Karangahape Road: The Others Way almost folded last year — but it's back and bigger than ever this year, a welcome relief to Auckland music lovers. The monster lineup fills 14 venues across Karangahape Road with some of New Zealand's best and brightest local musicians for one stacked Friday evening. The festival coincides with the Going Global Music Summit and slots at The Others Way have launched international careers for artists such as Aldous Harding and Kane Strang. It's a thrilling, energetic festival that'll refuel your love for local culture and Kiwi music.
Various venues on Karangahape Road, 5:30pm-late, Friday
Vodafone Events Centre: With 12 successful years under its belt, Auckland's premier secondary school music and dance competition provides a fun and energetic afternoon of teen talent. More than 1000 students have been whittled down to a select group of eager finalists intending to wow the accomplished judging panel — contemporary dancer Joash, instrumentalist and producer Brandon Haru, singer-songwriter Cherie Mathieson and Ugandan b-boy Antonio Bukhar. With Hip Hop collective and winner of the 2017 VNZMA Best Hip Hop Artist, SWIDT, making a special guest performance, this year's showcase of future stars is not to be missed.
Stand Up Stand Out 2018 Finals, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, Saturday,
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre: Dubbed the world's biggest little festival, this is the performing arts event for those who like their theatre and dance punchy, concise and ever-changing. Started in Sydney, Short + Sweet has gone global with festivals of 10-minute theatre and dance performances in Australia, all over Asia and the United States. This month, around 300 local theatre-makers, performers, choreographers and dancers take part with just 10 minutes to make a statement and connect with an audience. Don't like what you're watching? Don't worry; they'll be another show in 10 minutes.
Short + Sweet Theatre, TAPAC, Sunday, September 2 — Sunday, September 9; Short + Sweet Dance, Tuesday, September 11 — Sunday, September 16
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery: Film-makers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita were the forerunners of making films by Māori, about Māori and for Māori. A new exhibition, From the Shore, brings together contemporary works by the likes of Tanu Gago, Robert George, Tracey Moffatt, Nova Paul, Lisa Reihana and Tuafale Tanoa'i aka Linda T that echo Barclay and Mita's strategies and philosophies and show the rich history of indigenous film-making.
To the Shore, Te Uru, from Saturday — Sunday, November 4
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Roundhead Studios: Auckland will come alive this weekend with the two-day Going Global Music Summit. Held at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, the event is the largest gathering of the international music industry in New Zealand each year. With a focus on new music, the event combines live music with panels, presentations, workshops and discussions. This year's keynote speaker is the multi-talented Ruban Nielson from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who has just been announced as a finalist for this year's Silver Scroll Award. The summit has been instrumental in discovering some of New Zealand's biggest success stories so make sure you take the chance to check out some of this year's new talents.
Going Global Music Summit, Roundhead Studios, Grafton, Saturday and Sunday, tickets from www.goingglobal.co.nz