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First Thursdays' Light Extravaganza

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

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First Thursdays: The Silver Screen - 3 DEC 2015 6-9pm


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.

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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

6 Sept 2012

1 May 2014

30+ events across 20 venues live music, exhibitions, live painting, amazing markets, handmade treasures, on street music and djs, art sound and light installations, workshops, 100+ local artists taking part in this event

We were so excited for the Autumn of Love. K Road returned to the glory days of the Sixties for a First Thursdays celebrating all that was mod, jazzy and snazzy. But because this is K Road, we were all about celebrating the hippies and the rockers too!