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Source: Auckland Council

From February 1-17 Auckland Council’s Arts and Community Centres are taking part in Pride festivities.

A series of city-wide Proud Centres are dressing up for the festival and offering a range of free activities, performances and workshops.

Check out the list below for an event near you:

Queen of the South

Netflix may have you dwelling on the idea of taking up your drag calling, or you may already be dominating the K Road nightlife – either way, we invite you and all your glamour to take the stage and express what it is like to be unapologetically drag in 21st century Auckland.

Pround Centres are looking for the fiercest, most sparkling queens to create a costume on the theme of Pride, take to the runway, give us a twirl and duel it out in a lip sync battle like no other. 

Apply now to showcase the southside drag queen talent and creativity, have a chance to win numerous prizes throughout the evening or be crowned Queen of the South.

See the OurAuckland event listing for more information. The event takes place on Friday 15 Feb at Te Puke o Tara, 20 Newbury Street, Otara, Auckland.

Drag Bingo

Join us for a Bingo night like no other, with the glorious hostess with the mostest Taro Patch bringing an evening of laughter, fun and an inappropriate call (or two) where necessary.

Full information on OurAuckland.

Glory Nails

If you have fingernails, you’re invited. Wear your pride on your hands this February with Pride Nails free pop-up salon manicures across the region.

Taking place at 8pm-9pm 8 Feb at Te Atatū Peninsula Community Centre and 9 Feb at New Lynn Community Centre. See more on OurAuckland.

Rainbow Youth Exhibition

Take a look into the artworks and stories which came from the 2018 Out Loud project in one simple space. This exhibition presents an artistic representation of the conversations around the failings and strengths of the current mental health and addiction systems in New Zealand as it related to queer and gender diverse communities.

In 2018 We Are Beneficiaries partnered with RainbowYOUTH to use art to bring the voices of the queer and gender diverse communities to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Services. The Out Loud Aotearoa report was released as a result of ongoing work on the project, bringing 80 voices to be recognized.

Taking place at Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Exhibition running 7-14 February, open all day.

Board GAYmes

Join Breaking Boundaries this Valentine’s Day for an evening of coffee, homemade snacks and all-round queer fun.

With an eclectic mix of games on offer, we should have you covered – but if you have something niche or obscure you want to bring to the table, challenge us to a game with you!

This is a cash-only event – 100% of koha will be reinvested in Breaking Boundaries events and sustaining the organization for the long-term.

At the Ellen Melville Centre, Thursday 14 February, 7.30pm 

Rainbow Volleyball

Bring your squad and battle it out to be the next rainbow volleyball superstars.

Teams of four plus a maximum of two reserves.

If you don’t have a team, don’t worry – you can register as an individual and we will make sure you are paired with an equally awesome group of individuals!

Spaces are limited so make sure you register today on the Proud Centres website and don’t miss out!

Visit proudcentres.co.nz for full information on Pride events taking place at Proud Centres in February.

MIL OSI