Having an idea of what is ahead on the events calendar for Christchurch can be a great help in planning a visit, booking your accommodation (of course) and working out what else to see and do while you are in the Garden City.
As well as updating you on what is happening in the next month or two, we've brought together some of the bigger events happening in the city that you really might like to be planning ahead for.
2015 Christchurch Arts Festival, various venues
27 August - 20 September, 2015
Gravitate is the opening event of the festival, 6 - 7pm, August 28th in Worcester Boulevard. Celebrate the opening of the Festival as Worcester Boulevard is transformed into a visual feast of fire, warmth and light with two outdoor performance pieces and the revealing of Ngai Tahu artist Priscilla Cowie’s sculpture Rama Tuna.
An interactive journey created by the communities of Christchurch, where visual storytelling weaves tales of attraction and allure for the audience’s delight - transforming, bold and beautiful … it will be a journey of magnets, gravity, love and eels. This promenade production is a collaborative celebration of all those things that cajole, charm and lure us.
The 2015 Christchurch Arts Festival is a major feature on the South Island event calendar showcasing a programme of arts and entertainment by leading international and New Zealand performers and artists.
The Festival experience in 2015 will span more than three weeks with a range of theatrical enticements that lead the city out of winter and into the lightness of spring. It's a Festival promising a burst of creative energy, vitality, amusement and adventure.
Featuring an exciting programme of cabaret and magic, high quality theatre and dance, that sits alongside a diverse offering of classical through to contemporary music and a range of community events.
Undoubtedly the most visually spectacular event of the Festival will be Exxopolis, located in Cathedral Square and running from September 4 - September 13.
Exxopolis is a "luminarium" - a light filled immersive sculpture created by Architects of Air and visited by millions around the world since it's creation in 2012.
Monty Python's Spamalot, Isaac Theatre Royal
4 September - 12 September, 7.30pm daily plus matinees on Sunday 6 and Saturday 12 September, 2015
Tickets are still available (from $42.50) for this comedic classic show "lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail." You'll start “looking on the bright side of life”, with Monty Python’s Spamalot galloping onto the Isaac Theatre Royal in September.
Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, on a medieval jaunt in pursuit of the Holy Grail in a variety of bizarre settings, accompanied by beautiful showgirls, flying cows, a killer rabbit and some French people!
Featuring all-time favourite comedy song ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ and other hilarious songs: ‘He Is Not Dead Yet’, ‘Knights Of The Round Table’, ‘Find Your Grail’ this show is a colourful spectacle and fantastic fun presented by Showbiz Christchurch.
Anika Moa, Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Sat 19 Sep and Sun 20 Sep, 2015, 8.30pm.
This September sees Anika Moa, beautiful and famous (and funny) singer/actor hit the road once again with her one and only band member Jol Mulholland and very, very special support act SJD aka Sean Donnelly. Anika and Jol will be playing songs from her new album Queen at the Table (5 stars, no big deal!) along with some old songs and some of her favourite covers. A bit like karaoke but sung well. Possibly.
Her Christchurch performance will be at the iconic Wunderbar in Lyttelton, well known for it's eclectic decor and funky style - the perfect location for an intimate evening with the Queen of the Table.
Big Daddy Wilson and the Steve Gilles Band, Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Saturday October 3, 2015, 8.00pm.
If the Wunderbar captures your attention while Anika and Jol are making their sweet sounds, you might like to return for blues and roots icon Big Daddy Wilson. His music is all heart and natural soul, with a fabulous warm baritone voice. He draws from a wide stylistic spectrum from blues, folk, soul and gospel.
At his side is old band mate from way back and good friend Steve 'Guitar' Gilles, playing the acoustic guitar and resonator slide as well as blues harp. This gig will also feature the 'Steve Gilles Band' full band lineup in second half of evening, adding Dean Hunter on bass, Symen Hunter on drums and Glenn Thomas on sax.
Tickets $20 at the door or you can call 0800 BUY TIX
Glenn Miller Orchestra Tour, Horncastle Arena
Saturday 31 October, 2015, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
If you're a fan of a different kind of sound - the big band kind, you won't want to miss the Glenn Miller Orchestra's visit to Christchurch. This whistlestop tour returns by populat request after the sell out NZ trip in 2013, but will focus on remembering the centenary of ANZAC.
With this great lineup of America’s finest musicians, the concert also includes Moonlight Serenade Singers and the Broadway Swing Dancers who truly bring these classics to life.
In the Spirit of ANZAC, the concert will also feature iconic music and songs from the years of the Great War.
You can re-live dozens of the classics played from the original arrangements - hits that include Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.
Camper Care NZ Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show, Horncastle Arena
Nov 6 - 8, 2015 from 9am - 5pm each day.
For our regular guests - especially those in motorhomes or caravans, the NZ Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show is one of events of the year not to be missed!
You've never seen so many shiny, brand spanking new motor homes and caravans under one roof. Check out the latest designs and innovations and learn how to make the most of your camper kitchen with the celebrity chef cooking sessions.
South Island Wine and Food Festival, Hagley Park North, Rolleston Ave
Saturday December 5, 11:30am - 7.00pm
Now into its fifth year, the South Island Wine & Food Festival has established itself as one of the leading wine and food events in the country, and is once again preparing to host wineries from across the South Island region - representing some of the premier wine regions of the world.
To go with an exciting selection of wines from South Island wineries, is a fabulous group of gourmet food producers, each serving a delightful array of meals and tasting plates. Plus nine favourite local restaurants will be plating up cuisine from around the world.
UB40 Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour, Waipara Hills
Saturday 16 January, 2016
Classic reggae band UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be returning to New Zealand in early 2016 for the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour, and iconic Kiwi artists Jason Kerrison and Herbs will be joining them.
One of New Zealand’s much loved festival acts, the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour sees the band headline a series of concerts in some of the country’s most stunning locations and the band will be heading to the South Island, playing at Waipara Hills, North Canterbury. Gates open at 4pm and the concert will finish approx 10pm. General admission tickets are still available.
Cirque du Soleil, Quidam, Horncastle Arena
18 February - 21 February, 2016
This is a really big one for the city and tickets are now available for the performances which start on February 18 at Horncastle Arena. Tickets for the general public will be available from 9.00am on Thursday, August 27.
Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world - the world of Quidam - where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.
Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam has captivated millions of people across five continents. Now Quidam has embarked on a new journey, with the same spell-binding production being performed in arenas around the world. The international cast features 46 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors who present a showcase of spectacular aerial feats, astonishing human agility, and heart-warming emotion.
After almost 20 years of travelling the world, this New Zealand tour will mark the final chapter of Quidam when the show is permanently retired at the end of the Christchurch season.