The bustling Christchurch social calendar provides a compelling backdrop for the city’s informal culture club to congregate and convene. We’ve got your exclusive invite to some of the city’s best and brightest events, from art to music and everything in between. So no need to don your detective caps, we’ve done the digging for you.
4 August Big Tunes
When it comes to music, it doesn’t get much bigger than the big band. Canterbury’s very own Mainland Big Band will be performing a little bit of rock, a little bit of pop, some lovely ballads and a touch of jazz from the 50s through to the 80s and 90s at the Cashmere Club.
6-19 August Art with Heart
Ira Mitchell-Kirk is presenting her exhibition My Heartland at the Christchurch Arts Centre from 10am-5:30pm daily. A portion of sales will be going to support AVIVA, which provides family violence support and services.
17 August No Holds ‘Bard’
Considered by many to be one of New Zealand’s best thespians, Arts Laureate Michael Hurst (ONZM) tours ‘No Holds Bard’ throughout the country, with a local performance at the Gloucester Room Isaac Theatre Royal.
5-15 September The city’s Top Dog
As part of NZ Theatre Month, Top Dog Theatre is presenting ‘The ACB with Honora Lee’ based on the book by Kate De Goldi and adapted into a play by Jane Waddell. Performed just once in Wellington to rave reviews, this is Christchurch’s chance to get in on the action, at the Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
29 August-2 September My Word!
The biennial WORD Christchurch Festival has been growing its audience rapidly over the past few years and this year features 20 international and over 100 New Zealand speakers in nearly 100 events.
15 September-6 October Head to Court!
The Court Theatre celebrates New Zealand Theatre Month by bringing back beloved classic Mum’s Choir written by Alison Quigan and directed by Ross Gumbley, that took Aotearoa by storm after its debut in 2005.
19-22 October Creativity and community
FESTA, the vibrant biennial festival of urban creativity and community, is set once again to bring thousands back into the city centre this Labour Weekend (19-22 October) to experience a reimagined Christchurch and to celebrate the innovative and positive things happening in the city.