Elemental AKL is a new region-wide festival illuminating Tāmaki Makaurau during winter.

Be energised and entertained with a diverse array of thought-provoking new works, crowd-pleasers, and interactive, immersive events.

Take part in a captivating programme of more than 40 free and ticketed events showcasing Auckland’s vibrancy through light, cuisine, culture and entertainment.

Here is a selection of the festival programme:

  • Dazzling light shows – Stunning installations lighting up Auckland’s parks, waterfronts, city streets, and other public spaces.
    • Tūrama
    • Stellar
    • Magic Myths and Legends of Aotearoa
    • Elements of Parnell
    • Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights
    • The Glow Show
  • Regional flavours – Delicious dining events and masterclasses, curated menus, local wine and craft beer festivities, and a diverse range of fabulous food shows.
    • Craft'd Wine and Spirits Festival
    • The Big Foodie Food Tours
    • Wine and Food Celebration
    • Sunset Sail and Graze
  • Cultural spectaculars – Vibrant Māori and Pasifika performances, captivating theatre, and interactive events.
    • Te Korakora
    • Te Hono
    • Matariki on the Waterfront
    • InMotion Matariki
    • Celebrate Marariki at Auckland Zoo
  • Entertainment – Dynamic theatre productions, unforgettable storytelling, and awe-inspiring musical performances.
    • First Thursdays
    • Art After Hours
    • Pop-up Globe
    • NZ International Film Festival
    • War Horse
    • NZ Trio
    • Mid Winter Magic

Elemental AKL will delight, inspire and show you why Tāmaki Makaurau is a place unlike any other.