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Auckland revealed Bright New Winter Festival Auckland revealed Bright New Winter Festival

Auckland Revealed Bright New Winter Festival

Auckland is gearing up for a new city-wide winter festival this July, lighting up the longer darker winter nights with illuminations, theatre, food and family activities.

The inaugural Elemental AKL is a month-long festival, between July 01 – 31, inspired by air, fire, earth and water and destined to cast a new light over the city, also known as Tāmaki Makaurau.

Elemental AKL will play out during Matariki – the traditional Māori New Year season celebrated when the Matariki / Pleiades star constellation rises in the southern sky. Focused on harvest, food, arts and family, Matariki is increasingly celebrated across New Zealand.

More than 40 events taking place in public places, theatres, bars, eateries and hotels will transform the city into a creative canvas themed around sensational local cuisine, dazzling lighting installations, impressive entertainment and culture.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has worked with event partners from throughout the region, along with the local food sector to create a new festival to liven up the traditionally quieter mid-winter period for New Zealand’s largest city.

Locals and visitors will have their pick of everything from Shakespeare, live music, art and performances to Māori dance and storytelling, a giant glowing puppet show, scintillating lighting installations and food, craft beer and boutique wine events.