With the arrival of December 1st, we are now officially in New Zealand's summer. The weather is still a little erratic, but at least there is a full schedule of events lined up to keep us all entertained over the holiday season and into the New Year of 2017!
Some of the "don't miss" events this summer include:
New Year's Eve celebrations in the Park, Saturday 31 December, 6.30pm – 12.30am, Hagley Park North
Working out what to do with yourself, friends and family on New Year's Eve can be a challenge (unless you are happy to doze in front of Netflix), but as usual the Christchurch City Council Summertimes team have come to the party with a great event in Hagley Park. Take your picnic rug, something comfy to sit on and your refreshments for the evening - no alcohol on site however.
The party includes family entertainment with Natural Magic and Christchurch Faerie Circle, Kids DJ, local band Better than Bacon and a “kids midnight” countdown at 8.30pm so the kids don't miss out and you can take them off to bed early in the evening.
For those who want to dance the night away, from 9pm till midnight DJ Andy Pulzar, Black Velvet Band, The Easy Hearts and then a piper will bring you into 2017 topped off with a fireworks display as the old year finishes and the new year begins.
There will be no public car parking available on Hagley Park. The Botanic Gardens Armagh Street car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm on Saturday 31 December, with the exception of mobility card holders. Drop-off zones will be located on Park Terrace and Harper Ave. Cheap parking will be provided in Wilson Car Parks for that evening, see the map below:
Mobility parking is available in the Botanic Gardens car park via the Armagh Street Bridge. Please note the entrance will be left-turn only from 3pm. A mobility pass but be visible. Accessible seating will be located in front of the stage to the left.
Bicycle stands will be located at Armagh St Bridge and Carlton Mill entry points.
Energies: Haines and Hinterding, 26 Nov - 5 March 2017, Christchurch Art Gallery
Australian artists David Haines & Joyce Hinterding’s art incorporates sound, installation, video, performance, sculpture, photography and drawing.
Many of their recent works also use computer game technologies. This is the first comprehensive survey of their work and includes immersive virtual 3D environments for visitors to explore and navigate.
A major work in the exhibition, Geology is described by the artists as ‘a virtual world that examines how culture interacts with chaotic forces’ and was inspired by a research trip to the damaged Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu after the earthquakes of 2011.
Other works include the installation EarthStar, which investigates ‘the sun’s elemental and mythic qualities’ and includes an HD video projection of the sun and two ozone fragrances; and Purple Rain, a video projection that responds to electromagnetic energy from digital television signals in the atmosphere.
Leighs Construction Summer Cinema, Jan 13, 2017 5.30pm - 10.30pm
The Arts Centre’s beautifully restored North Quad is hosting the Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema series on the second Friday of the month over summer.
Movies are being shown at 5.30pm and 8pm, the first for children followed by a later screening for adults. January movies have been announced at Leighs construction summer cinema
A gold coin donation toward the restoration of the Arts Centre is appreciated. Take a rug and cushions to sit on and cash for food and drinks.
World Buskers Festival, various venues, 19 January - 30 January 2017
Buskers from around the world are taking back the streets! They are transforming the streets and iconic performance venues of Christchurch into The Comic Republic of Busk. A bright, silly, happy place where being a bit daft rules and our catch cry is 'Viva La Cheeky' Street Performance, Comedy, Burlesque, Acrobatics, Variety and more!
Location of acts will be found at various outdoor stages and indoor venues including the Art Centre (North Quad, Market Square and the Great Hall), Christchurch Art Gallery, Christ’s College, Isaac Theatre Royal, Botanic Gardens and Scott’s Reserve. Find out more and book your favourites via the Buskers website.
Kite Day, Sunday 29 January 12pm-3pm, New Brighton Beach (north of the pier)
This is a really fun event - whether you have your own kite to fly, or just want to watch. Spectacular kites of all varieties and sizes soar over New Brighton beach.
Kite makers from around New Zealand and the world travel to partake in this popular event.
You can create and decorate your own kite or buy one from The Kite Shop on the day and fly it on the steady sea breeze.
If you don’t have a kite, just sit back, relax and watch while enjoying an ice cream, cool drink or fish and chips for tea on the beach. The New Brighton Silver Band will perform on the promenade.
Catch a bus to avoid parking hassles or carpool with friends and family.
Sparks in the Park, Saturday Feb 11, 5.30 - 10pm, North Hagley Park
The very popular Sparks event (fireworks to music) returns with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) under the baton of Kenneth Young. The programme features popular pieces from Bolero to the theme song from the Magnificent Seven with appearances by Harry Grigg, Tama Waipara, Jennine Bailey and a special guest appearance by Fuzhun, the winners of the Canterbury Regional Smokefree Rockquest.
The evening ends with a dazzling fireworks display to CSO performing the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. We are delighted to welcome St John Ambulance back as our Charity of Choice – their collectors will be in the venue on the night.
Pre-show entertainment starts at 5.30pm so head down early to grab a spot to prepare for a fun evening in Hagley Park.
There will be no public car parking available on Hagley Park. The Botanic Gardens Armagh Street car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm on Saturday 31 December, with the exception of mobility card holders.
Drop-off zones will be located on Park Terrace and Harper Ave. There will be bicycle stands located around the venue for cyclists.
Mobility parking is available in the Botanic Gardens car park via the Armagh Street Bridge. Please note the entrance will be left-turn only from 3pm. A mobility pass must be visible. Accessible seating is located in front of the stage, look out for signage.