Korean Day

Experience Korea in Auckland.

This year is the 20th anniversary ofthe sisterhood between Auckland and Busan City and to celebrate, the event includes K-POP, traditional food and dance, a tea ceremony and craft.

Today, 10am-5pm, North Shore Events Centre (Silverfield and Argus Place entrances), Wairau Valley. Free entry.

Holi festival

Auckland's only Hindi FM radio, Humm FM, celebrates Holi, Colours in the Park, featuring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who'll invite fans to join in the fun and enjoy one of his biggest blockbusters Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge - the longest-running film in Indian Cinema - outdoors. Bring a blanket.


There'll be four DJs playing great music, along with food trucks, a bouncy castle for kids and a cash cube, in which listeners will get a chance to win $5000 cash and consolation prizes.

Today, 2pm-6pm. Mega Bollywood Blockbuster: 6pm-11pm. Free entry. Three Kings Reserve, corner of Mt Albert Rd and Mt Eden Rd.


EcoDay is Auckland's biggest eco festival. Come out with the whole family to enjoy live music and theatre performances. Stroll around the large festival market to get to know local organisations that are caring for our environment, browse for sustainable and upcycled goodies at the market stalls, and grab a bite from our amazing food vendors. And check out the Bicycle Hub and Secondhand Treasure Trail.

Tomorrow, 11am-4pm. EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Park, New Lynn. Free entry.

Dogs on parade

The Devonport Dog Parade is all about showcasing the glory of all doggies. There will be a flygility display, Dancing Dogs, a Newfoundland Cart display followed by a parade up Victoria St (a glorious sight) and prizes for canines with the Best Smile, Tail Wag, Dog who looks Most Like Its Owner, Devonport Doggy Idol, Best Voice. Bob Kerridge from the SPCA is the MC.

Tomorrow, 12.30pm-4.30pm. Windsor Reserve, Devonport.

Street science

Whether you're interested in volcanos, robotics, virtual reality, solar telescopes or bugs that glow in the dark, there will be something to fascinate everyone at Motat's Science Street Fair. Visitors have a hands-on learning experience. It also gives them the opportunity to meet the Kiwi scientists behind some of the most innovative scientific
work of our time.

Tomorrow, 10am-4pm. Motat, 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs. Entry $40 family pass (2 adults, 4 children), $16 adults, $8 students/children 5-16 years. Free for under-5s and SuperGold Cardholders.

Museum magic

Join acclaimed Belgian composer and pianist Jef Neve for In Flanders Fields, a concert exploring the Belgian experience of World War I, and New Zealand's relationship with it.

Today, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Museum Event Centre, Level 3, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Entry $30 Institute members, $40 non-members. Bookings recommended
at ticket desks, ph (09) 306 7048.

APO for kids

Action! Percussion! Orchestra! The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra introduces under-6-year-olds tothe instruments of the orchestra through a vibrant interactive concert featuring the colour and variety of the percussion section - and the rest of the orchestra as well. This concert also features JP the French Clown and finishes with a walk through the orchestra as they play favourite tunes.

Today, 10am and 11.30am, Auckland Town Hall. Tomorrow, 10am and 11.30am, Bruce Mason Centre Takapuna. All tickets $15 at the door, family passes $50.

Masquerade ball

The sounds of calypso, reggae, soca and pan will fill the night air at the Caribbean Masquerade Ball. Set against the backdrop of Rangitoto and Auckland harbour, the ball is a cultural fundraiser, featuring dancing and fine dining, Caribbean-style. Dress to Impress and bring your own fancy mask.

Today, 6.30pm, Tamaki Yacht Club, Mission Bay. Email info@westindiansocietynz.com or call 021 0810 8667. Tickets available from Eventbrite.

Pop up

Calling all art and technology lovers. Get yourselves to the Pop-Up Virtual Sculpture Park to see New Zealand's first pop-up virtual sculpture park. Part of the Art in Structure competition, the park will feature the works of 12 finalists who were challenged to express their concept of space use metal construction materials in a new way. Images of finalists' sculptures can be viewed online beforehand.

Tomorrow, 10am-5pm. Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland.


Next weekend: Erebus Memorial

Auckland Choral launches its 2016 concert season at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, with the world premiere of New Zealand composer David Hamilton's Erebus, a dramatic "memorial in music" to New Zealand's worst civil aviation disaster. Hamilton's new piece forms part of a three-piece concert and incorporates poetry from late New Zealand poet Bill Sewell.

April 9, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. Entry $55. Auckland Choral: Carmina Burana/Erebus.

This month: Rip it up

New Zealand's most prestigious surfing event - the Rip Curl Pro Raglan - returns to Manu Bay. The six-star rated event attracts top surfers from around the country looking to compete on Raglan's left-hand point breaks. Great spectator action.

April 15-17, Manu Bay, Raglan.

This month: African Film Fest

If you've fallen in love with French cinema, always look forward to the international film festival and can't get enough of documentaries on the big screen, here's another festival to add to your "must watch" list. The African Film Festival New Zealand starts this week with a thrilling mix of contemporary and classic films from comedy to documentary, drama to music. Last year's festival was so good, we're still talking about it and this year's promises to introduce yet further exciting African film-makers and stories that show there's much more to the continent than what we see on the news.

April 7-13, African Film Festival NZ, Rialto Cinema, Newmarket.

Until June: Well-heeled

For budding shoe designers or those with a penchant for being well-heeled, there's a shoe design competition and show that celebrates impossible outrageous shoes
in a catwalk extravaganza.

Shoes Extravaganza shoe design competition and show. Cash prizes: $3500 winner, $1000 runner-up.

Entries open now and close June 1. For more details see: shoesextravaganza.com.