Reb Fountain will be performing at the Auckland Folk Festival this Saturday. Photo / Supplied

Be Aglow With Van Gogh, Dance To A String Band & More Fun Things For The Weekend

Descend into hot goings-on terrain with spicy margaritas and firebending too

Put on your dancing shoes for a folk festival

The 48th Auckland Folk Festival kicks off this Friday with an impressive lineup of string bands and vocalists — think The Eastern, Reb Fountain, Troy Kingi (who will be performing the fifth installment of his 10 10 10 series), Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders, Looking for Alaska, The Black Quartet and Jenny Mitchell.

Amy Maynard and Aaron Gott of Looking for Alaska. Photo / Supplied

There will be banjos, as well as a bunch of food trucks to keep you fueled. Friday January 29 to Monday February 1. Tickets are available on the festival website. Kumeu Showgrounds.

Immerse yourself in the life and work of Vincent van Gogh

For Impressionist enthusiasts, the opportunity to immerse oneself into the works of Vincent van Gogh on a multi-sensory level is simply unmissable.

Van Gogh Alive, the touring, large-scale exhibition, with its roughly 3000 images, a life-size interpretation of Van Gogh’s bedroom that you can sit in, wealth of educational insights and a mirrored, infinitely yellow sunflower room, is touted to be wholly immersive.

Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’. Photo / Supplied

Catch the exhibition’s final day in Wellington at TSB Arena today, January 28, before it moves to Christchurch from February 19 to March 11 at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, then Auckland from April 15 to May 6 at Spark Arena. Tickets for Christchurch and Auckland are on sale now.

Stop at Annabel's Wine Bar for bites and beats

Much-loved neighbourhood wine bar Annabel's is hosting an evening of good times with a DJ and great food from 5pm until the early hours. 

Saturday January 20. 277 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Tune in to Tavi Gevinson’s new podcast series

The wildly accomplished founder of Rookie and star in the forthcoming Gossip Girl reboot has released a podcast series with Audible on life skills.

There’s episodes on self-care, talking to people, embracing conflict, creativity, standing up to your inner critic and more, all to help you “learn a lot, be entertained, and feel like a swaddled baby”.

Have tacos and tipples

In great gastronomy news, modern Peruvian restaurant Madame George has launched taco-and-cocktail night Tuesdays, serving hand-pressed tortillas, spicy margaritas and more delicious fare once a week every week. 

Open 5pm-11pm on Tuesdays. Madame George, 490 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD.

Check out a sustainable fashion market

Thrifty shoppers and vintage lovers should make their way to Wellington's regular My Walk In Wardrobe market, on this Saturday, January 30, from 10am to 1pm. You'll find upcycled pieces, locally made garments and a wealth of unique sartorial offerings. Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington.

Be enthralled at the Auckland International Buskers Festival

Mexican wrestling, hula-hooping, contorting, acrobatic antics and fiery stunts will be centre stage at Auckland’s CBD and waterfront this weekend, courtesy of nine body-bending local performers.

Bexley Hoops. Photo / Supplied

Friday 29 January to Monday 1 February. See the Auckland International Buskers Festival website for full schedule times.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Welcome in the Year of the Ox with the Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day, on at the ASB Showgrounds on Saturday, January 30.

Over 200 stalls will be on offer selling arts and crafts and delicious food, and martial arts, traditional dances and tai chi are part of the entertainment programme. Be there at 10am to see the grand opening's lion dance, with Jacinda Arden in attendance. Runs from 9.30am to 4pm. 217 Green Lane West, Epsom, Auckland.

Watch Māori legend transformed into dance

Inspired by the Māori heroine Te Aokapurangi, the acclaimed 2011 performance Mana Wahine, produced by the Ōkāreka Dance Company and created by choreographers Taiaroa Royal, Taane Mete and Malia Johnston, is on show again.

Mana Wahine. Photo / Alex Efimoff

Thursday January 28 and Friday January 29 at 7.30pm; Saturday January 30 at 4pm. Tickets range from $25 to $35 and are available on the Q Theatre website. Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland.

See Natasha Wright’s A Place to Stand exhibition

The New Zealand-born, New York-based artist’s new exhibition is on show at Sanderson Contemporary, and offers a critique of the representation of women in art  and history. See monochromatic lines tussle with a palette of golds and earthy tones, and unfold into a strong exploration of form and shape.

On now until February 28. Sanderson Contemporary, Osborne Lane, 2 Kent Street, Newmarket, Auckland.

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