Canterbury is a region of diverse ethnicities, cultures and beliefs. With spring under way, many of our cultural communities are hosting fun and exciting activities for Cantabrians to enjoy as the weather gets to warm. Check out our cultural picks for the season.
Yo-Yo Ma's New Zealand debut performance
Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is set to make his New Zealand debut in Christchurch performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in one sitting, without interval, as part of his two-year global Bach journey.
Christchurch is one of 36 locations around the world where Yo-Yo Ma will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Venues have been chosen that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future.
Book tickets for this significant performance here.
FrenchFest - Akaroa
Bonjour! Immerse yourself in rich, French culture at the Akaroa FrenchFest, an exciting 3-day event jam-packed with activities for all ages and interests. Bring a beach chair and witness the re-enactment of the French and German settlement of Akaroa. Stroll through the markets, enjoy amazing performances and all things French in picturesque Akaroa, kicking off October, 11.
Miss Saigon at Isaac Theatre Royal
A tragedy of passion and beauty, the Miss Saigon musical has been described as one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. From the creators of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon follows the love story of a Vietnamese girl and an American soldier who were separated amidst the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Universal in its emotional power, it’s a musical that isn’t to be missed. The Miss Saigon season runs until October, 12. Get your tickets here.
Diwali Indian Festival of Lights
The most popular of all Hindu festivals, Diwali marks the start of the Hindu New Year. It honours Indian gods in a day of celebration, food and fun. Peruse Indian arts and crafts stalls, enjoy colourful stage performances and devour authentic Indian food. Save the date! The free event is on in Cathedral Square on October, 26 – get amongst the cultural action!
Be transported to Thailand this November at the Thai Festival 2019! Choose from 10 different Thai restaurants cooking up a storm for you on the day. Exhibitions of Muay Thai (Thai boxing), traditional dancing and cooking demonstrations are sure to excite, and treat yourself with unique, handmade goods and souvenirs. Head down to Rauora Park for this FREE event on November, 10.