Auckland’s new festival Elemental AKL draws to a close ·

Auckland’s new festival Elemental AKL draws to a close

The exciting inaugural Elemental AKL festival finished this week with further strong attendance over the final weekend of events including Albert Park’s interactive light playground Tūrama, Mangere’s social impact storytelling sold-out event NUKU Live, and the Elemental Hub in Aotea Square.

Auckland’s new festival has brightened up the region with a diverse and vibrant programme of more than 65 events and 120 participating eateries throughout the wider region.

From Matakana to Mangere, Henderson to Ponsonby, Auckland’s winter story was brought to life with a captivating line-up of dazzling light shows, delicious culinary events, spectacular cultural performances and uplifting entertainment – with almost half of the events free.

The excellent finish to the 31-day festival included full houses at the three-course hangi dinner Tunu Tahi at the Smoko Room, InsideOut Productions’ powerful storytelling performances Te Hono – The Gathering in the Auckland Concert Chamber, and the fun-filled Silent Disco Citywalk with Papaya Stories.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager Destination, Steve Armitage, says the popularity of the events throughout the month reflected an outstanding inaugural programme put together by ATEED and numerous partners.

“Aucklanders and visitors alike embraced the opportunity to celebrate our region’s unique winter appeal through the festival.  Elemental AKL is on its way to being an unmissable annual highlight for our region, supporting the Destination AKL 2025 strategy’s priorities for sustainable growth of our visitor economy,” he says.

The 2019 festival brought Auckland’s food story to the forefront with Elemental Feast, which explored the unforgettable gastronomic scene available throughout the region with more than 120 eateries offering a themed dish designed just for the festival.

The extensive culinary offering through the month had several sell-out events, including high-profile international chef collaborations with Manish Mehrota and Anna Hansen, and world-renowned mixologists Matt Whiley and Sother Teague at Eat Drink Love Ponsonby.

The 2020 Elemental AKL will again be held from 1-31 July. Further information on next year’s programme will be available here in the coming months.

Elemental AKL is a new region-wide festival illuminating Tāmaki Makaurau during winter. It featured a captivating programme of more than 60 free and ticketed events which celebrated Auckland’s energy and vibrancy through light, cuisine, culture and entertainment. 
Elemental AKL was proudly presented by ATEED, which invests public money in major events on behalf of Auckland Council to showcase Auckland and help to transform our region. 
Applications for 2020 Elemental AKL event funding will open in September 2019, with a further opportunity for smaller in-venue events to apply in February 2020. Contact majorevents@aucklandnz.com for further information on the application process and dates.

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