What's happening in Christchurch over Autumn 2017

  • Nostalgia Festival 2017 Christchurch
  • Taitapu Sculpture Garden Christchurch

It's hard to believe since it feels like we've only just got our summer this year, but Autumn is just around the corner! We've put together some of the events and happenings to look out for in the next month or so.

Gigs at the Gallery: Grayson Gilmour, Christchurch Art Gallery, Friday 3 March 2017

The first Art Gallery gig of 2017 is going to be massive! Multi-instrumentalist Grayson Gilmour is hitting the Gallery with his band and a brand new set full of material from his soon to be released album Otherness (due out mid-2017). Support comes from the amazing Purple Pilgrims and New Dawn!

To ensure gig-goers are hydrated there will be two cash bars open, serving Three Boys beer, Yealands wine and All Good organics. When you get hungry, check out the food trucks on the forecourt serving incredible eats.

And the downstairs galleries will be open before Grayson hits the stage, so you can check out the summer exhibitions, The Devil’s Blind Spot;Energies: Haines & Hinterding. Tickets are $15 (booked in advance) and $20 on the door. Book online here.

Nostalgia Festival, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Saturday 4 March 2017, 12.30pm - 7.30pm

Nostalgia is a daylong festival of independent music, food and culture that happens inside the 1900s replica township of Ferrymead Heritage Park.  

The festival offers a creative atmosphere in which to discover local food, wine and beer, a diverse array of cuisine and beverages from some of the cities best producers.

Travel through the vintage festival environment while some of New Zealand’s top indie artists perform. Music begins at 1.00pm on two stages, performers include Nadia Reid, Mini-Snap, Lawrence Arabia, Lian Finn and Sal Valentine.

Tickets are $44 + booking fee, available now. At gate $55 (if available). There are also a limited number of return bus tickets from Latimer Square.

Taitapu Sculpture Garden Annual Autumn Exhibition, Saturday & Sunday 4/5, 11/12 and 18/19 March 2017

Participating artists for 2017: Graham Bennett, Bing Dawe, Neil Dawson, Alison Erickson, Ben Foster, Roderick Herber, Mandy Cherry Joass, Hannah Kidd, Virginia King, Anna Korver, Annabel Menzies-Joyce, Julia Morison, Doug Neil, Tony O'Grady, Rebecca Rose, Julie Ross, Llew Summers, Marte Szirmay, Jeff Thomson, Johnny Turner, Robyn Webster and Matt Williams.

TSG showcases works for sale and a growing permanent collection. Many of the artists exhibiting engage in environmental issues or respond to natural forms through their sculpture. There are both figurative and abstract works in the 2017 show including celebratory, larger-than-life sculptural works, soaring birds and monolithic stonework. There are curious works too, including a sculptural rendition of Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase; and a bus shelter housing a sound work with a bicultural message.

TSG is a native regeneration project. What was a bare flat horse paddock in 2010 is now home to over 6000 native shrubs and trees, bellbirds and kereru. Some come for the art, some for nature. You'll enjoy both.

Entry is $10pp and free to 16 years and under. All are welcome and onsite parking is free. The Garden is pram and wheelchair friendly. All tracks are grassed and the terrain is mostly flat. Picnickers are welcome during open hours.

199 Cossars Road, Tai Tapu

Swannanoa Country Fair, 10am - 3pm, Sunday 5 March 2017, Swannanoa Domain

Join the fun and excitement of the annual Swannanoa Country Fair being held on Sunday 5th March 2017. The Fair is a iconic event in North Canterbury attracting over 8,000 people.

With over 150 craft & trade stalls, monster white elephant, lots of kids rides and games, silent auction, pony rides, miniature train and a variety of food and drink, it's a great day of fun and entertainment for the whole family!

Only 10 minutes up Tram Road at Swannanoa Domain.  There will be plenty of free parking across the road at Swannanoa School. Entry cost $5 per adult.

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Isaac Theatre Royal, March 7-11 2017

The Mikado is Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous comic opera. While set in the imaginary Japanese town of Titipu, the satire is directed fairly and squarely at the British and their love of bureaucracy.

This stunning production transports us to modern-day Japan, where Harajuku fashion, mobile phones and Hello Kitty rule. Filled with vibrant colour, sharp blades, even sharper wits and an excellent cast of New Zealand and Australian singers, The Mikado was hailed as “fast paced, funny and fabulous all the way through" by NZ reviewers of the Auckland season.

Tickets are from $45 and can be bought online via Ticketek.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Isaac Theatre Royal, 27 March - 8 April 2017

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Chch

From the sublime to the even more sublime - this classic show is based on the movie of the same name, featuring spectacular performances by a group of drag queens as they travelled from town to town across central Australia. 

With a dazzling array of over 500 outrageous costumes, 200 magnificent headdresses, a spectacular bus and a parade of dance floor classics including Don’t Leave Me This Way, I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, Go West, Hot Stuff, Colour My World and Shake Your Groove Thing.

This will be a night to remember and share with friends!

Tickets from $55.00 at Ticketek.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Court Theatre, 18 March - 22 April 2017

Fifteen-year old mathematical genius Christopher Boone sees the world differently to everyone else. He knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities, every prime number up to 7,507, he doesn’t tell lies and his favourite colours are not yellow and brown.

When the neighbour’s dog is murdered, Christopher takes the investigation into his own hands and uncovers secrets that lead him far from home and change his life forever.

Boldly reinterpreting the multiple award-winning bestselling novel, this record-breaking stage phenomenon is filled with heart, humour and wonder.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time

Cinderella in Space, Court Theatre, 19 April - 29 April 2017

As usual, the court puts on a stellar show for the school holidays and this season is no exception! 

An interstellar Cinderella is forced to clean the space station – even though she would rather be building awesome robots. Her evil Captain Stepmother won’t even let her go to the biggest party in the universe!

Will Cinderella get help from the planet Godmotheria? Can a pumpkin really turn into a spaceship? Will the space boot fit her foot? Find out in the most imaginative and hilarious retelling of this classic tale yet!

Strange Comedy, Strange & Co, Wed 8 March - Wed 19 April 2017

Strange & Co is a fun entertainment venue just over the road from the old SOL Square. Wednesday nights only till April 19 you can turn up at 89 Lichfield Street for the open mic comedy night, which kicks off at 8pm. 

It will no doubt get a little strange, heck it'll even get a bit awkward at times, but you will be entertained! And what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night!? And the best part about it, entry is free! Get in early for the best seats.