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Check out our line up of events for the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival!

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Date: February 5 
Time: 5.40pm
Location: Whare Wānanga, Central City Library
Cost: Free. Donations appreciated.
Audience: Transgender and Gender Diverse people (see note below), 18+
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions, concerns, or needs. 
Notes: See the Facebook event for additional details.

Converse is a social gathering for trans and gender diverse people who want to meet new friends and have a chill trans-positive chat over some kai in a relaxed space. We will also have some feel good giveaways at the event. 

This free event is for trans and gender diverse people over the age of 18, and we welcome those who are transitioning later in life, or are still exploring their gender. This includes people whose identities don't neatly fit within Eurocentric notions of gender. 

Legacy Project 5

Legacy Project made an exciting return this year as part of Auckland Pride Festival, showcasing 6 short theatre pieces by the emerging queer artists in Tāmaki Makaurau. Each of these are in their own way bold, challenging, and exciting. 

Three depicts three men in a polyamorous relationship during a camping trip. It is a fresh and vibrant composition to start off the show with. However, the challenges of this relationship seem to have become resolved before it was fully established, and I do wish to see a more in depth exploration of such challenges. On a different note, the three contrasting personalities were established successfully and held well by Andrey Sukhomlinov, Fabian MacGregor & Zak Enayat. 

Vision of Desire is a sci-fi piece that explores authoritarian governance, surveillance and ageing within the overarching theme of sexuality. Michael (played by Zach Robinson) has less than a month to find his soulmate before he turns 30. Aatir Zaidi’s bold vision makes it a challenging script to manage, but was carried out effectively with great performances. The minimal set also worked in its favour.

We're pretty chuffed at our line up of events for Auckland Pride Festival 2018! Be sure to mark your calendars and come hang with the Breaking Boundaries crew this February.

On February 4th, check out our Making Music with Randa workshop. This is an opportunity to collaborate and create a new track with local rapper and dickies-wearer extraordinaire, Randa. Even better - it's 100% free and open to all ages. No musical talent necessary, we will go over the basics of songwriting in a fun, casual and interactive way. Spaces are limited, so be sure to register before it's too late!

When: February 4th - 11am to 1pm 
Where: GridAKL - 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland
Who: LGBTIQ+ people and friends. All ages.
Cost: Free. Register here.
Supported by Creative Communities Scheme Auckland.

Next up we have our popular Board GAYmes Night on Febraury 6th (Waitangi Day). Join Breaking Boundaries for a night of coffee, queers and the most wholesome entertainment known to humankind – board games. Whether you like cards against humanity, or a classic game of chess, Breaking Boundaries’ Board GAYmes night has you covered. We’ll provide plenty of games – but feel free to bring your favourite along, especially if it’s something strange and obscure that no one really knows the rules to. We’d love to play it with you!

When: February 6th - 7pm
Where: GridAKL - 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland
Who: LGBTIQ+ people and friends. All ages.
Cost: Entry by koha (donation). 

Well, you probably already know about the next one - on February 11th we'll be hanging out at our stall at the Big Gay Out. Come say 'hi' to the hardworking team, get some free stuff, and try out our Magnetic Poetry (yep, we've revived the old crowd favourite). We'll be in the marketplace area - be sure to check it out for great food and great organisations (like us, yeah). It's a great day and should not be missed. 

When: February 11th - 12pm onwards
Where: Coyle Park, Pt Chev
Who: Everyone!
Cost: Free!

And now, it's the event ya'll have been waiting for. Our supremely popular and amazing Queer Open Mic night! Whether you’re keen to get up on the mic, or just want to sit back and enjoy the show, Breaking Boundaries’ open mic night is the perfect place to get creative in a supportive and friendly environment. And with two very special guest performers, this is definitely not one to miss! You know the drill, bring your friends (or come alone, we will accommodate you), grab some koha kai, and enjoy the show. 

When: February 14th - 7pm
Where: GridAKL - 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland
Who: Everyone! But the mic is reserved for queer and trans voices.
Cost: Entry by koha (donation).
Supported by Creative Communities Scheme Auckland.

And for our finale, come and unwind for a relaxing end to the Auckland Pride Festival. Unleash all of those pent up feelings on February 18 at the Breaking Boundaries Crafternoon. Hang out and create your own custom patches, jewellery, and other crafty goodness. We will have a range of speciality fabric, fabric paints and pens, craft supplies, and jewellery making supplies on hand. 

When: February 18 - 2pm to 4pm
Where: Betty Wark Room, Ellen Melville Centre. Cnr High Street & Freyberg Place, Auckland
Who: LGBTIQ+ people and friends. All ages.
Cost: Entry by koha (donation).
Supported by Creative Communities Scheme Auckland.

And that's all for February folks! But be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can stay up to date for our events and projects throughout the year!

#Together We Create




Transgender Homelessness New Zealand

Breaking Boundaries director Tycho Vandenburg is seeking participants for their PhD research exploring transgender and gender diverse homelessness in New Zealand. 

"I am currently seeking interest from people who would like to participate - anyone aged 16 to 35 who identify as transgender or gender diverse, and who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness/housing instability. This includes anything from couch surfing, to living in rough conditions, to sleeping on the street. This is open to people throughout New Zealand, not just Auckland. Participation includes a series of interviews, self-directed photography, and creative exercises. People who participate will receive a $20 voucher (choices are available) per interview, and those who stay to complete the project will be able to keep their digital camera.

At this stage, I am particularly hopeful to make contact with more women and people on the feminine spectrum.

I am happy to answer any questions, and recognise the turbulent histories that trans and gender diverse people have with participating in research or being researched on. I am hopeful I can give reassurance that this project goes beyond normative psychological approaches (this is a community psychology project) and may contribute to positive and meaningful change for our communities."

Contact Tycho at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 22 Nov 2016 for three years. Reference number 018155.

This project is not directly affiliated with Breaking Boundaries.