Art & creativity, Things to do  |  1 Jul 2021

Matariki celebrations continue to brighten the city over the next 10 days but the winter fun doesn’t stop there.

With KidsFest, Go Live!, Winter Fun, Chill in the City, the Christchurch Brick Show and the WORD Christchurch Festival all happening over the next two months, Ōtautahi Christchurch is humming!

Tīrama Mai, the city’s new lighting festival remains for another nine days so wrap up warmly and step out to see the central city and New Brighton transformed with eye-catching lighting projections and luminous artworks.

Catch live entertainment on July 2, 3 and 9 July from 7.30pm at the Bridge of Remembrance or the Arts Centre’s Market Square.

Enjoy two Arts Centre Mākete celebrating Matariki on July 9 and 10. Māori artists and craftspeople join regular stallholders to showcase art and crafts plus there’s live performances and children’s activities.

A family-friendly storytelling, crafting and waiata session is on at Christchurch South Library, 4-7pm on 2 July.

And Tīrama Mai ends with a bang as the Matariki Fireworks Spectacular lights up New Brighton on Saturday 10 July. Festivities start from 6pm with live entertainment and market stalls in New Brighton Mall. Fireworks begin from 7pm.

As one festival ends another begins.

 KidsFest runs from 10-25 July offering hundreds of events and activities through the winter school holidays. This year is extra special as we celebrate 30 years of KidsFest.

Lego fans can get hands on at the Christchurch Brick Show on 17-18 July while on Saturday 24 July all-ages.

Go Live! Festival takes over the Christchurch Town Hall with 17 local music acts from alternative through to rock and pop.

Winter Fun, Chill in the City offers ice-skating, Hagglund rides, selfies with huskies and toboggan rides from 29 July-1 August, at various locations in the Cashel Street, City Mall.

Rounding out winter the WORD Christchurch Festival presents a range of literary events around the city from August 25-29.