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Manukau to celebrate opening of new arts centre

Manukau to celebrate opening of new arts centre

Manukau’s much-anticipated new arts facility, Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, will be officially opened on Friday 3 September.

The opening will be followed by a full weekend of celebrations, with more than 40 performances featuring over 300 performers.

The centre’s theatre and courtyard will be packed with activity including dance, music, comedy and poetry by acts including Kila Kokonut Krew, Tony T Band, Grace Ikenasio, Moana Ete, MBrace Pacific Dance, Anonymouz, Manukau City Concert Band and many more.

The inaugural exhibition in the gallery, manu toi; artists and messengers, curated by Nigel Borell, will also be open for viewing. The exhibition features pieces by an impressive lineup of artists with a connection to the Mangere area, working in a range of disciplines including photography, installation art, moving image and more.

Naomi Singer, Manager of Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, welcomes the community to join the celebrations.

“We are very excited to share this beautiful new facility with the people of Mangere and Manukau; the opening weekend will be the first of many wonderful community events at the centre. Join us in celebrating creativity and talent from across Manukau, Aotearoa and the Pacific.”

For a full schedule of the opening weekend, go to www.manukau.govt.nz/mangereartscentre

Opening Celebration Weekend
When: Saturday 4 September, 10am - 11pm
Sunday 5 September, 12pm - 4pm
Where:Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue
Cost: Free

Note: Part of the southern motorway, around the Newmarket viaduct, will be closed over this weekend, so please allow extra time for travel anywhere in Auckland.


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