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Melted Ice Cream, Cabaret and History Buffs

14 Apr 2020
Move over plant-based diets, the latest trend is couch-based gig guides. Take a look at eclectic and intriguing offerings hitting your lockdown screens this week.

We’re about halfway through week three of lockdown, and I’m struggling to remember what it was like to go to shows. It’s funny how quickly you get used to this new normal. I was watching a music documentary the other night and kept wanting to yell at the crowd to stop standing so close to each other. 

It’s probably going to be a long time before we get to be in a crowded venue watching artists do their thing. With that in mind, here are some interesting online arts events that are worth checking out until we’re able to do it in the flesh again.

Better Living

Ōtautahi record label, Melted Ice Cream are putting on Better Living, Everyone, a two-day online festival featuring a pretty choice lineup of musicians, including the magnificent Marlon Williams, Lawrence Arabia and Emily Edrosa, streaming from their homes into yours. 

Taking place on the 17-18 April, 4.30 PM until late, streaming at


Pride Revisited

Ending HIV is hosting a free live broadcast of the ‘Everybody Interesting is Gay.’ The show was filmed live during the Auckland Pride Festival season earlier this year and had sell-out runs in both Auckland and Wellington. Described as “A touch of sex-ed, a dose of pride, a hint of advocacy and a whole lotta high kicks,” the musical cabaret will be streamed from the Ending HIV NZ Facebook page, Saturday 18 April at 7:30 PM. 


Q&A with CNZ

Creative New Zealand recently gave some more details about their Emergency Response Package for artists affected by COVID-19.  Artists and arts organisations will be able to apply for funding from Tuesday14 April (today!) under three different tiers. On 15 April at 11 AM, CNZ is teaming up with PANNZ and Auckland Live to hold an online hui to answer questions people might have about the new funding - you can find the details on its website


GI Represent

Glen Innes, 1945.

Historian and author Megan Hutching is holding an online lecture about the history of Glen Innes and Panmure. The webinar is part of the HeritageTalk series that looks at the historical stories of Aotearoa and the Pacific. Megan’s talk is based around a series of oral interviews carried out with GI residents in 1990. These interviews capture stories about how the area changed after the Second World War, with Megan linking it to changes currently affecting the East Auckland suburb. Head here to book a space and a Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.