Ok, so you're probably paralysed by indecision because there's a buttload of dope shit happening this weekend, but let me try and snap you out of that and encourage you to attend my picks for fun things to do; Splore, kicking off on Friday the 19th and finishing Sunday the 21st, and then late Sunday afternoon there's a great talk back in Auckland, Control: Fighting It, Losing It, Finding It.
I attended my first Splore last year, with my partner in blog crime Aroha, and we had a silly amount of fun. Located at the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park an hour out of Auckland, it was a legit good time. What can go wrong on a beach with amazing musicians and artists, so many great friends, fruity costumes to marvel at, great healthy food and even a huge out door yoga class.
This year promises to be no different, with a plethora of musical acts from at home and around the globe, artists and intellectually engaging activities. On the music front, there's three days stacked with DJs and musicians across four stages (if I'm counting them right). I'm especially looking forwards to Little Simz, and like last year I'm sure I'll discover a bunch of artists I'd not seen or heard before. I'm looking forwards to having my heart and ears filled up with the musical offerings I'm going to be introduced to.
As well as music, there's actually a host of other interesting stuff to take part in or attend at Splore. For example, the esteemed Russell Brown, you may know his excellent work at Public Address, is hosting a very interesting series of panels on Saturday at The Listening Lounge. I'm humbled to be partaking in a discussion about somethings you might not know about drugs, alongside some New Zealand notables on the subject, before leading drug policy expert Dr Sanho Tree, delivers the key note speech "about the foundations of the global drug war in US foreign policy imperatives, the reasons it has failed and the prospects and means for reform." At 12, the theme and cast of the panel changes to the state of Dance music. Including Aroha, Eddie Johnston, and Lady Flic, it all promises to be very illuminating and thought provoking.
If sitting down listening isn't your thing, there's heaps of physical fun to be done. Mind out of the gutter children, There's also handstand and dance workshops, workshops on hula hoops and acrobatics, you can up skill yourself and your dreams of joining the circus and eloping can start to take shape!
The whole event is super family friendly, kids under 12 get in free and there are three and two day tickets which are still available. Go on, get out of town and broaden your horizons, it'll be a nice time, promise!
After Splore, I'm heading back to the village I fluctuate between loving and hating to listen to some kind smart people talk about things I find fascinating; addiction and anxiety. My dear friends Damaris Coulter (Coco's Cantina) and Dominic Hoey (Tourettes) join brainiac and all round cool person Sara Illingworth (Impolitikal) to chat about these topics that touch a lot of our lives. Sonia Grey is hosting the night, and I'm really looking forwards to sitting back, listening, learning and probably laughing. Entry is by donation, $5 should do it I reckon. The more we talk about anxiety and addiction, the better we can help those in need I think, so if you're looking for something smart to do, this is for you.
As always, whatever you do this weekend, please drive, drink and drug safely (or hey, don't drink or drug at all, sobriety is fun, honest!), don't touch people's bodies without them wanting you to and saying you can, be nice to strangers and animals, and just generally be a good person. Have fun out there!