Mika describes the Aroha Project as a ‘space where artists smash ‘hate’ in our program of anti Bullying and suicide prevention.’ This coming Auckland Pride they will present four separate events:
1) Waitangi Day Dawn Ceremony
Vibrant voices will fill the air at dawn this official Pride Festival Waitangi day opening as The Aroha Project remembers those who have taken their lives by suicide, survivors of bullying. “Edinburgh stars Taki Maori once again support the opening with karanga and performance, Whero West song will soar into the skies and Haka will tremble in the sands waking the nation to our special day.” Mika tells us, “All people Queer to Straight, average to exceptional, all freaks of diversity you are invited.”
Waitangi Day Dawn Ceremony will take place Friday 6 February at 6.42am at Okahu Bay, Tamaki Drive. The event is free.
2) Big Gay Out
Stars of The Aroha Project bring a mix of fashion, music and dance to the main stage of NZs largest Gay performance event!
Big Gay Out takes place Sunday 8 February at Coyle Park, Point Chev, Auckland. Entry is free.
The Aroha Project ‘Room 1334’
For Valentines day, Mika brings a one night only event to The Basement Theatre, ‘Room 1334’, the sequel to Salon Mika (2013 Auckland Fringe-multi-award-winner and 5 star Edinburgh reviews). “Room 1334 is that space we visit to share our most tabu secrets. The place that allows erotic tribalism, Shangri-La exoticism and primal male dance arise. Spoken word, Art-POP, a musical marriage lost in the hallway of your mind with original music,” Mika tells us.
Room 1334 heads to The Basement Studio on 14 February at 7pm.
4) Totems of Aroha for Pride Parade
London’s King of underground club land ‘Vogue Fabrics” Tranny Dad alongside Mika’s emerging fashionista’s, dancers, klubkidz and freaks of diversity are creating “Totems of Aroha”. Massive supersized totems will parade down Ponsonby Road on Saturday 21 February. “Anyone wanting to help, volunteer, be part of this great Queer event that will include all peoples Queer & Str8 – simply connect facebook.com/thearohaproject” says Mika.
The Totem building project will take place at the Mika Haka Foundation Studios, 111B May Road, Mt Roskill from 13 February.