The 2020 Auckland Writers Festival is scheduled to run 12-17 May. We say “scheduled”, but obviously given the state of the pandemic, all group events should be considered tentative right now.
Anyway, as you know, we here at SFFANZ News like to trawl through the programmes of events like these to see what SF/F/H events we can spot. In truth, there are not many and most of the connections are pretty tenuous – if you have any feedback about the narrowness of the organisers’ idea of “literature”, why not reach out to them. So, this is what we found (feel free to add others in the comments)…
The World According to Star Wars : Cass Sunstein
Unstable Worlds – just because Tim Jones, we have no idea if this has genre content.
New Frontiers – Elizabeth Knox & Lawrence Patchett – just because Elizabeth Knox.
Wallace Shawn – As an actor this chap was in The Princess Bride and Star Trek:DS9 but his writing does not appear to be genre.
The Auckland Fringe is happening. And as is our way at SFFANZ News we (well one of us) trawls through all the events looking for things that might appeal to the SF/F/H fans out there. Sometimes that can be a bit of a hopeless task, but for the Fringe we found some stuff that might be of interest. Except, well, we aren’t too sure. Is really genre stuff or does it just hint at it a bit? We aren’t sure.
First up is Can I Get An Underground Location and a Mythical Creature? Its on at several venues so check the main festival page for all the events. This item is certainly geeky and has a fantasy aspect, but is it our genre?
But then there is Carcinus Rex – a crab on an epic quest. And what about The Grin Reaper – is that of relevance?
Seriously, we really want to know. What sort of event should we be highlighting? Have we set the bar too high or too low? And more importantly, have we missed anything?
Basement Theatre returns with its annual Christmas Show and this year it has an SF theme.
It’s day one hundred and something of orbiting the earth and things are pretty dull aboard the International Space Station. All there is to do is eat freeze-dried space pav, hook up with each other and squabble over who deserves the highly coveted role of Captain of the ship. But, when the crew discover the hidden agenda of one of their fellow space colleagues, chaos ensues. Will this ragtag bunch of dysfunctional cosmonauts be able to perform a Christmas miracle and save humankind?
A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas invites you aboard for a space adventure starring a killer cast alongside some of Aotearoa’s most beloved household names and local celebs. It’s going to be out of this world!
The season begins its Auckland run on 21st Nov and runs through to 20th Dec. You can find all the details here – https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2019/nov/a-fricken-dangerous-space-mas
Pre-sales have started for Charles Ross’ One Man Star Wars Trilogy. All remaining tickets go on sale on Friday at 4pm. Tickets available from ASB Waterfront Theatre and Ticketmaster.
The critically acclaimed theatrical experience One-Man Star Wars Trilogy – the hit comedy that condenses all three movies into 60 minutes of side-splitting fun – is coming to Auckland this November/December.
Created and brought to life on stage by Canadian actor Charles Ross, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is just what it seems – a live whirlwind adventure through a film franchise (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) that has preoccupied the imaginations of billions the world over. Ross singlehandedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships and fights the battles. Experience the original Star Wars movie trilogy in an entirely new way.
Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy has been performed for over a million Star War fans. NOTE: Audience members are invited to wear costumes, but no masks or weapons are allowed. For more details, have a look on Eventfinda.
Get your geek on.
Nanogirl Labs are proud to present Nanogirl Live! “Bring on the Noise!” – a Live Science Spectacular.
Nanogirl, Boris (her trusty lab assistant), and CLAIR (Constantly Learning Artificial Intelligence Repository) are back for a brand new action-packed adventure, bringing you science and engineering as you have never seen them before. In this interactive show filled with experiments, explosions and music – Nanogirl Live! brings science and engineering to life in the coolest ways possible, right before your eyes. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and do science on stage with Nanogirl too!
After three sellout tours, this brand new show by the internationally touring Nanogirl Live! Team, and starring Dr. Michelle Dickinson features all-new experiments, and all-new explosions – with plenty of extraordinary musical sounds to be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Ticketmaster Presale for shows in Auckland and Wellington in late November starts at 9:00am, Wednesday 24 July and ends at 8:59am, Wednesday 31 July 2019, strictly subject to availability.
So we here at SFFANZ News were looking at the programme for Auckland Live and were trying to work out what what would be most relevant for SF/F/H fans. What we came up with was Blockwith. The following description caught our eyes:
Step into the digital playground of Blockwith, where you create your own avatar on your smartphone then watch as it interacts and builds an ever-changing landscape with others on the larger-than-life Digital Stage in Aotea Square.
Blockwith has already started its run, but continues to June 21, so plenty of time for you to check it out. Let us know what you think – an SF activity or not?
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The Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium is taking place in Wellington on Saturday 8th June.
It isn’t strictly an SF/F/H event, but this part of the description caught our eye as being of genre interest:
Prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, videogames, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences, present insights, and future plans.
Learn how to create imaginary worlds, engaging narratives, immersive experiences, develop original IP, grow audiences and build sustainable creative practices.
This event is associated with the ChromaCon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival 2019. The ChromaCon event is being held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland 1-2 June. Yes we know it clashes with Geysercon – quite the dilemma for genre artists.