World AIDS Day Festival 2019

  • 📅4 November, 2019

In the week leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1st, the World AIDS Day Festival is a series of events organised by Body Positive Inc., Positive Women Inc. and NZAF. The festival aims to promote the day of remembrance and reflection, as well as help change attitudes and the stigma surrounding HIV.

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22 November

Drag Wars

  • 8pm – 11pm. 1/258 Karangahape Road, Auckland
  • Cost $20, tickets sold at the door

Drag Wars is a monthly event hosted by the iconic Auckland Drag Duo Kita Mean and Anita Wiglit (Sister Events). It is a platform for emerging and established Drag Artists to gain performance experience, test new material and join a fabulous community of LGBTQIA+ performers.

Traditionally, the winner of each month is crowned and the monthly winners compete at the end of the year in Drag Wars ALL STARS Edition. This month, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation as teamed with Sister Events and Phoenix Entertainment to present Drag Wars: Special Edition for the World AIDS Day Festival for 2019.


28 November

Project Pūtoetoe: Survivor of an Older Generation Exhibition

  • Opening night: 6pm-9pm at Thievery Studio, 203 Karangahape Rd, Auckland
  • Gallery show Thursday 28th November – Sunday 1st December
  • Free event

The stories and histories of long-term HIV survivors and those living with or affected by HIV are being forgotten. Especially in the age where HIV agencies are focusing on the eradication of HIV and getting to zero transmissions.

Project Pūtoetoe is an Aotearoa, New Zealand based, PLHIV led project which aims to record, present and preserve these stories because they matter. Recording these stories is an important part of our social history and we hope to empower PLHIV while decreasing shame and stigma.


28 November - 1 December

Woman in a Bubble

  • Thursday to Sunday, Throughout Auckland

Throughout the festival, Positive Women Inc. will have ‘woman in a bubble’ on the streets of Auckland. It is part of a stigma campaign to illustrate how it feels to live with HIV in a world that treats you like an untouchable person.


29 November

Gay, Sex & Drugs Open Mic

  • 7–9pm, Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland
  • This is a free event, just turn up

Talk about ‘party and play’, chillouts and high & horny culture – without stigma or shame

This is a safe space to talk about sex and drug use in the gay men's community – notably P and G/Waz. No shade allowed – just people sharing their experiences – we value your voice and want to share your experiences.


30 November

Comedy Night at Staircase Bar

  • 8-10pm, Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland
  • Entry by Donation

Come help raise money and visibility for World Aids Day with a stellar and hilarious line-up of LGBT+ and allied comedians. In association with Body Positive, Positive Women, and NZAF. This event is hosted by Neil Thornton (TV3's After Hours)

Staircase Drag Collection

  • 11pm-1am, Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland

An exceptional line up of drag performances. Bucket donation will be available at the bar and the queens will collect throughout the night. Ending HIV will be handing out information around testing and combination prevention.


1 December World AIDS Day

SING! Flash Mob Street Choir

  • 11am–1pm, Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
  • This is a free public event.
  • Gold coin donation welcomed
  • Join the Facebook event page

To unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness we present SING! Is an inclusive community event where friends and strangers come together to learn a song and SING! You don’t need to be an accomplished singer to participate – you just need to have some fun and participate.

Talented NZ singer, Tina Cross and our fabulous conductor, Jo Kelsey will teach everyone a song and when we have it perfect we do a final performance which is filmed to capture our awesomeness. We are accompanied by the phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin who has performed all over the world and will be sharing her piano and vocal talents.


Staircase Sunday Roast

  • 3-9pm, Staircase Bar, 25 Cross Street, Auckland

Come on in and enjoy delicious slow-cooked roast at the Staircase Sunday Club. Once it’s gone it’s gone, so hurry on down and cure that hangover! Bucket donation for World AIDS Day will be available at the bar throughout the day.


Maumahara Tonu: GALS Remembers Concert

  • 4-6pm St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland

GALS was established in 1992 when dancer Michael Parmenter needed a choir for a performance in the Hero Parade and gathered a small group of singers for the job from the local community. The choir worked so well together that they decided to keep singing together and GALS was born. Currently, it has around 55 active members, with about 300 members of our rainbow community having passed through the ranks over the years.

This year GALS is hosting a special concert for World AIDS Day at St Matthew in the City.