Things to do  |  2 May 2022

Tīrama Mai will brighten up Ōtautahi-Christchurch this winter with a range of innovative lighting installations and artworks on display throughout the central city.

The lighting festival is free to attend and will be held from Friday 24 June to Sunday 3 July.

Christchurch City Council Events and Arts Manager Lucy Blackmore says this year’s event builds on the success of the inaugural Tīrama Mai held in 2021.

“This year we have all new, never-seen-before lighting installations, illuminated artworks and immersive experiences,” says Ms Blackmore.

“The country’s best lighting artists and creative minds have been working hard to create these pieces in partnership with mana whenua.”

The opening night of Tīrama Mai coincides with New Zealand’s first Matariki public holiday.

“The celebration of Matariki is woven throughout Tīrama Mai,” says Ms Blackmore.

In the lead-up the event, a series of panels will be set up in the central city, telling the story of Matariki.

“One of the showstopper pieces is a 21m long illuminated tunnel that runs between Cathedral Square and Te Pae. Visitors moving through the tunnel will be treated to a dazzling light display accompanied by a recording telling a Ngāi Tahu creation story.

“It’s a truly immersive experience that explores a unique part of our culture,” says Ms Blackmore.

A range of other displays will be set up around Cathedral Square, Te Pae, the Arts Centre, New Regent Street, Little High and Riverside Market.

“While enjoying the lights and excitement of Tīrama Mai, visitors can also take the opportunity to explore the city and grab a bite to eat at one of the city’s many hospitality venues,” says Ms Blackmore.

Tīrama Mai is just one of the many exciting events happening in Ōtautahi-Christchurch this winter.

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