This year's Southside Arts Festival boasts something for everyone - from visual arts, live music and theatre to dance and community events with a strong hip hop undercurrent.
More than 20 events will run over 18 days at venues across South Auckland as well as the Auckland museum, Auckland Art Gallery and Pah Homestead.
New Zealand's brightest young fashion designers promise to flaunt it at the annual Cult Couture while the Southside Gig and the Mixer concert will present Aotearoa's best hip hop, reggae and R'n'B artists.
New to the festival is the Southern Gallery Express, a free bus tour from Karangahape Rd to South Auckland's top three galleries and Pah Homestead in Hillsborough. Each tour will be hosted by artist-performers.
More than half of the festival programme is free.
The Southside Arts Festival runs from October 17 until November 3.
An explosive day of breakdancing and graffiti battles with aerosol kings TMD, BGirl Bonita from NYC's Rock Steady Crew and
Auckland's own world champion dance crew Royal Family. The programme peaks with an evening showcase that includes Ladi6, Raiza Biza and Team Dynamite.
October 26: 9am-9pm, Vodafone Events Centre. Day events are free. Preshow $10, hip-hop evening show and awards $15, tickets on the door.
■ The Mixer
An all-ages event boasting the best of Pacific and Maori music from reggae to R'n'B with an Old Skool theme for 2013. Lineup includes Three Houses Down, Ria, Anonymouz, Dei Hamo with DJ Al Goodie.
October 25: 8pm, Vodafone Events Centre. Tickets general admission $25, gold $35, door $40. Go to ticketdirect.co.nz or phone 0800 224 224.
Manukau Concert Band takes listeners of all ages on a tour of music through the times.
November 3: 3pm, Mangere Arts Centre. Free.
We Are Pasifika
Pasifika composer Opeloge Ah Sam, backed by Manukau Symphony Orchestra, leads world-class Pacific soloists including international baritone Eddie Muliau'maseali'i.
October 19: Vodafone Events Centre. Tickets $25, $35, $40 from ticketdirect.co.nz.
The centrepiece of the Southside Arts Festival. Now in its 11th year, Cult Couture looks to a Pacific future by fusing visual and musical performances wrapped in fashion.
November 2: 8pm-10.30pm. Tickets $25 from ticketdirect.co.nz.
Award-winning New Zealand comedy from Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong, tracing a friendship spanning more than 40 years, two cultures and one neighbourhood.
October 15-25: Tickets $15-$25 from boxoffice@ atc.co.nz.
Home, Land and Sea
What does being a Southsider and New Zealander mean? Themes explored in this dynamic work from LIMA Dance Theatre.
October 18-20: 7pm, Otahuhu College. Tickets $8-$15, phone 021 034 2981.
Objective Art Awards
New Zealand's premier show for object art. Judged by Octavia Cook, Matt Blomeley and Hanna Scott.
October 5-December 5: Mangere Arts Centre. Free.
Based on global underground craze of live art battles reminiscent of Fight Club.
October 19: Otara Music Arts Centre. Free.
Go to southside.org.nz.
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