What’s On This August

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26 July 2023

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Theatre, sports, art, and lots and lots of fashion is coming your way this August. Pencil your favourite events into your calendar now – August is a busy month nationwide! 

NZFW: Kahuria
29 August– 2 September

The most anticipated fashion event in the country is here. For a week, designers showcase their collections to fashion enthusiasts and trendsetters. Look out for established local designers such as Kate Sylvester, Kathryn Wilson, Kiri Nathan and Juliette Hogan.

New Zealand Darts Masters 2023
4–5 August

Photo: Stephen Barker

Get ready for a stunning weekend of darts entertainment as the World Series of Darts returns. Eight of Oceania’s top competitors will take on eight of the best in the world — don’t miss your chance to be at this colourful darts party.

Takurua – Ti’iTi’i Sacred Knowledge
4–6 August

Mouth-watering fine dining, thrilling dance, traditional theatre and comedy blend together during this Māori and Pacific Island experience, inspired by the ancient trickster legend, Ti’iTi’i- Atalaga. Tickets include a five-course banquet, so bring an appetite.

Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia 
29 July–29 October

Robert Campbell Jr, Nagku people, Aboriginal camp at sunset, 1988, the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Boorloo/Perth.

A new major international exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia, presents more than 150 works by First Nations Australian artists, from 1890 to today. It is the largest overview of First Nations Australian artists to ever be exhibited in New Zealand. Free admission.

Fashion for a Cure
3, 14 August
Nelson, Dunedin

August spoils fashion lovers again. This unforgettable evening raises vital funds for breast-cancer research in New Zealand. Find inspiration for your wardrobe as some of New Zealand’s top fashion designers showcase their latest collections on the runway. Event MC Wendy Petrie will guide the audience through the night’s events, which include live and silent auctions to support the cause.

23–27 August

This year, WORD has more than 60 events taking place in the city centre across five days. With 150 guest authors attending, festival-goers will have access to some of the best storytellers and writers in New Zealand, along with Ngāi Tahu stories, debates and panels.

18–19 August

Seventy local and international breweries are taking part in Beervana at Sky Stadium, including Cassels, Heyday Beer, Shining Peak and Three Sisters Brewery, to name just a few. Try out a new beverage and enjoy live entertainment and food stalls.

Après-ski Feast Mt Difficulty 
Wednesdays to Sundays, Winter

Bannockburn’s iconic winery Mt Difficulty is dishing delicious winter warmers to finish your perfect day on the slopes! The limited-time winter menu for two includes slow-cooked lamb shoulder, dessert, and a glass each of pinot noir for $150. 

Classical on Cuba
2-3 September

Stephen A’Court.

Wellington’s musical crawl on Cuba Street is the perfect weekend for both the classical connoisseur and first-timer, with an eclectic and buoyant mix of 80 musical shows. The Bridgerton-esque concert by ‘The Whistledowns’ is not to be missed – enjoy string quartet hits from the popular TV show performed in Regency-era attire.

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