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Auckland Winter Festival Elemental AKL underway with music, food and art

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These igloo-shaped “Snugs” can be booked as private dining areas in Aotea Square during Elemental AKL. Photo / Supplied

Time to get out of your winter hibernation, Auckland.

Elemental AKL is back for a third year, bringing a mix of over 50 free and paid events and experiences across the city.

The mid-winter festival started on Wednesday and continues until August 1.

The center of activity is the Winter Playground in Aotea Square, where an ice rink and slide already attracts hundreds of skaters every day, according to Auckland Live.

Five domes where up to eight people can dine privately, known as The Snugs, are also back.

Equipped with comfy furniture, blankets and heaters, the five eye-catching geodesic domes are the perfect places to kick back and relax during the coziest winter gatherings with friends, team lunches, parties. birthday or pre-show meals. “

Reservations can be made at heartofthecity.co.nz/auckland-events/snugs

The world is still inaccessible to most of us, but luckily its tastes remain close at hand with Auckland’s night markets featuring authentic international cuisine, from Hungarian flatbread to churros.

Angus Muir Mountain of Light at Heard Park, Parnell Rd, Parnell.  Photo / Michael Craig
Angus Muir Mountain of Light at Heard Park, Parnell Rd, Parnell. Photo / Michael Craig

It is possible to eat take out, alfresco in the square or inside a reserved Snug.

And if people-watching isn’t enough entertainment, Auckland Live’s digital stage features projections of the Southern Ocean adventure, Go Further South, featuring penguins, killer whales and icebergs, while the cameras take you on a virtual journey through the landscapes of the icy submarine. -Antarctic.

Orchestral rave Synthony – where a full orchestra, live DJs and singers mix the magic of lights and lasers with some of the most beloved dance tracks of the past 30 years – has a one-night show at Spark Arena

tonight.

Synthony, a dance event involving a full orchestra, DJs, live singers, lights and lasers, sold out during Elemental AKL last year.  It's back in town tonight.  Photo / Supplied
Synthony, a dance event involving a full orchestra, DJs, live singers, lights and lasers, sold out during Elemental AKL last year. It’s back in town tonight. Photo / Supplied

Meanwhile, subways and buses will be free after 9 p.m., until that day’s service ends, throughout the festival, Auckland Transport said.

Face coverings must be worn on public transport.

The free services were a great way to get home safely after enjoying their evening at an Elemental event, said Inspector Siaosi (George) Fanamanu, Auckland District Traffic Police Director.

“We don’t want people to drink and then make the wrong decision to drive, endangering their passengers and other road users.

“There is always an alternative to drunk driving, so plan your trip home ahead of time. “

Takarua - Battle of the Brothers is an evening of dinner theater, inspired by ancient performances and hospitality in Maori and Pasifika traditions.  Photo / Supplied
Takarua – Battle of the Brothers is an evening of dinner theater, inspired by ancient performances and hospitality in Maori and Pasifika traditions. Photo / Supplied

Back in Aotea Square, the Takurua – Battle of the Brothers dinner theater offers a banquet of neo-Pasifika cuisine by a team of the best Pasifika chefs in the city, led by Wallace Mua Frost from Euro Bar and Restaurant, and accompanied by demonstrations of Maori martial arts and contemporary Pasifika dance.

For those who wish to soak up the sun, Winter Forage at the end of the month begins with a guided city walk that includes learning about the plants, leaves and berries that can be eaten, as well as knowledge of the harvesting traditions of maori food.

Exhibitions, dinner tastings, live music, art trails and harbor cruises are also planned over the next two weeks, with more information about the festival at www.aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival

The Auckland Harbor Bridge also lit up last night for vector lights for Elemental AKL, with light and sound shows continuing every half hour between 6 p.m. and midnight through July 31.

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The soundtrack is available on www.vector.co.nz/about-us/sponsorship/lights, with Little Shoal Bay in Northcote, Bayswater Marina, Bastion Point, Mt Eden, Harbor View Beach Reserve in Te Atatū and the Auckland waterfront among the places where the light show is best seen.