Wednesday 20 March 2013, 4:15PM
By Auckland Festival Trust


Sunday 24 March, 2013

Aotea Square, Auckland


Nau mai, haere mai! The Auckland Arts Festival 2013 calls all families, kids, mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and babysitters to come on down and celebrate the arts in Aotea Square for Family Day on Sunday 24 March. Between 10am-4pm, Family Day attendees are invited to pick up an instrument, chortle at a clown, watch a performance or a fascinating tā moko session, or get involved in New Zealand’s first en masse Thriller Haka. One and all are invited to mosey to Aotea Square, bring a picnic, get involved or sit back with the crowd but, most importantly, try something new.

Auckland Arts Festival 2013 Family Day highlights include:

Boy E Flash Mob and Workshops

Atamira Dance Company will be teaching anyone interested in being involved in a flash mob to do the Thriller haka from the movie Boy. In workshops at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, participants can bring their own poi or make one. Keen beans can choose to learn the haka at home, prior to Family Day, using an Auckland Arts Festival 2013 web link (to be made available closer to the time). At 3pm, New Zealand’s first-ever Boy E Flash Mob will take place before a gathered crowd.

Fly Me Up to Where You Are

Dream Flag Making Workshop with Tiffany Singh

Presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival-commissioned project Fly Me Up To Where You Are by New Zealand artist Tiffany Singh, members of the public are invited to take part in a workshop to create Tibetan-style flags that express their own hopes, dreams and visions for the future.

Tā moko session with Derek Lardelli

Tā moko are representations of bloodlines etched onto the skin. Stories of genealogy, history and ancestors are crafted specifically for the person who wears tā moko. Derek Lardelli is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s finest tā moko artists, and he takes up temporary residence in the Aotea Centre for a rare live tā moko session, bringing his studio to the people. Watch the artists at work, ask questions and learn about this spiritually significant, uniquely Māori and beautiful art form. Temporary body adornments, called kirituhi, will be available on the day.

Clowning with Fraser Hooper

Internationally acclaimed clown Fraser Hooper is renowned for his “perfect comic timing” (Sunday Mail, Australia). Fraser’s acts combine mime, comedy, juggling and eccentric dance. At the Auckland Arts Festival, he will present three hilarious shows at 10.30am, 12pm and 3.30pm in Aotea Square. Then, anyone who wants to have a go can learn about timing, style and comic routines in Fraser’s Family Clown Workshop in the Aotea Centre at 1.30pm.

Orchestra Zoo presented by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO)

Music lovers young and old are invited to get up close with members of the APO and their instruments. Pluck a viola string, blow on a trumpet or bang a drum! From 11am or 2pm, aspiring musicians can discover how different notes are produced and ask the musicians all about their work.

There will also be many activities that take place in the Festival Club and Garden on Family Day, as well as the following ticketed shows (see individual press releases for further details):

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

Catherine Wheels (Scotland)

10.30am and 12.30pm, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall


Circle of Eleven (Germany)

4pm, Maidment Theatre, Auckland University


Event        Family Day / Whānau Whānui
Where      Aotea Square, Auckland
Detailed events

Boy E Flash Mob - Thriller haka workshops 
12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, Venue tbc

Boy E Flash Mob - performance
3pm, Aotea Square

Fly Me Up to Where You Are

Dream Flag Making Workshop with Tiffany Singh

10am-4pm, Aotea Square

Tā moko session with Derek Lardelli

10am-3pm, Blues Bar, Aotea Centre

Fraser Hooper Clowning Shows

10.30am, 12pm, 3.30pm, Aotea Square               

Fraser Hooper Family Clown Workshop

1.30-2.30pm, Aotea Centre, registration to be completed online

Orchestra Zoo

Presented by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

11am-2pm, Aotea Centre

Time  10am-4pm
Price   Free and ticketed events – see for further details

Book at THE EDGE: / 09 357 3355 / 0800 289 842

Group bookings: / 09 357 3354


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Twitter: @Aklfestival

Media enquiries

Siobhan Waterhouse, Publicist. P: +64 (0)9 374 0317 | M: +64 (0) 22 126  4149


With support from ASB Community Trust


BOY E Flash Mob - Learn the moves!

BOY E Flash Mob - Demonstration