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The week ahead…  


The Good Night Film Festival: Frozen

27th Feb  // See below for times // Outside Riccarton House

Bring a blanket, cushion and a torch for a mini-season of three outdoor movies over Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. There will be pre-show entertainment from 6pm, followed by the movie at 7pm. Entry is a gold coin donation to The Emergency Care Foundation – a local charity that helps improve the quality of patient care in emergencies. Best entrances to the Botanic Gardens are: Riccarton Ave, Armagh St bridge and Rolleston St (beside the Museum). Please vacate the Gardens after the movie ends as the gates will then be locked. Facebook Event and all movie listings: Click here
Frozen: When a princess with the power to turn things into ice curses her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff. G – 102 mins – Animation/Adventure/Comedy.  

Skate Jams

28th February // 12-3pm // Waltham Primary School

4th March // 4-6pm // Tai Tapu School

by Cheapskates Skate Skool; free gear hire and coaching from experienced skaters; All events include a best trick competition where participants can show off their best moves for a chance to win prizes. Official Website: Click here


The Drum Festival

28th Feb – 1st March  // 2pm // Little River Campground

The Little River Campground and Manaia Native Habitat again host The Drum Festival. Limited tickets are $20 for a day pass plus $15/adult for limited camping spots. Kids under 10 $5/ day. Kids under 3 are free. Pay for your adult tickets online and kids on the gate. Nestled in the Okuti Valley in a park like setting beside the Okuti River the campground is an unique outdoor venue for performances- from hand drums in the stillness of deep native bush to African rhythms riverside and the nighttime drum circle jam. Note: Unfortunately the Japanese Drummers Takumi can not play the 2015 festival. The weekend will consist of performance, workshops and campfire jams, dance workshops and camping. Camping is an extra $15. There may be gate sales but this is not guaranteed. Official Website: Click here


Bromley Fair

28th February  // 11am – 2pm // Bromley Community Centre

Bromley Community Centre presents Bromley Community Fair, taking place at the Bromley Community Centre on the corner of Bromley and Maces Roads. There will be heaps of fun for the family with a free bouncy castle and rides for children, a sausage sizzle and plenty of stalls. Plenty of free car parking. Phone 389 1657 or text 027 716 8476 for more information. Rain date, Saturday 7 March.


Streets Children’s Day

1st March  // 10am – 3pm // Air Force Museum

Face painting, crafts, bouncy castle, and pony rides are all part of the fun of Te Rā O Te Tamariki – Children’s Day. This international day is an opportunity to talk and listen to children and give them time, praise and encouragement, love and affection, and new experiences. This year, Christchurch’s celebration of children will happen at the Air Force Museum. It is a free community event including performing arts, adventure activities, sport and games. A range of stalls will promote various groups focused on children, with information and education available. Official Website: Click here


Canterbury Japan Day 2015

1st March  // 10am – 5pm // Riccarton Park Function Centre

Canterbury Japan Day 2015 presents you with a day of Japan; full of fun, delicious food, and educational attractions to get to know authentic Japanese culture. As part of seasonal sequence, this year, the venue will be transformed into elegant, enchanting, and colourful Japanese Autumn. In addition to the stage performances and indoor exhibitions, there will be much more hands-on attractions that will ensure visitors the real ‘experience’ of Japan. The feature attraction, “Theatre of Princess Kaguya” is not to be missed!


Stories by the Sea

Story time for 2-5 year olds brought to you by Christchurch City Libraries in support of Seaweek 2015. Contact Info: 0277030772

3rd March //  10:30am // New Brighton Library, 213 Marine Parade, New Brighton

5th March // 10:30am // Parklands Library, 46 Queenspark Drive, Parklands 


Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015

4th – 8th March  // Hagley Park North

Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa and the Waitaha Cultural Council are proud to present Te Matatini 2015 – Christchurch. Every two years, Te Matatini organises the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival, where top kapa haka teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the honour of being crowned the best of the best. The festival started in 1972 and is now the world’s largest celebration of Māori traditional performing arts, attracting over 30,000 performers, supporters and visitors. The festival is a whānau friendly, smoke, alcohol and drug free event. It is an opportunity for all people, regardless of culture, background or age to come together, to share and celebrate the richness of Māori culture. Over four days, audiences can witness the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori and local southern delicacies, shop for Māori arts and crafts and experience cultural exhibitions and workshops. Come celebrate the 22nd Te Matatini festival and experience the power and grace of kapa haka. Official Website: Click here


Under 5 Fest 2015

6th – 12th March  // 9:30-4:30pm // Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium, Blenheim Road (Opposite The Warehouse)

A special event for young children with over 40 hands-on science exhibits and activities. Come and learn, play, discover alongside your child. Ideal for parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts, friends and caregivers…and of course those under 5. With a record number of visitors last year, the Science Alive Under 5 Fest is back! The Science Alive Under 5 Fest is on 6 – 12 March 2015 from 9.30am – 4.30pm at the new spacious venue. Entry:  $6 per person with under 2’s free. Contact (03) 365 5199 or official website: Click here


Culture Galore

7th March  // Noon – 4pm// Ray Blank Park, Maidstone Road

Culture Galore …dance to the beat of a different drum…Experience the world and celebrate cultural diversity. Be entertained by over 50 cultural performances and demonstrations, sample some of the appetising ethnic cuisines or get involved in some arts and crafts. There are plenty of fun activities for all ages including bouncy castles, rock climbing, face painting, stone and soap carving. Why not try activities such as Tai Chi, folk dancing, hula dance and much more. BYO rug or chairs and make a day of it. Limited parking is available. Cancelled if wet. For more details phone 941 8999. Official Website: Click here


Nostalgia Festival

7th March  // 12:30 – 7pm // Ferrymead Heritage Park

Nostalgia is a day long independent food and music festival situated inside the 1900’s replica township of the Ferrymead Heritage Park. Explore the vintage festival environment celebrating a culture full of pop cuisine, craft beer, wine, market stalls and art, all while some of New Zealand’s finest indie musicians provide entertainment from centre stage. The Heritage Park will provide a perfect distraction for the kids (free for under 12 year olds) with the steam train running throughout the day and all the park’s usual features to entertain.  While exploring the park you will also uncover a boutique market featuring a range of stalls from art and crafts to clothing and jewelers. All of this while a selection of New Zealand’s finest indie musicians provide entertainment from center stage, including Christchurch flying nun favourite The Bats. Official Website: Click here


Summer of Fun Events 

Linwood // 28th February // 3-6pm // The Salvation Army, 177 Linwood Avenue, Linwood

Cashmere // 28th Februry // 1:30-4:30pm // St Augustines Anglican, 5 Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere 


Ongoing events…


Spectrum Street Art Festival

14th Feb – 10 May  // YMCA

Featuring: The largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Who: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes. Admission is free, and there are rumored giant spray cans adorning the venue, customized by selected artists. All the major players in spray paint manufacturing are set to contribute, and we imagine this event will undoubtedly cement Christchurch’s reputation as one of the country’s great street art advocates. Official Website: Click here


Sunday Bandstand

Sundays // Various times and locations

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a brass or pipe band’s stirring sounds on a Summer day. Sunday Bandstand showcases outstanding Christchurch talent in some of the most beautiful areas of Christchurch. Pack up your picnic, pick up your family and march on down for some wonderful Sunday afternoon entertainment. Find the schedule on the Summertimes website.