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Source: Auckland Council

Dining out in the city this weekend? Planning to return to the charm of the city centre’s legendary eastern laneways?

Keep an eye out for a pop-up celebration of some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s live artists over weekends this summer.

After more than 100 days of reimagining what activating public spaces means in a pandemic, Auckland Council’s City Centre Programmes team is thrilled to be working with Fresh Concept to get back to bringing life and vibrancy to the city centre we love.

The line-up of musicians and street performers is designed to bring both surprise and delight to Aucklanders and visitors, as the boundary lifts next week, into the city centre.

Here are the times this weekend:

  • Thursday 9 December 4.30-7pm
  • Friday 10 December 4.30-7pm
  • Saturday 11 December 12-2.30pm

Popping up across some of these locations:

  1. Fort St Pocket Park
  2. Jean Batten Place
  3. Vulcan Lane
  4. Freyberg Square
  5. O’Connell Street
  6. High Street
  7. Te Ha o Hine Place (Khartoum Place)
  8. Along Lorne Street

The Madeleines Trio

The Madeleines are a vintage vocal trio, transporting you to a golden era of jazz, swing and glamour. These talented ladies have all trained and worked professionally in musical theatre (West End, Hong Kong, Melbourne and international tours). However in the whirlwind of 2020, they returned to New Zealand and are now enjoying performing back home. With sophisticated harmonies and tight choreography, the Madeleines will take you to another era of sass, sparkle and timeless elegance.

The Night Garden

The Night Garden

Human Agency’s wonderful roving human garden! Performers create stunning installations that subtly shift and move in response to their audience and environment. A larger-than-life array of botanic costumes, activated by dancers. They may do a little dance with you (from a safe distance), pose for a pic or watch the world go by in cityscapes – depending on the audience – a magical garden that will entertain and delight.

Tinsel Monsters

Like run-away Christmas baubles the Tinsel Monsters are fully-fabulous bringers of joy. Terrible at hide-and-seek but wonderful dancers (and pretty handy with a kazoo), they are bright and sparkly, gently interactive.

Twistin’ the Swing

Twistin’ the Swing is a lively acoustic gypsy jazz band influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, 1930- ’40s swing and Romani songs. Hear the music of Asher Truppman Lattie on clarinet and saxophone, Phillip Beatson on gypsy guitar, Travis Hill on la pompe guitar and Djordje Nikolic on double bass. The sense of rhythm, musicality and dynamic interplay between band members creates an atmosphere that is highly energetic and engaging. Twistin’ the Swing has performed at events for Auckland Arts Festival, Auckland Jazz Festival and Auckland Council’s Music in Parks.

The Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steelband

This band is thought to be the first steelband in Aotearoa, performing since 2005 with the authentic steelpan music of the Caribbean to ‘liven up de place’ and bring smiles to the faces of everyone. The band has performed all over Aotearoa and in Australia. The Caribbean pannists are joined by talented musicians from Samoa, South Africa, Japan, Hungary, Israel and the United Kingdom.


Other acts performing in the eastern laneways this weekend include Mema Wilda, Chemistry Roller Crew and the Auckland Gospel Choir.

Auckland Gospel Choir