Hard News by Russell Brown


First Thursdays: Light on the Strip

Karangahape Road's First Thursdays events have never quite happened every month – there are probably too many moving parts for that. But every time they do, they underline what makes K Road different from anywhere else in Auckland.

Last night's event was no exception. We came and wandered along while the art wandered past us. We bought some knick-knacks, ran into friends at at Rebel Soul Records and ate excellent burgers from Burger Bar in St Kevins Arcade, which has reached a good equilirium under its new ownership and looks better than it has in many years. We didn't try the silent disco downstairs, although it was clearly very popular.

There were families and old people and it sometimes seemed that everyone who wasn't part of the art was taking pictures of the art. It's my favourite place to take photographs (all pics taken with my iPhone SE) and last night's "light" theme made it even better than usual.

Did I mention that I bloody love K Road?

Dancers paced the street all night. This is outside Coco's. Photo: Russell Brown

A young girl transfixed by the fire-dancing at the top of Beresford Street. Photo: Russell Brown

All the time we were there, she never moved. Just watched so hard. Photo: Russell Brown

While we were enjoying our burgers in St Kevins Arcade, a troupe of marching girls came through. They had some moves you wouldn't have seen in the old days Photo: Russell Brown

Not all icons fared so well. "I have other paintings," said the artist in Cross Street Arcade. Photo: Russell Brown

La Gonda Arcade was lined with art stalls – and upstairs, the artists who have studios in Mirror Space opened up so that people could walk through and see works finished and unfinished. Elvis was in the building. Photo: Russell Brown

Silver figures cavort for the crowd outside St Kevins Arcade. Photo: Russell Brown

A steampunk couple wait to cross K Road. They were perfect. Photo: Russell Brown