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Art And Culture Events In Ōtautahi Christchurch

Get Your Art And Culture Fix This Spring

You may not be able travel to see the arts and culture treasures of the world, but this spring Christchurch’s BLOOM festival is bringing the events and exhibitions to fix that nagging itch.

Here’s your fix, line ‘em up in your calendar today!


Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

5 - 21 November 2021

Be immersed in your imagination and treat yourself to one of the 79 amazing films being screened over 16 days here in Christchurch. With the unfortunate news of Auckland having to cancel their screenings, Christchurch is now the opening city for the festival!

Show your support for two short films in the Festival – The Meek and Peninsula produced by local film makers.

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Word Festival

WORD Christchurch Festival

10 to 13 November

WORD Christchurch is a world-class festival of writing and ideas giving Christchurch audiences direct access to the best authors in New Zealand and the world, ground-breaking ideas, Ngāi Tahu stories, and opportunities for local writers and readers to create new work, 75 events, 150 writers over five days – it’s going to be epic!

BLOOM 2021 Art's Centre Sculpture Festival

The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival

12 to 26 November

Support emerging and well-known New Zealand artists in a beautiful heritage setting at The Arts Centre’s annual sculpture festival. With around 40 New Zealand artists and over 200 works for sale, including ceramics and jewellery, the festival will be stunning display of creative talent. Don’t miss opening weekend on 12 to 14 November where you can hear directly from the artists, see short films on their work, try a new skill or watch an artist demonstration.

Scape 2020

SCAPE Public Art

19 November to 14 January

A firm favourite with locals SCAPE returns to surprise, provoke and delight you. The 2021 season showcases two walkways – the first takes you around eight inspiring new artworks, winding through the city’s Cultural Precinct, Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. The second lets you meander through the city and river paths and focuses on 15 established legacy artworks.

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