21 November 2016

First Thursdays

First Thursdays Carnival! - 1 December 2016, 6 - 9pm


Carnivals – who does them best? Rio, Venice, Sydney? K' Road, of course, with the street's signature late night art event First Thursdays set to combine quirk and edginess with the pageantry of Mardi Gras to create First Thursdays – Carnival. Brush up your masks, break out your most colourful costumes and come and help K' Road celebrate its last knees up of the year. Samba dancers, steel drums and street food are all on the agenda as retailers and revellers come out to play, kicking off K' Road's Christmas season in style.


The official hashtags:

#firstthursdayskrd & #kroadnz


On the Street

Brazilian Divas and Ak Samba

Colour, costumes and hip-gyrating moves – Brazilian divas are set to samba their way up and down K' Road accompanied by the irresistible rhythms of percussionists, Ak Samba.


Southern Star Steel Band

The west end of K' Road will be channelling Trinidad with the sounds of Caribbean, Calypso, Pop, Soca and Traditional beats ringing out, courtesy of the Southern Star Steel Band.


Soul Samba Circus

Sassy accordions, soulful vocals, cranking brass, popping congas, pounding Brazilian drums, and rolling bass lines– Soul Samba Circus are bringing their 12-piece, high energy music collective to Beresford Square


Coconut Grove – K' Road Overbridge

Taking inspiration from 1970's K' Road, Coconut Grove will be delivering music and dance performances reflective of the vibrant Pacific culture which once dominated the street.



Dress Up and Dance – Inside Cecil the Carnivale Lovin' Camper

Cross St


A photo booth with a twist and shout, not only can you don some sparkles and snap selfies with your friends dressed up ready for Rio, but step inside this crafty camper and shake it, flick it, stawp lock 'n drop it for a collective Carnivale dance video!


Floral Head Crown and Mask Making

Get into the carnival spirit and join Becky at the entrance to George Courts for a workshop on how to make floral head crowns and eye masks.



Along K Rd



Amnesty International Cnr K Rd & Queen St

Amnesty International is looking forward to connecting with the local community and neighbours on K' Road.



Revel Café 146 K Rd

A special $10 carnival-themed cocktail is on offer all day, served up by staff decked out in festive attire. The menu and café décor will reflect the celebratory occasion and a candyfloss and popcorn machine will be stationed outside.



Neck of the Woods 155b K Rd

The crew at NOTW will bring supreme carnival sound clash vibes to the street. Notting Hill Carnival eat your heart out. Ya know wat I mean!



Retro City 161 K Rd

Open late for vintage and collectables with an in-store carnival theme.



The Third Eye 177 K Rd

Sale specials and a lucky dip gift with all purchases between 6pm-9pm



Vixen 191 K Rd

Vixen windows will be dressed in the finest Madi Gras opulence to celebrate the night. Four $50 in-store vouchers will also be up for grabs to best dressed customers.



Leo O' Malley Menswear 235 K Rd

Check out the festive window display



Karanga Ink 238 K Rd

Karanga Ink and KI gallery go wild for Carnival! Resident tattooists doing one-off flash pieces and WILDLIFE exhibition by local artist JDubzWallspice at KI Gallery. Also special guest fortune tellers offering insight to your journey! ~come delight yourselves with the wild style of Carnival!



The Hemp Store 253 K Rd


In-store party for hempy hedonists and ganja groovers, with DJ's, previews of the globetrotting dak doco Druglawed 2 on the big screen, spot prizes, hemp nibbles & more.



Rebel Soul back of Samoa House Arcade 283 K Rd

Freak Show

Roll up Roll up. Get your FREAK on at Rebel Soul Records with Dean Martell's Punk Rock Disco, Miss Dom, Slim Pickens, Evil Clown and Toilet Tits. Vinyl only DJ's, burlesque, bikers, strippers and genuine FREAKS! 5-11pm.



Holm Cafe 295 K Rd

Holm Cafe invite you to look over a mixture of art from Kenneth Merrick, Reece King, Micheal Prosee, and a sneak peak of works by Kamp Studio. Usual menu items and a few evening specials also available for you to enjoy.



St Kevin's Arcade 179 K Rd

BYO DIY Fashion Show

Walk the red carpet in your carnival creations. Snap yourself in the photo booth at the end. Open to all.


Naked Empire – The Style Syndicate

Clowns and Creeps … a perfect night out in other words … In store specials and themed gifts.


Royal Minki

From Suddam Hussein to Adolph Hitler, character masks, are the theme of the night at Royal Minki …. come reinvent yourself ….. the Royal One will even perform tricks for you on request


Rita Sue Clothing

Rita Sue will be offering 20% discount on all sales after 6.00pm on the night and a special draw for a gift basket worth over $150 for those who make purchases over $50 between 1 - 4 Dec. The gift basket prize will be drawn on Mon 5 Nov and the winner announced on the same day on Rita Sue Facebook page or contacted by phone


Gemmayze Street

Let the robust, soulful and wholesome Lebanese food of Gemmayze Street fill you with the warmth of spirit of the person making it for you. At Gemmayze Street you will be treated as family.



