Christchurch Arts Festival


The Christchurch Arts Festival is just around the corner, featuring over 50 events from 30 August – 17 September.

This year sees the biggest international line-up ever, with artists coming from places as diverse as China, Mexico, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Australia and our own home-grown talent.

Go wild with a varied programme of dance, music, spoken word, visual art, theatre and comedy – find it all at Arts Festival!

Student prices have now been introduced for festival opening night performance Play On at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Wednesday 30 August, a musical imagining of Shakespeare’s soliloquies featuring a roll call of high profile NZ musicians. Read more>

There will also be limited $20 Student Rush tickets available from 30 minutes prior to selected performances, upon presentation of valid student ID. Performances with Student Rush tickets available will be posted on the Christchurch Arts Festival Facebook page.

The UC School of Music have two events as part of the Arts Festival:

Oresteia Experience on Sunday 10 September – A specially curated tour of UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and the Logie Collection sets the scene for the New Zealand premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ operatic take on Aeschylus’ Oresteia at the Great Hall, The Arts Centre.
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Virtuosity Series – a series of three concerts at the School of Music Recital Room, The Arts Centre:
Virtuosity of Sound – Thursday 31 August
Virtuosity of Percussion – Monday 4 September
Viola/Violin Virtuoso – Sunday 17 September.
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The Arts Festival also pays homage UC legend Ernest Rutherford in Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! at the Great Hall, (The Arts Centre) 14 – 16 September, in which Ernest (played by Nic Sampson) gives his first lecture in over 70 years.

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