Auckland Council’s popular Auckland Heritage Festival returns from 23 September – 8 October with the theme of ‘Peace, Love and Protest’ – marking 50 years since anti-nuclear protests were embraced by New Zealand.
Sail aboard Breeze, the brigantine that stood in for Rainbow Warrior on the 1985 peace flotilla to Moruroa; get a sneak peek inside historic St James Theatre to find out how campaigners plan to save this grand old building; or send along your older tamariki / children and rangatahi / teenagers to learn how to make an effective protest poster with award-winning cartoonist Toby Morris.
With over 160 events – many of which are free or low-cost – taking place across Tāmaki Makaurau, Mayor Wayne Brown said he is delighted to invite residents and visitors to join the festivities.
“The Auckland Heritage Festival is a unique journey through our city’s rich history that acknowledges our heritage and shares the stories of our beautiful region,” he says.
“‘Peace, Love and Protest’ focusses on Auckland’s more recent history, adding a modern twist to the festival that reflects the dynamism of our ever-evolving community.”
With walks, talks, vintage markets and an afternoon tea or two, there’s plenty on offer to interest everyone and learn about the generations of Aucklanders who have shaped Tāmaki Makaurau.
Auckland Heritage Festival runs from 23 September – 8 October across Tāmaki Makaurau.