The people and places of Christchurch

The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an annual programme of community events coordinated by the Christchurch City Council. The festival has run continuously since the mid-1990s, apart from a hiatus of three years following the Christchurch earthquakes.

This year’s theme is people and place – our stories revealed. The theme is an opportunity to share stories that reflect the relationship of Christchurch’s diverse communities to places here in the Christchurch district.

There are endless stories in Ōtautahi and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula, from Ngāi Tahu and other iwi, European settlers, Pasifika and people of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made a home here; and many of them untold.

The Christchurch Heritage Festival allows those stories to be shared and teaches us about the links of different people to this beautiful place we call home.
He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

Some events to check out:

Sutton House open day
Self-guided tour of the house and garden where well-known Christchurch artist Bill Sutton did much of his work.

Artists’ Workshop ‘At Home’ with Ngaio Marsh and ‘The Group’
An event for all artists and art lovers. A tour and art experience in the former home and garden of Dame Ngaio Marsh.

University in the cupboard: Canterbury College survey project
A talk exploring the history of Canterbury College through objects found as part of a special survey conducted in the lead up to UC’s 150th anniversary.

NZ Chinese Association Canterbury – Our Home, Our Heritage
Visit the Chinese Community Hall for an open day and self-guided tour, and join in with the many cultural activities on display.

This is our place – Tūrangawaewae
Gather around the roaring fire in the Great Hall and hear how Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre is engaging with Ngāi Tūāhuriri.

This year the Heritage Festival will run from 9-25 October, under Alert Level 1 or 2. See the full programme on the website.

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