Arts & Culture Expressions of Interest

For 2023, we're doing things a bit different. While it is important to us to remain an an open-access for all events, we’re looking to better support the artists and creatives in our community. This means Auckland Pride is calling for expressions of interest for arts & culture events separately to our community events. 

Contact Information
Where are you based?
Event Information
Venue & Dates
Pride Elevates
For more information on Pride Elevates, please read the EOI Information Document
Supporting Material
What additional considerations have you taken with regards to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Equity, and Intersectionality to help us to achieve our strategic goals?
If you've submitted a venue application or funding application, feel free to attach that documentation here instead of or additional to the information provided above
  • EOI Information Document

    Before submitting your EOI, please read our information document comprising of everything you need to know about Expressions of Interest for the 2023 Festival. Download it here.

    If you have any further questions you can email our Creative Director, Nathan Joe at [email protected]

  • What is an arts & culture event?

    It might look like anything from visual arts, performing arts, filmmaking, dance, and any cultural practice from kapa haka, to weaving, or lion dancing. Community events, on the other hand, are things like open mics, workshops and bingo nights.

  • Pride Elevates

    Auckland Pride is working with an exciting new partner to be able to provide greater financial support for these arts & culture events that will take place during Pride. We hope that by doing so we can reduce the financial burden on artists and producers and enable them to spend less time on funding applications and more on doing what they love.

    Auckland Pride will be curating the Pride Elevates programme with arts & culture events that we want to see go the next level. These are events we want to provide additional support to reach their full potential. 

  • Key dates

    31 August - Arts & culture EOIs open
    10 October - Community event registrations open
    23 October - Arts & culture EOIs close
    6 November - Information deadline for First Release Programme
    22 November - Auckland Pride Launch and First Release Programme Released
    11 December - All Festival registrations close
    January - Full Programme Announcement

  • Key venue information

    Q Theatre - Summer at Q:

    Submissions for Q Theatre open on the 1st of September, and close on the 7th of October. To learn more, visit the Q Theatre website or if you would like to discuss any Summer at Q specifics, please email Padma Akula, Producer | Kaihautū [email protected]

    Basement Theatre:

    Submissions for Basement have formally closed, however the programming team welcome any inquiries and are always happy to discuss late submissions. For more information email: [email protected] 

    Factory Theatre:

    The Factory Theatre (Onehunga) is seeking submissions for Pride month next year! They have space to programme everything from shows (including full seasons, or one-offs), exhibitions, workshops, presentations and all manner of creative expressions. For more information email: [email protected]

  • Provocation

    As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to confront new challenges as a connected, global rainbow community. With our lives and rights under threat with new emboldened attacks around the world, a growing outbreak of monkeypox overwhelmingly affecting our community, alongside our ongoing fights for progress here at home - a bold and unapologetic Pride continues to be vital.

    After the cancellation of the 2022 Auckland Pride Festival due to COVID-19, the 2023 Festival will be a triumphant return of Pride with a renewed purpose and defiant energy. The stories told on stage will be a significant contributor to this - and we can’t wait to see and support the works that you’re creating to be presented as part of Pride 2023.

    So as the countdown to the 2023 Festival begins, we’re finalising our theme and campaign that we’ll present the Festival with. But in the meantime as a teaser, we’re thinking about how we can uplift stories and communities, how we can take our celebrations of who we are to another level, how we can rise above these new challenges, how we can step up our Festival to reach more people than ever, and how we can ultimately elevate our communities, culture, and city at large.

    As the iconic Ciara once said: Level Up.