Opened in 1990 by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Aotea Centre is a multi-purpose venue of world-class design featuring optimal flexibility across the centre, the latest technology, contemporary furnishings, and a large collection of New Zealand artwork.
Comprising the ASB Theatre, the Herald Theatre and a range of foyers, bars and function rooms, the Aotea Centre is a world-class performing arts centre in the Auckland CBD, showcasing significant New Zealand artwork and a drawing international artists and events.
The Maori name “Aotea” has several meanings in English, the most common one being “White Cloud” or “beyond the mist, a new beginning”.
In 1988, as part of the building of Aotea Centre, THE EDGE commissioned a significant body of work from prominent New Zealand artists. The pieces, which take pride of place throughout the Aotea Centre, comprise some of New Zealand’s most highly regarded artworks.
Since its opening, Aotea Centre has been widely used by New Zealand performing artists and companies. The venue has also hosted countless international artists and events... Stéphane Grappelli, Gene Pitney, Victor Borge, Sir Harry Secombe, Shirley Bassey, Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth, José Carreras, Celine Dion, k.d.lang, Simply Red, Harry Connick Jr, Joss Stone, Dionne Warwick, Marianne Faithful, Michael Bublé, Alicia Keys, Simple Minds, Billy Connolly, Lenny Henry, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsallis, Rambert Dance Company, Cirque Eloize, Ballet Preljocaj, Riverdance - The Show, The New Rocky Horror Show, 42nd Street, Burn the Floor, Les Misérables, Chess - The Musical...