Pocket Bar Grey Lynn. Photo / Guy Coombes.

Try A New Dish, Celebrate Our Heritage & More Fun Things For The Weekend

It's the first of the month - mark the occasion by reconnecting with friends at these cool happenings

Eats and beats

Today marks the start of the Elemental AKL festival, celebrating arts, eats, and beats across Tāmaki Makaurau. Reconnect with friends and enjoy some of the myriad happenings on offer.

This is a chance to safely celebrate life with loved ones and friends and explore the very best the city has to offer; including the Grey Lynn Beats and Eats offering, where establishments will be offering a signature dish or beverage over the next month.

Keep a lookout for some live music from some of the city’s best-loved watering holes including Pocket Bar, Freida Margolis and Malt BarElemental Festival

Explore our heritage

There are more than 100 free or low-cost events from Warkworth to Pukekohe as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. One exhibition worth checking out this weekend as part of the festival is the work of contemporary artist Areez Katki, whose exhibition ‘It’s Never to Late to Learn’ is on display from today until October 11.

Presented inside the Ararimu Valley School cottage, at the Howick Historical Village, Areez’s work focuses on textile and words, including autobiographical essays associated with his time growing up in, and then subsequently revisiting Howick.

31 handkerchiefs from the Village’s archive have been preserved and repurposed with hand embroidery.

“A square for each year from my life has been suspended mid-air, as a means to explore phenomenological mark-making” explains the artist. “A mode of storytelling for the migratory identity.”

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Try a new dish

Catch up on this week's cover story written by self-confessed foodie and NZ Herald writer Lincoln Tan, where he takes us on a culinary expedition featuring some of Auckland's most intrepid eats and adventurous menus. Try some of these great places.

Pasifika arts

Head to the Basement Theatre from tonight until Saturday to view a vibrant celebration of Pasifika performances presented by Tuatara Collective.

Incorporating singing, traditional Samoan siva, contemporary (hip-hop, afro, and vogue) spoken word, skits, and a confronting monologue or two. Featuring a core cast from the Tuatara Collective and some special guest, this is a celebration of our Pacific arts and storytelling, and a chance to learn a new creative skill. Bookings essential. Basementtheatre.co.nz

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Art and wine

The Marlborough Art & Wine Fair is on right now until this Sunday and features a great mix of more than 24 leading artists from Marlborough featuring paintings, ceramic art, sculptures, and photographic art. The event is hosted at The Wine Station, and each group of artists will be aligned to a local charity that will benefit from 50 per cent of the gallery fee. Marlborough Art and Wine Fair

Nature and literature

She is one of our most celebrated and beloved writers, and this weekend, to celebrate Katherine Mansfield’s classic story Miss Brill, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden and the Wellington Botanic Garden will be hosting a reading of Miss Brill, as part of the Wellington Gardens' Spring Festival.

Actor Heather O’Carroll will be dressed in full period garb for the free readings, where the public are invited to hear one of Mansfield’s short story originally published in 1920. Enjoy springtime in the gardens surrounded by tulips with multiple session times available to view here.

Vintage Vibes

One of our favourite flea markets in Auckland is back from hiatus. Central Flea will return to its usual spot on the corner of Balmoral and Dominion Roads this Sunday (in the old Warehouse car park).

Unlike other markets around town (all of which we love for different reasons) Central Flea is good for those with a focus; stallholders are strictly only allowed to sell items that are secondhand or hand made – there's clothing, vinyl, antiques and more. Bring your appetite with you too, and try one of the delicious food trucks.

Previous trips have seen the Viva team uncover such gems as an original mint-condition shirt from King Kapisi’s clothing line Overstayer, a vintage wool tuxedo, and pastel Crown Lynn plates aplenty.

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Support community arts

Local creative and Māngere local, Aasha-Samara Nimo, who features in Viva's Volume One magazine in stores now, celebrates the opening of her new solo show this Saturday from 11am and the show will run until December 11. With a background in communications, Aasha-Samara's work highlights her love of nostalgia and pop-cultural references.

Of her emerging creative practice, Aasha explains,  “There’s an emphasis on both my aesthetic and an interest in diversity.” This exhibition, 'The Sisterhood Affair' is inspired by the photographer and her sisters' intricate childhood experiences with one another, and a vulnerable exploration into the intimacy and levels of emotional connection between sisters. Her work also showcases the healing realities of everyday lives. @glittergirlclub



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