The Auckland Festival of Photography is currently underway from June 3-26, 2011, in New Zealand’s most populated, cosmopolitan and colorful city of Auckland. It is only dedicated photography festival and the largest visual arts event in the country. This annual city-wide contemporary art and cultural event takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites in June every year.
The festival is organized by a charitable organization Auckland Festival of Photography Trust, and includes both Signature and Fringe programs. A mixture of major gallery exhibitions featuring New Zealand’s leading and established photographic artists and international talent along with the Talking Culture series, Festival Tuesday, Auckland Photo Day and Light Night Projections comprises the Signature program.
On the other hand, the Fringe program comprises a mix of emerging, student, subversive, experimental and amateur photography in an open access, grassroots festival display. The festival showcasing images from New Zealand and all over the world would be attracting a large number of visitors from various countries.
Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is quite accessible and can be reached by several international airlines that operate direct, nonstop flights from major cities around the world. If you are traveling from the US, it will be good for you to book business class flights to Auckland and have a comfortable journey as the flight would be long haul. However, directs flights from the east coast of US to New Zealand are not available. You can book your business class tickets to Auckland from the west coast of the US as direct flights are available from there. Leading US carriers such as United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways and Continental Airlines operate flights from major US cities, and also offer flight tickets for cheap rates often.
A cultural event and experience for many people, the festival aims to present photographic images reflecting the rich cultural landscape of Auckland. The festival also celebrates artistic excellence in photography by programming exhibitions and events featuring many of New Zealand’s most revered photographers. Above all, the Auckland Festival of Photography 2011 embraces photographers of every kind offering established, professional, as well as emerging, student, hobby and first-time photographers the opportunity to actively participate in it.
This year the festival will be featuring Roberta Thornley, who has been supported to create new work to be seen for the first time here. The international partnership with the Toulouse Map11 Festival in France also provides an opportunity to share some international light with a cultural exhibition exchange between Auckland and Toulouse. Book your air tickets and think of flying business class to Auckland as this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography promises to be exciting one, showcasing a broad spectrum of exhibitions and events.