Auckland Arts Festival lights up the city this Saturday 12 March as ‘White Night’, an evening of free to attend exhibitions, installations and performances returns for its third year. 

Building on the success of 2013 and 2015, this Saturday from 6pm till midnight, Auckland will once again make its mark on the global art scene and play host to White Night, an evening showcase of all things culture and art at over 100 venues throughout the city. 

White Night (Nuit Blanche) originated in Paris 2002, with French artistic director Jean Blaise calling for cultural institutions to remain open until midnight or later for one night only. Transforming the city itself into a gallery, the best contemporary art and culture was to become accessible to the general public. 

The now longstanding event has since evolved and spread around the world. Joining the ranks of famous cities like Copenhagen, Florence, Toronto, Madrid and Melbourne, Auckland’s White Night caters to all with everything from visual art and illuminations to performances and design. See a full programme of things to see and do here and check out what’s happening at Britomart below.


What: Join visual artist Tim Gruchy at sunset for a digital display projected onto the façade of Britomart’s historic Australis Nathan Building. 

When: Saturday 12 March, from sunset (approximately 8.30pm)

Where: Australis Nathan Building, Takutai Square


What: Get lost in America artist Isaac Layman’s window display of works from his first solo museum collection ‘Paradise’, a photographic exploration of mundane, everyday objects overshadowed by an abstract pretence free from context and labels.

When: Saturday 12 March, all day

Where: Britomart Project Space, 26-28 Customs Street East, Britomart 



What: Revisit your activewear draw, pull out anything white you can find and join the lululemon athletica Britomart team for a white themed complimentary yoga class.

When: Saturday 12 March, 7-8pm and 8.30-9.30pm

Where: Takutai Square, Britomart