Ironbank 150 K Rd

Viva Dance Studio Takeover!

The friendly amigos from Viva Dance Studios will be turning the Ironbank Courtyard into a mini Latin Quarter. Drop by and try some Salsa or just watch the fabulous dancing all night long under the stars. Cut through to Cross St for Miller's coffee, street food and secret surprises


Zig Zag Café

Come into the courtyard and enjoy food and drink specials while you watch Viva Dance Studio performances


Mexicali Fresh 150 K' Road

Roll up for a massive taco special on the night



La Gonda Arcade 203 K Rd

Twice as Nice Markets

Twice as nice markets will be hosting two markets where you can enjoy browsing through both handmade goods and vintage clothing and accessories. La Gonda Arcade: Handmade goods, prints, designed objects, jewellery. Cross Street Arcade: Good quality vintage / second hand clothing and accessories.


Quickdraw Outside 203 K' Road

Capture your carnival costumes in festive style with a 10-minute sketch from the Quickdraw crew....$10 a portrait.


Inky Palms

“Hey hey, yep cool. We're going to have an art sale to get the Christmas rush. Come on down to the Inky Palms Pacific paradise and score some premium printed goodness to palm off to your nearest and dearest this festive season."


Mirror Space

Art Show & Open Studio


Lost and Led Astray – Level 1, La Gonda Building

Open studio and new season fashion launch. Cheese, bubbles and garments for sale.

Cross St



Millers Café 31 Cross St

Business as usual at Miller's



Top Café 22a Cross St

Hand-made fresh, wholesome, delicious dumplings.



Search and Destroy & Cecil the Carnival-Loving Camper 2 Cross St

Music and vintage spilling onto the street. Delve into the back room for hidden loot.

Step outside into Cecil 'the carnival-loving campervan' for a photo-booth selfie or carnival dance video.



Cross St Arcade 214 K Rd

Twice as Nice Markets

Twice as nice markets will be hosting two markets where you can enjoy browsing through both handmade goods and vintage clothing and accessories Cross Street Arcade: Good quality vintage / second hand clothing and accessories. La Gonda Arcade: Handmade goods, prints, designed objects, jewellery.



Beresford Square & Pitt St

The Station Bar 2 Beresford Square

Hosting Soul Samba Circus for the evening and putting on an amazing array of carnival-themed cocktails.



Helter Skelter 4 Beresford Square

Helter Skelter will be on board doing its usual coolness



Red Bar 57 Pitt St

Red Bar will be dressed and lit for a tribute to Carnival. Projections, lights, music & Latin-inspired street food will part of the sensory journey.



The Audio Foundation – 4 Poynton Tce (sub-basement of Parisian Tie bldg.

Onowonow: Selected documents from Dunedin's musical underground, 2009-2016.

AF Gallery we will showing a series of short documentary films taken from the ever-increasing archive of Dunedin resident Arron Clarke preserving Dunedin's ongoing pedigree of underground and marginal live music events

The West End



Merge Lifewise Café 453 K Rd

Street Wisdom

Splice are recording and releasing an album of street wisdom from musicians, poets and street dwellers. Merge will be hosting a showcase of some of the musicians involved.



Dan's Barber Shop 459 K Rd

Tourettes Poems for Sale

Whether you need a love poem for your dead cat, a particularly eloquent death threat for your neighbour or maybe just a haiku about the weather Tourettes has it covered. Come along to Dan's Barber Shop, give him a donation and some vague idea and hey presto - your very own poem!



The Thirsty Dog 469 K Rd

Live music, bands, performances, carnival vibe and raucous good times.



TUR 486 K Rd

TÜR presents an exhibition of new work by artist George Oates. Join us for a drink from 6pm.



Madame George 490 K Rd

Madame George will be celebrating Carnival with Latin music, street food and crazily delicious cocktails!!! It's going to be a night to remember, come party!!!



The Keep 504 K Rd

The Keep presents ......... Still lived.

The Keep will present a staged still set where you can make pictures with use of a curated wardrobe. We will also be celebrating with Tom Waits records and a secret room.



Objectspace 8 Ponsonby Rd

Join fabric artist Susan Holmes and curators Cerys Dallaway-Davidson and Doris de Pont at an exhibition celebrating Holmes' almost 50-year-long career. Wear your favourite Susan Holmes garment and share its story with Susan and the team, or bring it along to be photographed and learn more about Susan's incredible work.


