Mika’s Aroha Mardi Gras
Friday 23 September 6pm and 8pm.
Outrageous, eye-opening and extremely entertaining, Mika's Aroha Mardi Gras is a flamboyant extravaganza that shows off Auckland, in all its magical diversity, to the world! Featuring an all-star cast, AROHA Mardi Gras is created by Mika - a captivating entertainer and original New Zealand Māori artist who's not afraid to cross boundaries - especially for the REAL New Zealand Festival.
Mika's AROHA Mardi Gras is a distinctly 21st Century Māori experience, combining the myriad of cultures that now call Aotearoa home - Japanese Taiko drummers, Tongan brass band, Chinese choir, Bollywood and Polynesian dancers - with traditional and techno-inspired Māori kapa haka crews.
Played out over three unforgettable evenings, this multi-cultural carnival will also feature well-known pop singers, fashion shows and funky Kā 400 flash-mobs, the 350 warrior strong Te Tai Tonga kapa haka group, drag hysterics from Miss Ribena and The Manu Dolls, local 1st XV rugby teams, and a scrum pack of ex-All Blacks, former Olympians and many of New Zealand's favourite celebrities.