Jazz and Blues Festival
The Cavell Leitch Jazz and Blues Festival returns in a variety of venues throughout Christchurch this month. Running from the 22nd - 27th of April, the line up this year is a mix of local, New Zealand and international talent. This includes American Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, a man whose blues harmonica sound has received multiple awards. Local talent Jennine Bailey and her jazz rhythm and blues band will be joined by ten strings from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. The Jazz and Blues Festival is also a good chance to check out some of Christchurch's best venues for music.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
One of the most popular adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles sees Sherlock and Watson trying to unravel the mystery around the ancient curse plaguing the Baskerville family before the Hound can claim another victim. With plenty of laughter and surprise, this a not-to-be-missed show on now at the Court Theatre and running through to mid-May.
Easter Egg Hunts
It wouldn't be Easter without an Easter Egg hunt...or two! The Whittaker's Big Egg Hunt is currently happening in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 100 giant eggs are hidden around the country and in joining the hunt you can support Starship Children's Hospital. You can download your map here and your app here and get started! The eggs are created by New Zealand artists and designers - you can see who created each egg on the website. Black Cat's annual Easter Egg hunt is happening on Quail Island from Friday the 18th to Monday the 21st of April. This is a great one for families and is typically a sell out event so get your tickets now! There is also the annual Easter Eggstravaganza happening at Tothill's Mazes from Friday the 18th until Monday the 21st of April. Crack the Easter egg challenge to win Easter Eggs and Prizes!
We mentioned this a couple of weeks ago but it's worth bringing up again because there have been some beautiful new additions in recent weeks - if you haven't been in to see the street art around the City Centre then you should! There are some spectacular works of art around, you can get a full map as part of the Oi YOU! app for your phone or check out the website here. Christchurch Art Gallery also have an exhibition exploring the 'shape-shifting, experimental and seriously playful work of making art.' Local and international artists, as part of this exhibition, have experimented with the limits of their materials with everything from gravity-defying stacks to videos of exploding paint-balloons. The exhibition titled 'Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker' is family focused so perfect for all ages and a great idea for something to do on a wet day these school holidays.
Washington Way Skatepark Opening
After months of redevelopment, the Washington Way skate park is finished and an official opening is being held at 4pm on Thursday the 17th of April. With a new plaza-style layout, the Washington Way skate park is one of the biggest and most challenging in the country - perfect for BMX riders, inline skaters as well as skateboarders. Even if you likely won't use the park yourself, it's worth heading down to see the park in use.
This month the girls are playing two more games in Christchurch at the CBS Arena. Tactix take on the Southern Steel on the evening of Easter Monday (the 21st of April) and then the Northern Mystics on Monday the 28th of April. Fish out your red and black gears and get along to the game to support the team!
Zombie: Red Zone
In case of a Zombie Apocalypse, be prepared.... The immersive theatrical experience Zombie: Red Zone is happening in Christchurch from April 24th to May 17th....the only thing we can't tell you is where it is happening. The location is a secret and coordinates are not revealed until you've booked. Described as a 'play on steroids', Zombie: Red Zone includes interative elements that place the audience at the centre of the experience, where the decisions made by the audience can drive the narrative. Tickets are available from Dash! Zombie: Red Zone Gaming is the additional expansion pack happening in Cathedral Square every day at 10am from Thursday the 24th of April until Saturday the 3rd of May. The game will combine immersive theatre, live gaming and interactive role play; transforming the CBD into an apocalyptic wasteland. For more details check out the EventFinder page.
Ferrymead Military Display
Over ANZAC weekend Ferrymead heritage park will undergo a transformation to become a wartime era township. To commemorate the commencement of World War I, there will be a full weekend of military display which will include everything from uniforms and weapons to personal stories and even the chance to experience what is was like in an Air Raid Shelter during the Blitz. This is an event for all ages so hop along with family.