition, Surrealist Art: Masterpiece from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Te Papa is hosting a sophisticated evening affair of “strange, entrancing performances, indulgent food experiences, and curious games”. Dance to Richter City Rebels and Orchestra of Spheres, be entranced by Barbarian Productions and Le Moana, and dine at a Surrealist-inspired dessert station. Tickets, $149 each, include late-night access to the sprawling exhibition. 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington.

BOOK AHEAD

See Byron Bay’s The Babe Rainbow
The coastal town’s sweet-singing surf-pop four-piece is coming to New Zealand for three shows only. See them on Thursday September 16 at Christchurch’s Ngaio Marsh Theatre; Saturday September 18 at Napier’s Paisley Stage; and Sunday September 19 at Wellington’s Parrotdog Bar. Tickets are available from TicketTailor.

Don your best for a ball
The Sustainable Coastlines Fundraising Ball is aiming to raise $75,000 to clean beaches this October, so get glamorous for a good cause. A ticket, at $260 each or $2400 for a table, means you can bid on a host of prizes that include tickets to Outerfields (plus a Benee meet-and-greet) and entry to Splore 2022. There’s also a three-course dinner, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets available from Humanitix. October 2 from 6pm to 11.30pm. Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland.

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