First Thursdays' Light Extravaganza - 4 August 2016, 6 - 9pm


Visitors to K' Road's signature late night art event First Thursdays can expect to 'see the light' next month. The theme for the event, scheduled for 4 August, is The Great Light Way – a play on the term used to describe a new community lighting project introduced to the street in the 1930's dubbed The Great White Way.


The new under verandah lighting, coupled with window displays which now remained lit after hours, combined with colourful flashing neon advertising provided by four local cinemas all contributed to a dazzling 'Broadway' feeling on the strip – a feeling which attracted late night shoppers in droves.


First Thursdays, the Great Light Way hopes to create a similar effect, attracting locals and visitors to a spectacle of white and coloured light illuminating the street from east to west. Fire dancers, light sculptures, dancers performing with luminous hula hoops and coloured neon displays triggered by electronic music are just some of the light exhibitions on offer.


Additional highlights on the night include an AUT creative technologies COLAB display, a recycled space lamp exhibition and a roving performance by Mary Jane O' Reilly's White Nights Marching Girls. Cafes and restaurants will be open for street dining by candlelight, Twice as Nice Markets will pop up in La Gonda and Cross St Arcades and flame-grilled street food will feature at K' Road's west end.


For the full programme of events visit (programme updated regularly) or follow First Thursdays on Facebook


What: First Thursdays: The Great Light Way

When: Thursday 4 August 2016

Time: 6 – 9 pm

Where: All along K' Road



Contact Details:

First Thursdays: Rose Jackson

First Thursdays New Orleans Style

First Thursdays Programme First Thursdays Highlights






K' Road is the setting and the inspiration for millions of incredible tales which will feature at First Thursdays: The Silver Screen


On 3 December 2015 from 6 - 9pm a special, secret multi-location cinematic experience will encourage fans to complete a circuit of famous K'Rd spots for enthralling moments of celluloid escapism.


In between times they'll be entertained by street sounds, live performance, markets and movie-themed café treats in typical First Thursdays' style.


Click here for programme


K Rd Stories at First Thursdays goes national on RNZ. Click here to listen.




Along K Road


Monster Threads 161 K Road

Monster Valley Presents: DJ Jimmy Olsen's Live Vinyl Cinema

After debuting at Monster Valley's arts festival 'The Experiment' earlier this year, DJ Jimmy Olsen is back to mix another vinyl only soundtrack to a silver screen classic. Park up a seat for some K' Rd cinema taking on a whole new spin.


Paperbag Princess 145 K Road

Lucia Farron-Diamantis presents... "GET 2" - A "B" class experimental film exploring how woman sabotage one another. Rated "B" for bitch!


St Kevin's Arcade 179 K Road

Make an Entrance

St Kevin's will set the scene from the front of the arcade with a red carpet walk to the top of the Myers Park stairs. Keep your eyes peeled for the paparazzi!


Red Carpet Retail

Search and Destroy, The Cruelty Free Store, Naked Empire, Front Room Fabrics and MatchBox will be open for the evening offering discounts and in-store activities.


Free Hollywood smiles from Search & Destroy.

Front Room Fabrics beautiful hand printed fabrics and other curiosities make wonderful and unique gifts! In store specials and more on this night.


Famous Vegan Silver Screen Stars include Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, May West, Ann Margaret and more! The Cruelty Free Shop invites you to 'Eat like a Movie Star' with 10% off everything in-store on December 3rd.


Make-up for the silver screen

Renowned make-up and nail artist Tanya Barlow will join us at Matchbox to demonstrate how make-up would have been applied for black and white movies. She will also be taking bookings in store to paint nails silver for the event. The demonstration will start at 6.30pm and we can house around 15-20 people so make sure you come early to ensure you have a good spot.


Sirens of the Silver Screen

Rita Sue will bring the glamour, hosting a Hollywood Pinup parade and offering 10% discount on the night!


Read All About It


The Green Dolphin will be open for all those scandalous Old Hollywood biographies and movie trivia book needs as well as posters, DVDs and Blu Rays.




Peter and the team at Alleluya will be hosting Cinematic Sounds with delicious dinner and drinks on offer


Cinematic Sounds

The Carnivorous Plant Society musicians will serenade guests and take them on a sonic journey with their live cinematic jazz


Gotta Dance

In between the cinematic sounds, Swing Out Central will take to the floor and dance away to those Hollywood musical tunes from yesteryear


Fort Greene

Fort Greene is an area in Brooklyn and the King of Brooklyn was Notorious B.I.G so we'll be showing through a projector his best hip hop videos and we'll feature a sandwich in his honour, "The Biggie".Vixen 191 K Road


Vixen 191 K Road

Join Vixen Vintage Boutique for movie star dress ups and in-store screenings.


