The Chai Session at Crave Cafe in Morningside marked the first event for the Aunty’s House collective.
Those are the words of Amita Kala, founder of Aunty’s House – a new collective focused on celebrating and uplifting the South Asian diaspora in New Zealand.
For Kala, the collective is the product of years of dreaming and a true labour of love.
The event was aimed squarely at South Asian New Zealanders, with allies also welcome. Performers showcased work influenced by a wide range of cultures and styles.
Kala launched the Aunty’s House Instagram in June, outlining the collective’s objectives and quickly capturing the attention of like-minded South Asians online. Then in July, she held her first in-person event at Crave Cafe in the Auckland suburb of Morningside: Chai Session, a night centring around music, culture and connection.
Kala said it was important for her to launch the collective in person.
The event was backed by a tiered ticketing system and conditions of entry that highlighted the collective’s kaupapa.