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The bustling Christchurch social calendar provides a compelling backdrop for the city’s informal culture club to congregate and convene. With some of the city’s best and brightest events ahead, from art to music and everything in between, it’s time to join the culture club.

 

 

23 November

IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME
In her latest book, It’s Not You, It’s Me, Camilla Sacre-Dallerup sets the intention of taking the reader on a journey through self-awareness and self-acceptance to a destination of self-love and ultimately self-care. These, she believes, are the four vital parts of healing and having good relationships with ourselves, and when we have a good relationship with ourself, we tend to have good relationships with others. Camilla is holding a teen workshop from 11:30-1pm, and a book launch and workshop from 2pm-4pm.

Saturday 23 November
The George
www.eventbrite.co.nz

 


 

 

27 November

BROAD-LY SPEAKING
It’s one of the most powerful speaking formats and it’s back again! Six diverse speakers will talk for four minutes each on any topic they choose. But this is so much more than another networking event. Women from all walks of life – corporates, not-for-profits, artists, mums and all the cool ladies in between – come together at Broad-ly Speaking for an empowering evening of speaking up, changing the conversation and telling it as it is.

Wednesday 27 November
Christchurch BMW
www.broadlyspeaking.nz

 


 

 

30 November

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
News has just dropped of the line-up for this year’s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park and we can’t wait! Pop sensation Robinson will headline the Christchurch show, sharing the big stage with a talent-packed touring cast which includes crowd favourites Lavina Williams, Vince Harder, Tom Batchelor, Ella Monnery, Victor Hawkins-Sulfa and Nyree Huyser. They’ll be joined by backing vocalists Anna Grahame, Paul Fagamalo and Iri Aumatangi – and soul and R’n’B singer Russell Harrison will star in a surprise role.

Saturday 30 November
North Hagley Park
www.coke.co.nz/christmas-in-the-park/christchurch

 


 

BLANC SHOW – NATHANIEL MASON

 

23 January – 16 February

BREAD & CIRCUS WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL
Explore the spectacular this summer. Bread & Circus 2020 is turning up the volume with some of the best talent from across the world; a miraculous mash-up of international street theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, circus and genre-bending performance art in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the city of reimagination. Blending a series of ticketed events and free street performances, the festival is headlined in the Spiegeltent by Blanc de Blanc, which brings together the vintage glamour, champagne cabaret and high-end acrobatics straight from Las Vegas.

23 January to 16 February
Ōtautahi Christchurch
www.breadandcircus.co.nz

 

 


 

Join the culture club


Christchurch’s bustling social calendar provides a compelling backdrop for the city’s informal culture club to congregate and convene. With some of the city’s best and brightest events, from art to music and everything in between, it’s time to join the culture club.

 

 

 

1. Wham Bam Author Jam

Wham Bam Author Jam is a charity book signing event held on 26 October at Papa Hou Stadium, 12 Hereford Street (part of the YMCA). With 24 authors from around New Zealand and Australia coming along, this event is all about supporting local. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet and chat with some of our incredible talent. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffles will be supporting CanInspire. www.eventbrite.com

2. Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon is the heartbreaking story of a doomed romance between an American GI and an orphaned Vietnamese girl – two traumatised individuals, desperate for comfort, finding love in dreadful circumstances. Ten years after staging the New Zealand premiere, Showbiz Christchurch is mounting their second production. Opens 27 September. www.eventfinda.co.nz

3. A Night with Nick Dow

Christchurch singer-songwriter Nick Dow, a rising star in the music industry, performs a mélange of new original works from his forthcoming EP (recorded with Ben Edwards in Lyttelton), pieces from his album Layers, and his take on a classic or two. Thursday 26 September from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Great Hall, The Arts Centre. www.artscentre.org.nz

 


 

Hottest happenings


There are some exciting things on the horizon as the inner city comes back to life. Nicholas Henare checks out some of spring’s finest.

 

 

The Riverside Market is opening on 30 September, just in time for spring, and is set to become the centre of food and activity in the city; a place where the people of Canterbury can come together and celebrate our amazing city and enjoy an incredible collection of local businesses. There’s a slice of the amazing cultures that make up our Canterbury community with flavours from around the world, including Argentinean, Greek, Chinese, French, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Turkish, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Turkish. There’s also a fantastic selection of local businesses in the surrounding laneways ranging from gifts and fashion to streetwear and tattoos!

 

Photography by Nay Hauss

 

One event close to my heart is Hard-ly Speaking. An event aimed at changing the conversation for men in Ōtautahi, the format is simple: over the course of the evening, six diverse men speak for four minutes each. There are no hard and fast rules – just a unifying belief in the value of celebrating honesty and vulnerability, and of course, locally provided eats and drinks in an epic location. The last event saw men sharing a frank discussion about topics that we often shelve due to their sensitivity. The event is on at Christchurch BMW, 104 Moorhouse Avenue, this Thursday 19 September from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are $55 and worth every cent. Guest speakers are Tyla Harrison Hunt, Isaac Gieson, Colin Mansbridge, Trevor Hone, Mike Brown and Gary Moore.

 

Photography by Malia Rose Photography

 

On Thursday 24 October, a fine selection of North Canterbury wineries from across the region are coming to the Christchurch Town Hall for the annual Taste North Canterbury – a springtime extravaganza celebrating the best of locally grown drops. Head along to experience incredible wine, delicious artisan eats, top notch tunes from local DJs and a whole lot of fun – get hyped on being part of New Zealand’s coolest little wine region! This awesome event is a great way to support local producers and get a taste of the beautiful wine being made right on our doorstep. Taste North Canterbury is for everyone – serious wine fanatics, foodies, and people who get buzzed on local experiences! From 5pm to 8pm at The Limes Room, Christchurch Town Hall. Tickets $49.

 

 

Join the culture club


Christchurch’s bustling social calendar provides a compelling backdrop for the city’s informal culture club to congregate and convene. With some of the city’s best and brightest events, from art to music and everything in between, it’s time to join the culture club.

 

 

1. Bananas, babies and beige

Hitting The Piano from 20-21 September, deep from within the mind of Phoebe Hurst (you know, that chick from Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Kiwi musical hit That Bloody Woman), is WORM – a one-woman-devised, part-improvised show. Bananas, babies and beige – you will never see them the same again.

Bookings from Eventbrite

 

 

2. Big band blast

Have a blast on Labour Weekend with Big Band Festival. From 25-28 October, more than 20 jazz groups will play dozens of free concerts in spaces around town, with featured artists giving not-to-be-missed concerts in the recently opened Town Hall. This festival has become a highlight of the music calendar!

www.chchbigbandfest.com

 

 

3. The Pink Hammer

From 7 September to 5 October, catch hilarious and heartwarming Kiwi comedy The Pink Hammer at the Court Theatre, where you’ll find out-of-work, disgruntled builder Woody, who’s less than impressed to find four sheilas amongst his claw hammers.

www.courttheatre.org.nz

 


 

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Culture Club: Bustling Christchurch social calendar

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.

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Some of the city’s best and brightest events

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.
www.mainlandbigband.co.nz


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.
www.facebook.com/artbyira


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.
www.ticketek.co.nz


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.
www.topdogtheatre.com


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.
www.wordchristchurch.co.nz


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.
www.courttheatre.org.nz


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.
www.festa.org.nz