One of Auckland’s most treasured festivals kicks off in style this Thursday night as Titirangi Festival of Music openers Cha Wa bring their international funk flavour to the Festival Ballroom, flying in from their hometown New Orleans for their sold-out show. Concerts by Bic Runga and Sola Rosa have also sold out, but there’s plenty of free activities across the weekend.
Several thousand music lovers are expected to converge in the leafy suburb of Titirangi across the weekend to participate an all-ages friendly programme. Aside from our New Orleans guests, the programme is made up of incredible local talent, with a free outdoor concert on Friday night and a huge programme of free events throughout the day on Saturday. There’s cover for all the outdoor events, so the festival is all set for rain or shine.
On Friday evening, local music star SJD takes the stage for the free Local Explosion concert at the Festival Hub outside the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, with support from emerging Titirangi talents Blu Fish, as well as Mhara Marimba playing alongside The Titirangi Chamber Choir.
5.30pm Mhara Marimba & The Titirangi Chamber Choir
6.30pm Blu Fish
Food and drink trucks available from 5.30pm
Free Family Fiesta
12:00-4:30pm, Tent at the Festival Hub
Feel free to ‘laugh out loud’ with magician extraordinaire Le Cirque De JP as he hosts an afternoon of family-friendly music and fun activities, featuring ukulele trio The Nukes with a combined orchestra from local schools, Lee Majors (from 95bFM’s Kids Show) ‘Kids’ Disco’, Kimata’s African Tribal Drumming (with lots of opportunity to join in), and the brilliant marching band Superhero Second Line. The afternoon finishes with prizes and a superhero-led parade where children can show off their creations from the Te Uru Art Trail.
Te Uru Art Trail
12:00-4pm, Festival Hub
Te Uru again presents the Art trail, this year inspired by global street carnivals. Morph into a spectacular exotic bird, by making a funky percussion instrument to wear around your neck with chiming bells, sequins and feathers. Then create a vibrant bird mask with dazzling plumage and then finish off with face painting to transform into a musical work of art. You can then join the parade with Superhero Second line from 4pm.
There will be prizes on the day and lots for the kids to do.
1:00pm Urban Sanctuaries Panel Discussion- neighbourhood ecology.
2:00pm Fringe Ukes
3:00pm Green Bay High School singer-songwriters
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
1:00pm Gitbox Rebellion
Gitbox is a multi-member guitar ensemble that performs intricate and clever original compositions as well as a few much-loved guitar hero covers.
In the Village
3pm-6pm With Street artists and musicians throughout the village
Skools Out Stage (outside Glovers)
12-3pm Avondale College, Green Bay High School, Bad Dog, Park Rd Band
Cockspurs Vintage Stage, run by Labretta Suede
3pm - 6pm Titirangi Festival presents the 'Cockspurs Vintage Stage' - located just outside Cockspurs Vintage, Ray White, Fairy Flowers & The Village Kebabs right in 'The Village'
But wait there’s more
By popular demand, the gold coin entry Silent Disco returns, running from 5:30-8:00pm on Friday and Saturday in the undercover carpark at the Festival Hub.
NEW: Titirangi Festival presents Yoga for Ōtautahi (Christchurch)
40 minutes of gentle yoga, ALL are welcome! Followed by some heartwarming tea lovingly brewed by Rebecca at Bohemia Tea Co. Koha entry and all funds raised will go to support the families in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). Saturday, 10:30am at the Festival Hub.
Come and see why Titirangi is the place to be this weekend.