Britomart highlights this week – Thursday December 20

Food! Art! Fashion! Music! Christmas cheer! It’s all live at Britomart this week.

If you’re reading this before 9pm on Thursday 20 December, and you’re not at Street Kai on Takutai, don’t delay! You can still make it down to Takutai Square to stuff yourself with the vast range of appetizing street eats available from our food trucks and street food stalls. There’s live music, an outdoor bar with refreshing beverages from Mexico, and most of Britomart’s retailers will be open until 9pm, so you can squeeze in any last-minute shopping you need to do. See you there!

Are you following our Instagram @britomartnz? If not, you’re missing out on chances to win yourself and a friend a Britomart Black Card pre-loaded with anything from $50 to $200 in the lead-up to Christmas. Plus, you’ll be kept abreast of sales, specials, new openings, seasonal menu changes, events and much more through next year.

This Friday 21 December from 12pm, the team at Juliette Hogan Britomart will be helping make festive-season shopping a little more fun with glasses of bubbles served in-store to shoppers. If you haven’t yet found a relaxed, fluid dress with a bit of leeway in the waist area for Christmas day, this could be the place to get it.

There are just a few short days left to sort out a Britomart Black Card for that special someone before Christmas. Just imagine the joy on their face when they open their card to find a licence to choose anything they like (up to the value you’ve pre-loaded) at any of our 65+ boutiques, bars, eateries and salons inside. To avoid late-delivery disappointment, pick up a Britomart Black Card direct from the Britomart Carpark foyer, or keep an eye out for our pop-up Black Card stall in Takutai Square or the Atrium. Photograph by James Ting.

Make your life a little easier – when you’ve finished your Christmas shopping at Britomart, stop by our free gift wrapping table in the Atrium on Takutai, where (until Sunday 23 December) you can have your gifts wrapped in our two exclusively designed papers by Chris Hutchison and Charlotte Graham. Donations to the Auckland City Mission are welcome.

Auckland’s best New Year’s Eve party is at Britomart again this year. More than 20 awesome bands and DJs will perform at 13 different venues at the Britomart Block Party in association with Asahi, George FM and BHG Events. The last few Block Parties have sold out, so if you’re over 18, make sure you and your mates get your tickets by booking them here.

It’s been a big year for art at Britomart. Since February we’ve been enjoying the beautiful work ‘Symphony‘ by Shannon Novak in the Galway St Westpac overbridges. Our ongoing Works On Paper project featured Tracey Tawhaio and (currently) Tyrone Ohia, with more to come next year. And for the next few weeks, you can enjoy works from renowned artist Sara Hughes’ ‘Boundary’ series (pictured) in our Customs St Projectspace gallery (she’s also responsible for the ‘Heat Haze‘ artwork on the Britomart Carpark train station entrance) as well as Charlotte Graham’s ground-based Te Waiora artwork throughout the precinct.

It’s the last session of Strange Summer Streets before the Christmas break this Saturday. At 3pm, the talented Eimear Kelly (pictured) will give a heartfelt, Beatles-influenced set until 3.40pm. Straight after, it’s the star of the Mount Maunganui Busking Festival, Campbell Mack until 4.20pm, and the session finishes with 15-year-old twin sisters Alina and Abella Wang. Pull up a beanbag, and enjoy the sun and the sounds.

That’s all from us for 2018, folks! Nine Blocks (and our other newsletters, LookBook and Britomart Food) are signing off for summer. We’ll be back on Thursday 17 January. Until then, Britomart will be open normal hours through the holidays, except for Christmas Day (closed) and limited hours (11am-5pm) Boxing Day and January 1 and 2 for those who open. We know there are some great Boxing Day deals on, so come in on the day to grab one. Thanks for reading. E noho rā!