This Week: What's on in Auckland

00:28, Oct 23 2012
LIT UP: The Diwali festival will transform the CBD into a shining beacon of Indian dance, food and music.

Looking for something to do this week? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.

Main Event
Diwali Festival Auckland - Saturday and Sunday

From food to clothing, performances and more, the Diwali Festival brings Auckland together to celebrate all the exciting forms of Indian culture. Aotea Square will be full of Bollywood dance, street theatre, authentic Indian food and henna artists all weekend, as well as a Diwali walking trail linking Britomart to the action, with entertainment along the way, and prizes to be won.

Diwali Festival, October 13 and 14 at Aotea Square. Entry is free.

Free Stuff
Racket Book Swap - Wednesday

Rather than dumping unwanted books in public rubbish bins or leaving them on the bus, Britomart bar Racket invites book lovers to bring down those no longer loved titles and pass them on to a new home. Whether it's the Twilight series or your dad's John Grisham, anything and everything is welcome.

Racket Book Swap, October 10 from 6pm at Racket Bar, Britomart. Entry is free.

Family Fun
Mary Poppins - opens Saturday

She's the original supernanny, and now Mary Poppins is here to bring a little sparkle to Auckland. Magical, clever, funny and touching, this production has spent two years touring around Australia before heading across the ditch. Full of all the songs made famous by the movie, this stage version is bigger, and better than anything Auckland theatre-goers have experienced before.

Mary Poppins, starts October 13 at The Civic. Tickets from $55 from Buy Tickets.

Date Night
In Flagrante - opens Saturday

It translates to "caught in the act", and Mary Jane O'Reilly's neo-burlesque show is some act. A repeat performance of its premiere last year, now 12 months older it is described as edgier, funnier and sexier - erotica for the thinking person - with six dancers diving into the spirit of burlesque

In Flagrante, from October 13 at Q. Tickets from $50 from the venue.

Staying In/Going Out

To get you in the mood for the show, TV2 are playing the original Mary Poppins film, in all its Julie Andrews glory. Even all these years on, you can't beat A Spoonful of Sugar.

If you are over tapas and sliders and degustation menus, then what about trying some Ethiopian fare? Café Abyssinia in Mt Roskil has a full Ethiopian menu, and only serves coffee made from the African beans.  

Mary Poppins on TV2, Saturday at 6.30pm
Café Abyssinia, 190 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskil

Best of the Rest
Upfold Family Comedy Magic Show at Howick Library
Paul Ubana Jones at One 2 One Cafe, Ponsonby

Death of a Salesman at Maidment Theatre
Billy Bragg in-store at Real Groovy Records
Viv's Triv Trailer Trash Trivia night at Cassette Number Nine

Billy Bragg at Auckland Town Hall
NZ Open Swing Dance Championships at Ellerslie Events Centre
Anika, Boh and Hollie Acoustic Church Tour at Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Russian Imperial Ballet Company presents Swan Lake at Aotea Centre
The Peter Urlich Swingin' Sextet at Paddington Live
APO Open Day at Auckland Town Hall

World Champs Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at Vellenoweth Green, St Heliers
Africa Night at Auckland Zoo
An Audience with Sir Jon Trimmer at Q

Michael Houston at the Auckland Town Hall
Egg and Spoon Book Club at Monterey Coffee Lounge

Third Person, Tense! At The Basement
Sing For Joy Choir at St Leo's Catholic School, Devonport

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