Discover Auckland’s vibrant past with more than 200 events and interactive activities at this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival, on from 17 September to 2 October.
The festival runs alongside Rugby World Cup 2011, and Auckland Council is proud to offer Aucklanders and visitors the opportunity to discover Auckland’s rich heritage and participate in events that celebrate it.
The Mayor sees the festival as an important fixture on the annual Auckland events calendar, which is part of his plan to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.
“The record number of events available this year gives us all the chance to embrace Auckland’s unique multicultural, natural and built history,” says Len Brown.
“The heritage of each of our communities is the foundation of our sense of place and our belonging. To understand where we are going, we must understand where we have come from,” says the Mayor.
There is no other festival in Auckland that offers such a wide programme of events.
From our rich engineering heritage to life for the Chinese community in colonial Auckland, this year’s programme showcases the diversity of our communities, landscape and history.
Bring the whole family. There are loads of activities for children to enjoy, including a pirate day, garden hunts and Victorian children’s games.
Other activities include guided heritage walks, tours of historic sites including Auckland’s unique volcanic terrain, concerts, historic market days, movies from the silent era, historic collections, classic yachts and cars, a sail on a heritage vessel, an insight into our military history and other fascinating stories from our past.
Auckland Heritage Festival programmes are available from your local library and service centres, or you can visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/heritagefestival for detailed event listings.