Living Room line-up will impress all guests

Monday 15 October 2012, 10:28AM
By Auckland Council


The city centre will soon be alive with an impressive line-up of freestyle riders, go-go dancers, tappers, acrobats and more when the Living Room festival kicks off for 2012.

This year, the free annual public art and performance festival running from 26 October to 4 November has a more exciting programme than ever before, including:

  • New Zealand’s premier BMX freestyle riders choreographed to classical music and Pacific drum beats
  • Hip hop fused with digital visual art
  • A medley of dance offering fresh twists on everything from kapa haka, to go-go dancing and marching girls
  • Tappers and acrobats who perform circus stunts, tricks and visual slights of hand

Living Room is funded by Waitematā Local Board with support from the British Council, and is curated by renowned choreographer MaryJane O’Reilly.

“The theme for Living Room 2012 is ‘Transformation’ and features live performances, video installations and soundscapes that will turn Aotea Square into a living and breathing artistic hub,” says Ms O’Reilly.

Waitemata Local Board chair Shale Chambers says the festival will showcase outstanding local and international talent in one of the city centre’s prime open spaces.

“We are committed to supporting vibrant events that boast a diverse range of interesting and impressive talent. Living Room 2012, with free lunchtime and evening performances, fits the bill admirably,” he says.

Aotea Square will be the main performance venue, with other events taking place close by.

These include ‘Boxed’ by UK-based Susanne Thomas – a unique solo dance performance in the Smith & Caughey’s store window – and ‘Back of the Bus’ by Dunedin’s Java Dance Company, an unforgettable ride around town leaving from Q Theatre.

The Living Room festival is another fantastic event on Auckland Council’s arts and culture calendar, sitting alongside Artweek and the month-long Southside Arts Festival.