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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 Centre Events - What's On At The Aurora Centre


    MARCH 2019

    Alex Williamson: Sin On My Face

    Thursday 21 March 2019 - 7:30pm


    Best known to his fans for his ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’ and ‘Bogan Aussie’ characters that reach over 2.5 million of his social media followers, Alex has performed a phenomenal number of shows to a prodigious amount of people. And this comedy juggernaut is only getting stronger as he steams through shows like a deranged Thomas The Tank Engine. 

    Alex is back in NZ and embracing his inner sicko in a brand new tour. Embrace your own inner sicko and let ‘Shooter’ sin on your face. Book early! ★★★★

    "hilarious... a tour de force" - The Speakeasy (NZ)

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or

    52nd National Concerto Competition Final

    Saturday 23 March 2019 - 7:30pm


    The National Concerto Competition is an annual musical competition for young people aged 25 years and under. This is the 52nd competition and 2018/2019 is for Instrumental competitors. 

    The competition has always been based in Christchurch, something the Trust is very proud of, and being a National competition, it attracts and encourages competitors from all over New Zealand. 

    The competition has built a strong national reputation by providing young people with an opportunity of upskilling their music performances and many competitors see the competition as a “stepping stone” and have gone onto prominent careers in the music industry both nationally and internationally. 

    In December 2018 the Preliminaries and Semi-Finals were held and from here 3 Finalists were chosen for the Final.

    The 3 finalists are:

    ·                Isabella Gregory (Christchurch) playing “Flute Concerto” by Jacques Ibert

    ·                Hyein Kim (Hamilton) playing “Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (cello)” by Tchaikovsky

    ·                Diane Huh (Auckland) playing “Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47” by Sibelius

    The 3 Finalists will be accompanied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Kay. 

    Come along and show your support and be wowed!!

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or

    The Manfreds

    Saturday 30 March 2019


    Manfred Mann, aka The Manfreds were one of the finest, most respected British Invasion groups of the 1960’s. Before breaking up in 1969, with Paul Jones until 1966 then Mike D’Abo as lead singers, the band had a string of huge hits, all enduringly memorable songs, including 5-4-3-2-1Do Wah DiddyPretty Flamingo, and Ha Said The Clown.

    The other original members were Tom McGuinness (guitar), Mike Hugg (drums) and Mann (keyboards). As The Manfreds, the original band reformed in 1991 with both charismatic lead singers, Jones and D’Abo, at the helm plus McGuinness and Hugg, but not Manfred.

    The Manfreds return to New Zealand in 2019 to perform all their much loved hits one last time by the original singers.

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or

    MAY 2019

    Rock Quest

    Saturday 18 May 2019

    Ticketing information to be advised...

    Demetri Martin

    Friday 31 May - 8:00pm


    Fresh off the back of a massive 30-date tour of the US, UK, Ireland and Europe, US comedy legend Demetri Martin returns to Australia and NZ for the first time since 2011 with his world-acclaimed Wandering Mind Tour!


    The standup comedian, artist, writer, and director began doing standup comedy in New York City, where he worked as a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Demetri then became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 

    Demetri has won the Perrier Award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe and a Barry at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. He’s released three standup comedy albums and four Specials, including his latest for Netflix, The Overthinker, and appeared on TV in everything from Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live to all the late shows (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden,) and as the keytar-playing ‘third Concord’ in Flight of the Conchords

    Demetri created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central called Important Things With Demetri Martin. His books are New York Times Bestsellers and his fiction has appeared in The New YorkerEsquire, and The New York Times Magazine. He recently wrote and directed his first feature film, Dean, which won the Founder’s Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for best narrative American feature film. 

    Using deadpan one-liners, inner monologue, drawings, peppering in music on guitar, keyboard, piano and harmonica to glockenspiel, toy bells, ukulele and tambourine – sometimes all at once – Demetri Martin is a truly unique voice. Don’t miss him live on stage this May/June – tickets won’t last long! 


    ‘Deadpan comedy assassin’ – The AV Club (US)


    ‘Martin roamed the stage with a dynamic energy, a barrage of rapid fire punchlines leaving the audience exhausted from laughing’  Australian Stage


    ‘A multi-genre, wonderfully imaginative comic. Truly superb’ – TimeOut London (UK)


    ‘Cerebral and absurdist and surprising’ – New York Times (US)


    ★★★★ ‘An exceptionally reliable comedian, with finely crafted material... an incredibly entertaining show’ – The Guardian (UK)


    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842 538 or