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Black Grace Provide Free Buses for Open-Access Arts Festival

Black Grace presents
Curated by Neil Ieremia

ASB Waterfront Theatre comes alive with Pacific art this weekend with the inaugural FREE arts festivalThe Guerrilla Collection. To ensure everyone who wants to experience this free festival can do so, Black Grace are providing free buses so that even those who can't afford transport into the city can experience the event.

Running throughout the day on Saturday 3 November, buses will pick up people from Manukau and Henderson and bring them into the centre of activity at ASB Waterfront Theatre. The full bus schedule is below, and available on the Black Grace Facebook page.

The entire festival is pointedly open-access, with Black Grace NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia determined to avoid price being a factor in limiting people from being able to enjoy art.

"I want Pacific people to see themselves on stage, their stories, people they can relate to," says Ieremia. "Constraints come with selling tickets and meeting box office targets so I decided it was high time to bust the model."

In a festival environment with food, panel discussions, live music and visual art exhibitions, The Guerrilla Collection kicks off on Friday night from 7pm, with performances all weekend long in and around the ASB Waterfront Theatre. A total of seven curated movement-based pieces will be showcased on Saturday, including two family-friendly performances; the popular Baggage by Jandel J and the Funky Friendsopens the day at 12pm, and Neil Ieremia himself will be in action launching his new children's bookElephantic at 1pm.

The final schedule of 30-minute works from some of Auckland's finest artists has also been confirmed, with each piece exploring the future of the largest Polynesian city in the world from a uniquely Pacific perspective. Visit The Guerrilla Collection website for the schedule and full details.



November 2-4
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland
Friday: 7pm – 9.30pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8.30pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6.30pm

Free entry to all events with no booking required - first in, fist served

Featuring works by Anapela Polataivao, Neil Ieremia, Sean Macdonald, Courtney Sina Meredith, Jandel J and the Funky Friends, Leki Jackson-Bourke, Paul Fagamalo, Bella Kalolo, Vela Manusaute, Victor Rodger, and Anonymouz

Full schedule available online at


Free bus services are running to and from The Guerrilla Collection on Saturday 3 November

Henderson Pick Up/Drop Off Point - Trust Arena Bus Stop, on Universal Drive
Manukau Pick Up/Drop Off Point - Main Mall Entrance Bus Stop, on Leyton Way

10:45am Pick up Manukau and Henderson
2pm Return to Manukau and Henderson

2:45pm Pick up Manukau and Henderson
5pm Return to Manukau and Henderson

5:45pm Pick up Manukau and Henderson
9pm Return to Manukau and Henderson

Spaces are limited, first in first served. Bus services are run by Brougham Buses.
For inquiries please email

To support this endeavor, The Guerrilla Collection Fundraising Gala will include live performances highlighting a selection of the festival’s programme, a welcome from esteemed dignitaries and an opportunity to hear from the team behind the project:

Gala Evening
1 November, 7:30pm
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
Tickets now on sale:
0800 ATC TIX (282 849) or online at


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