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    What's coming up at the Aurora Centre? This page has details of upcoming events hosted at Burnside High School's Aurora Centre. Both school-based and outside events are featured.

    Please note that not all events are published - due to the nature of the booking.

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    Aurora Events


    MARCH 2017

    50th National Concerto Competition Final

    Saturday 4 March - 7:00pm


    Presented by: Christchurch Civic Music Council National Concerto Competition Trust

    The National Concerto Competition is celebrating its 50th competition which is a wonderful milestone.  This Competition is well entrenched as New Zealand’s premier classical music competition for promising young musicians aged under 25 years.   

    Competitors come from all parts of New Zealand and the competition is held in two parts.  The first year of the competition included both pianists and other instruments and this has been repeated for the 50th. 

    The preliminaries and semi-finals were held in December 2016 and from the semi-finals four finalists (two piano and two instrumental) were selected for the Final.  The finalists for the 2016/2017 50th competition are:

    Matthias Balzat (Auckland) playing  Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich

    Delvan Lin (Auckland) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Siyu Sun(Christchurch) playing Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Hye In Kim (Waikato) playing Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonin Dvorak.

    The finalists will be accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    Grumpy Old Women

    Game of Crones

    Saturday 11 March - 4pm & 8pm

    Friday 10 March - Please note that this show has been cancelled.  If you have already purchased a ticket for the Friday show, please contact Ticketek.

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    Presented by: Ben McDonald

    Yes they're back! This time with magic! Grumpy Old Women bring their Game of Crones to answer the unanswerable. How to fix absolutely everything!!

    They conquered NZ with Grumpy Old Women, took Australia and the Universe by storm with "50 Shades of Beige" and now they're in another World. Yes!

    Grumpy Old Women - Game of Crones is coming and it offers practical remedies for the atrocities of modern life.

    Advice for administering safe torture to prevent snoring using bbq tools. Demonstrations of how to clean the bath whilst having mediocre sex at the same time. How to overeat on a diet. What to do when the man in your life kisses your miniature Schnauzer more than you. In Game of Crones, the young are discussed and then dismissed. Men are lovingly disembowelled. Old fashioned housekeeping practises resurrected; is it too late to learn to sniff meat to determine if it’s past its use by date?

    Grumpy Old Women will stop for nothing on their mission to slay the dragons of nonsense and reclaim the kingdom of common sense ...well maybe a glass of wine and a lie down.

    The show has plenty of laughs, poorly supported breasts and unreliable statistics, so for a night of unbridled fun bring your swords and handbags and learn from the sorceresses themselves, how to survive the modern kingdom of Aoteoroa.

    Geraldine Brophy directs and stars with Lynda Milligan and Julie Edwards in this hilarious piece of fantasy thankfully without nudity or real blood.

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    Strassman's iTedE

    Friday 17 March  - 8:00pm

    Saturday 18 March - 7:00pm


    Presented by: RockCity Event Marketing

    It's about Chucking time! 

    Strassman returns with a brand new show, an evening of side-splitting comedy and riotous antics from Ted E. Bare and the malicious Chuck Wood.  

    Heralded as the artist who "made ventriloquism hip again", Strasso's characters are a renegade band of puppets you wouldn't want to meet on a dark night. 

    And these characters really come to life. Ted is cuter than ever, and Chuck just as evil;  the spaced-out Kevin the Alien lets us know who's really in charge, and Sid the Beaver cracks a heap of depraved jokes. You'll cack yourself at that sick, pissed clown, Buttons.

    The best night out you'll have in long time!

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    April 2017

    Mountainfilm On Tour

    Saturday 8 April - 7:30pm

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    The experience of the Telluride Mountainfilm World Tour is like no other. Audiences will be inspired by the world class selection of short films showcasing true greatness in outdoor adventuring.


    From the heart-stopping thrill of taking on a slackline suspended between the great towers of Utah’s Castleton Valley, to the exploration of friendship and partnership through BASE jumping and watching Icelandic surfers use patience, passion and insanity to chase the rare perfect wave. Prepare to be taken on a global journey of adventure, adrenalin and a roller coaster of emotions.

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    May 2017

    Frenchy - 'Unleashed'

    Tuesday 23 May - 8:00pm


    Frontier Comedy are thrilled to announce that multi-talented comedian, writer & internet sensation Frenchy is returning to New Zealand this May with his brand new stand-up show Frenchy Unleashed.

    With his charming, self-deprecating humour Frenchy has achieved critical acclaim and sold out seasons across Australia and the UK. In 2017, Frenchy’s back with a brand-new hour of inappropriate banter, Gumby-like moves and observational humour. Find out what his 2 million social media followers love about him - and prepare to be offended!


    Don’t miss your chance to see Frenchy unleashed upon New Zealand this May!

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or