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Officially opened in 1911, this Italian renaissance revival-style building not only serves as the Council Chamber and city mayoral offices, it has two performance venues, the Great Hall and the Concert Chamber, as well as several function spaces. The wedge-shaped building underwent a NZD32.8 million restoration in 1997 to maintain its heritage features and Edwardian elegance. The Great Hall is regarded as one of the finest concert halls (acoustically) in the world, and has hosted circus acts, formal government dinners, weddings, music awards and rock concerts. It seats 1700 people, while the Concert Chamber caters for up to 400 people.
New Zealand opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa opened the centre in 1990, and the multi-purpose venue is host to productions by Opera New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the Auckland Philharmonia, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as international artists, conventions and exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances. Various venues within the centre, such as the ASB Theatre, seat audiences from 180 to 2256.
A mecca for an array of sport and entertainment events, the famed Spark Arena in Auckland is perhaps one of its many gems. This sprawling space is complete with a well laid-out seating plan and an incredible stage graced by international luminaries and the likes of Beyonce, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey and the native sensation Lorde. Earlier known as Vector Arena, this venue has reserved a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders due to the stunning repertoire of events that it offers. From sports and music to film, comedy and more, this astounding indoor arena not only enables an immersive viewing experience, but it also ensures that the sheer spell of its very fabric stays with its patrons.This expansive venue can also be let for a number of events, some of which are business programs, community events, expos and balls. Should you need refreshments, you can frequent between a range of restaurants like the sprightly Tuning Fork, a bar, diner and an entertainment venue which reminds of the 'Great South Pacific'.
Backbeat is one of the best entertainment spots when it comes to live music performances. The center has enthusiastically promoted various kinds of music, so much so that it is fondly referred to as a music museum. The vibe of this place is soothing and welcoming, giving you a chance to have a great time. Various live music performances take place here and the place is also available for private hire, so you can bring your family along and enjoy your favorite band playing, at this rustic music venue.
The Powerstation is a licensed, live music and entertainment venue. It has an audience capacity of 1000 plus, and some big names in the music industry have performed here in the past. It is also a regular venue on the Oddfellows New Zealand International Comedy Festival itinerary and has even hosted a New Zealand heavyweight boxing title fight! The liquor licence here allows minors to enter. The Powerstation is only open for events—telephone or check their web site for details.
Every community needs a center or an organization that guides its young generation, Zeal is one such venue. This center focuses on innovation, development of leadership skills and knowledge enhancement. With this aim in mind, it encourages youth to participate in various creative activities or similar events and workshops. Zeal prides itself in being a drug and alcohol free venue, thereby providing a safe and positive environment. Barring dance parties, most of the events held here allow entry to all above 13 years of age. Young people can showcase their skills here; theater, dance, concerts, art exhibitions and various other forms of art are endorsed here. That’s not it, the on-site spaces like café, main stage and rehearsal room can be hired for gigs and shows provided they are in sync with core values of Zeal. For upcoming events and other information, check website.