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3 – 19 December 2019
9 January – 9 February 2020
Free in Aotea Square

Doc Edge is proud to be part of the first Auckland Live Summer in the Square programme with free screenings of a selection of fantastic films from this year’s festival as well as gems from previous years. 

Auckland Live’s free inner-city festival Summer in the Square is a veritable feast of music, outdoor movies, kapa haka champions, interactive installations, and includes the Auckland Pride OurParty celebration. The green space behind the Auckland Town Hall will become an urban sanctuary of entertainment ─ running from 3 to 19 December then returning in 2020 from 9 January to 9 February.

Auckland Live has teamed up with the crème de la crème of Kiwi film and cinema to offer a stellar programme with Films in the Square. Doc Edge Festival, the New Zealand International Film Festival, Screenies and Show Me Shorts Film Festival have curated films to screen on the enormous outdoor Digital Stage creating a free outdoor cinema right in the heart of town.

Thursdays will become the new movie night for film buffs with a selection of festival favourites playing at 7pm, including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, My Neighbor Totoro, and Poi E. Sundays are reserved for a collection of seven Doc Edge Festival films – Hip Hop-eration, Dancing in Jaffa, The Serengeti Rules, The Sound of Her Guitar, More Human Than Human, Hot to Trot, and China Love.

The BOX in the Square Café and Bar at the edge of the grass terraces will be open for all to enjoy a drink and snack, while the outdoor lounge setting is complete with deck chairs and shade awnings to create the perfect atmosphere all summer long.

Doc Edge Films in the Square Schedule:

Hip Hop-eration, 4pm Sunday 8 Dec 2019 (by award-winning kiwi director, Bryn Evans – Born Racer)
Dancing in Jaffa, 4pm Sunday 15 Dec 2019 (by Hilla Medalia – Peabody Award-winner, three-time Emmy® nominated director and producer)
The Serengeti Rules, 4pm Sunday 12 Jan 2020 (by Emmy Award-winning director, Nicolas Brown – Human Planet)
The Sound of Her Guitar, 4pm Sunday 19 Jan 2020 (directed by kiwi filmmaker and songwriter, Bill Morris, Central to the Soul)
More Human Than Human, 4pm Sunday 26 Jan 2020 (by multi-award winning directors, Femke Wolting, Tommy Pallotta)
Hot to Trot, 4pm Sunday 2 Feb 2020 (directed by Gail Freedman)
China Love, 4pm Sunday 9 Feb 2020 (directed by Olivia Martin McGuire)

You can download the full programme here.


Aotea Square
3 December – 9 February
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Music in the Square is offers an eclectic range of free musical performances. The sensational line-up over the summer months has something for everyone with more than 40 acts, including electro-popstar APOSTILLE all the way from Glasgow, a special group sing-a-long with All Together Now!, and a showcase from Girls Rock Camp to name a few. Folk aficionado Finn McLenan-Elliott has curated a programme of folky delights from 16 to 19 January, featuring the talents of Fables, Paper Cranes, and Donna Dean among others.  

One of Melbourne’s most exciting creatives, dynamic Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) crosses the Tasman this summer to introduce 10 Minute Dance Parties to Auckland for the first time! All ages and all moves are welcome in this succinct mini-rave in a converted shipping container complete with strobe lighting and haze. The whole whānau is invited to this interactive dance party to celebrate the universal joy of having a boogie and the most fun possible in ten minutes.

A series of special events will offer a free activation from inclusive performance company Touch Compass in conjunction with International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Montréal’s HUBStudio are bringing their gentle giant south for the summer in the delightful interactive experience MurMur.

The much loved 95bFM Kids Show returns with special guest performances by Tanya Batt and Little Ripples. Tāmaki Makaurau Kapa Haka Regional Championships take over the Aotea Centre 24 to 25 January, while outside in Aotea Square you can soak up the atmosphere with waiata, kai and free pop-up performances from championship competitors. Tāmaki Makaurau celebrates Auckland’s rainbow community in the CBD as Auckland Pride Festival hosts OurParty on Saturday 8 February in Aotea Square after rainbow communities reclaim the city streets in the community-centred, OurMarch.