La Gonda Arcade 203 K Rd & Cross St Arcade 214 K' Rd

Twice as Nice Market

Colab between WORK I SHOP and The Bread and Butter Letter - An exciting mix of vintage clothing and accessories + craft and designed objects at two locations on K' Road.


Pop-up Games Arcade 214 K' Road

Join us in playing some locally made video games on the coolest arcade cabinets this side of Hamilton


Leo O'Malley 235 K Road

The Rat Pack- Make like the Rat Pack and get yourself a dapper Hills Hat from Leo O'Malley on the night.


Rebel Soul 283 K Road (inside Samoa House Arcade)

SISTERS are doing it for themselves - Rebel Soul Records will be presenting SISTERS are doing it for themselves, an all female DJ and selector line up. Come and check out the vibes, sound and power of those who hold up half the world.


Beresford Square

ScribbldAKL Corner of Pitt St and Beresford Square

Dub Dub Dub; The Plot Thickens…What if you could re-write famous scenes from classic and contemporary movies? The dubs are stranger than fiction. Brought to you by ScribbleAKL


The Station Bar

SpeakEasy Cinema -The Station will create a visual and culinary feast for the senses as it converts into a speakeasy cinema for the evening. With accompanied live music, special menu and prohibition cocktails from 6pm-late.


Cross St


Millers Coffee 31 Cross Street

Classics Hits - Up on offer, espresso, music, visuals and some historic hospitality.


Garage Sale 4 Cross St

Beggars Banquet hosts their Garage Sale filled to the brim with clothing and junk! Follow Beggars Banquet on Instagram for sneak previews.


The West End


The Keep 504 K Road

In Celebration of Ceramics


Join us in THE KEEP for a festive glass of Sangria + private view of new clay + moving image works in celebration of the Auckland Ceramics Festival.


TÜR 486 K Road


Join us in the west end from 6 - 9pm to view the latest work from OVNA OVICH, Ben Pyne, Wundaire, Christopher Duncan and THYEN.


Studio One Toi Tū 1 Ponsonby Rd

Al fresco NZ film screening

Studio One Toi Tū hosts a special screening of rare New Zealand film with the chance to discuss the art of the silver screen with one of New Zealand's only film processors and cinematographers, Ian Powell.


On the Street


Street Portraits

On the street across from St Kevin's Arcade

Ten minute sketches of your best movie-star pose in any genre our artists can muster....$5 a portrait.

Super Hero Second Line

Roaming around K' Road

The Superhero Secondline will burst from the screen and bring brass and bass sounds to the streets in and around K Rd!



The West End of K' Road

Come and see them stroll their battery-powered rig along K' Road where they will be performing their improv electronica. They have a big sub so bass lovers won't be disappointed.




K Rd Stories Film Programme


One legendary street. Ten unexpected stories. Anything could happen.


Film Synopses


The Event


Written by Dominic Hoey (Tourettes)

Directed by Eddy Fifield

An exceptionally hungover Seff tries to piece together fragments of the night before as he is accosted

on all sides by assorted locals accusing him of a mysterious lewd act.


Put Your Hands Together Please

Written and Directed by Jane Sherning Warren

When a conflicted young artist offends her pretentious boyfriend after he steals the limelight at their

joint exhibition she is chased only to be saved by a protective drag queen with a pool cue.



Written and Directed by Petra Cibilich

In a K Road laundromat where creeps and regulars stray in and out, Anna fights a broken drier and

the urge to talk sense into a wayward woman.


A Load Of Trouble

Written and Directed by Grant Lahood

A lonely man, on his weekly visit to the laundromat, goes on a strange voyage of discovery to solve

one of the great mysteries of life.



Written & Directed by Karyn Childs

An overprotected boy escapes into the nightlife of K Road where a chance encounter gives him a

taste of real freedom.



Written and Directed by James Solomon

A late night walk home for a young man leads to an awkward confrontation with a local drifter.


Safe Words

Written and Directed by James Solomon

A struggling actor's attempt to spice up his love life sees it thrown back in his face by his domineering

girlfriend's approach.



Written & Directed by Clint Rarm

A slice of life comedy about two lovable hustlers with an entrepreneurial spirit trying to scratch a living

on the fringes of K Road.


Sugar Hit

Written & Directed by Roseanne Liang

As three friends debrief over tea after a mysterious incident, their sugar hit has a unintentionally

mind-altering result.



Written & Directed by Nikki Si'ulepa

A love story that's not quite as simple as 'boy meets girl'.



The Bake Pod

498 K Road


Dan's Traditional Barber Shop

459 K' Road



458 K' Road



454 K' Road


Yes Collective

358 K' Road


Goods and Service

Galatos St (entrance under the old AKAI sign)


Methodist Church Pitt St

78 Pitt St


4 Cross St Gallery

La Gonda Arcade

214 K' Road

Waikere on Q

Level 3, 356 Queen St