Auckland Live is New Zealand’s largest platform for live arts and entertainment. Its venues and iconic places – which include the Aotea Centre, Aotea Square, Auckland Town Hall, The Civic, Queens Wharf and the Bruce Mason Centre – are the stages for presenting a programme of world class live performances, international companies, and local artists and arts communities.
Auckland Live is based in the Aotea Arts Quarter- the arts, cultural and civic heart of Auckland/ Tāmaki Makaurau
Celebrating and showcasing creativity, the Quarter is a vibrant and diverse destination, and has long been a place of significance the region: from the pre-European days when Māori fished from the Waihorotiu stream which flowed through its centre, to its evolution as the city’s civic heart, to further flourishing alongside Auckland’s dynamic arts and culture scene.
Today, the Quarter is home to many significant and much-loved buildings including The Civic, one of the last remaining ‘atmospheric theatres’ in the world; the heritage-listed Auckland Town Hall; and the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki. It is a key destination for live entertainment and performing arts in the city with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, thriving independent theatre hubs the Basement and Q Theatre, and the much-loved Classic Comedy Club located there.
In addition, the Auckland Arts Festival, the Auckland Writers Festival and the NZ International Comedy Festival all call the Quarter home, as do the Auckland City Library, the Auckland Council and Mayoral office. You’ll also find the recently refreshed walkway to Karangahape Road through Myers Park, which boasts the inner city’s best children’s playground.
Auckland Live’s Aotea Centre is currently undergoing a phased redevelopment project, starting with significant internal and external refurbishment work to give the building a vibrant makeover. This will be followed by the planned Aotea Studios development which will create New Zealand’s first fully resourced, dedicated home for performing arts development.
Auckland, New Zealand