PHOTO: Auckland Pride Festival

The month-long public arts and culture festival, Te Tīmatanga (The Beginning), hosts an array of Maori performers as part of the Auckland Pride Festival in February.

Auckland Pride is proud to confirm its 2022 schedule which boasts 90 arts events – the highest number of arts offerings in the festival’s 10-year history and constituting half of the festival’s program filled with over 180 phenomenal events.

The extensive Auckland Pride Festival 2022 program takes place under the auspices of Ki Te Whai-Ao – by the glow of dawn, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Pride in Aotearoa.

From February 1 to 27, 2022, Tāmaki Makaurau will fly the rainbow flag in the cultural sector, providing audiences and artists with the much-needed opportunity to engage in dance, theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, live art, cinema, drag performances, ballroom, circus, crafts, literary events, public art exhibitions and much more.

“We are incredibly thrilled to present such a strong creative arts-based program for Pride 2022,” said Creative Director Elyssia Wilson-Heti.

“We are committed to being the home of queer creative arts in Tāmaki Makaurau and to collaborating more deeply with the community. This is exemplified by the exceptional rōpū of artists as part of Te Tīmatanga and the extensive programming we are proud to present for Pride 2022.”

On February 3, the celebrations kick off as Auckland City Hall hosts the Pride Gala – a highlight of the annual festival providing a tantalizing entrance to the creativity on display during Pride Month.

The 2022 iteration promises to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever under the direction of Pride’s new creative director, Elyssia Wilson-Heti.

Hosted by 2022 Billy T Award nominee Janaye Henry and Pasifika performance engine Paul Fagamalo, the Pride Gala will include a number from the GALS Choir, ballroom showcases from COVEN-Aucoin & House of Givenchy, premieres – premieres of the Carnies & Queers circus show and the DIRTY PASSPORTS spoken word show, a song and poem by Blaise Clotworthy and Stef Knight, as well as pieces by Tongan dancer Mosi Lata Webster, the incredible Tangaroa Paul and the performer and singer Brady Peeti.

The beginning of a new opportunity to embrace and learn, the month-long public arts and culture festival, Te Tīmatanga (The Beginning), seeks to celebrate talents, resilience, nuance and lived experience of the Kāhui (constellation) of Aotearoa Takatāpui – hosting an array of esteemed Maori artists.

In collaboration with RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT and Te Tuāpapa Mate Āraikore o Aotearoa, this is a groundbreaking public art activation in central Tāmaki Makaurau.

Pride’s kaiwhakahaere takatāpui Hāmiora Bailey has curated a phenomenal lineup of multidisciplinary takatāpui artists including Hana Burgess, Fern Ngatai, Brady Peeti, Tangaroa Paul, Huriana Kopeke Te Aho, Kahu Kutia, Te Kaahu, Trinity Thompson Browne, Atarangi Anderson, Tyson Campbell , Tyrone Te Waa, Jessica Thompson, Taylor Te Atarua Davis, Pounamu Wharekawa, Liam Brown, Quack Pirihi, Māhia Te Kore, Alesha Adhar, Samara Alofa, Matariki Bennett, Mahina Bennett, Tihema Bennett, Abigail Aroha Jensen and Sara Moana.

There’s even more chance to enjoy all the city has to offer at this festival with Oliver Cain’s They Were Roommates exhibition, She’s Crowning, an adaptation of The Crown like you’ve never seen it before. at the Basement Theatre, and Exotic Blooms where you can stroll through the Auckland Botanic Gardens with drag performers performing the spectacular blooms.

Artspace Aotearoa’s annual new artist exhibition Cruel Optimism also joins the schedule with Misty Frequency’s Mana Maintenance and People of Power and the launch of the third issue of The Agenda Zine.

Festival favorites NYMPHO, a queer dance-focused club night, return for their second Pride Festival Party, with Lychee Baby debuting a juicy queer Asian party and joining Loud and Proud – Queer Music Festival for their fourth showcase Auckland’s experimental and underground LGBTQIA+ musicians and experience the best of Auckland’s queer underground music scene.

On Waiheke Island, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery presents Intergenerational, an intergenerational exhibition featuring queer artists from Waiheke.

In New Lynn, the Charlotte Museum opens a new exhibition SPACES: Photos Celebrating Our Places by Dar’ya Starykova while in Parnell, the Auckland War Memorial Museum hosts Pride Family Fun Day.

Now in its fourth year, Auckland Council’s Proud Centers are back with a program that sees Auckland Council-owned halls, libraries, recreation centers and other facilities open their doors to community members Auckland’s LGBTQIA+, helping them host and deliver a range of community events for all to enjoy.

With over 50 events from Māngere to the Te Atatū Peninsula, a Proud Center pop-up is coming to a space near you.

Highlights of 2022 include the return of the FINE Festival to the Māngere Arts Center Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Drag Queen Story Hours at local libraries, Siapo Workshops at community centers and the return of the Queers & Wares Craft Market.

Auckland Pride would like to reiterate that vaccine passes are compulsory for all festival events and that details of individual events’ COVID-19 plans are published on their event listing on the Auckland Pride website.

Auckland Pride undertook robust planning for all eventualities in February and continues to place the health and well-being of Tāmaki Makaurau Rainbow Communities at the heart of all decision-making.

Auckland Pride invites rainbow communities across Aotearoa to explore the full program, now live at aucklandpride.org.nz.

With over 180 events in the Auckland Pride Festival 2022, there is something for everyone to mark this historic moment as we celebrate 50 years since the dawn of Pride in Aotearoa.

Auckland Pride Festival 2022 is made possible by Core Funders Foundation North and Creative NZ, Major Partners Spark and Rocketwerkz, and Strategic Pride Partners Auckland Council and Auckland Unlimited.

Auckland Pride Festival 2022 runs from Tuesday 1st to Sunday 27th February 2022.

Key dates:

February 1: Tuwheratanga
February 1-27: Te Timatanga
February 3: Pride Gala
February 10-12: FINE Festival
February 13: End HIV Big Gay Out
February 16-20: Same but different
February 26: Pride March
February 26: Pride Day