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The week ahead…  

Parenting Week 2015

24 – 30 August // Various times and venues

The Neighbourhood Trust presents it’s annual Parenting Week programme. This week-long schedule includes seminars, workshops and practical skills to add to your parenting toolbox. Qualified speakers such as Diane Levy, John Cowan and Nathan Wallis (to name but a few) will be covering aspects of Parenting at all stages. Whatever stage you or your children are at, there’s something here for everyone. Check the programme for more information. Official Website: Click here. Facebook Event: Click here.  


Christchurch Arts Festival 2015 : A Midsummer Night’s Dream

27-29 August // Isaac Theatre Royal, Gloucester Street

In an unprecedented artistic coup, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is thrilled that Liam Scarlett, one of the most sought-after choreographers working today, will create his first full-length, main stage production, for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in 2015. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on Shakespeare’s play and with Mendelssohn’s wonderful incidental music, will have its world premiere in Wellington in August 2015. Scarlett’s musical, witty choreography, displayed in designs by Tracy Grant Lord (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet) and lighting by Kendall Smith (Giselle) will bring Shakespeare’s enchanted wood and vivid characters, to fresh new life for New Zealand audiences. Liam Scarlett was appointed The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence in 2012. He has created a string of acclaimed ballets for The Royal Ballet, and his commissions for international companies have included works for New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, English National Ballet, K-Ballet (Japan) and the BalletBoyz (UK). A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production with Queensland Ballet. Official Website: Click here. Facebook Event: Click here  

Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival

31 August – 4 September // Horncastle Arena

Boasting a spectacular smorgasboard of multicultural performance, Wearable Art Pageant and Visual Art Exhibition. This year’s showcase promises to impress, with traditional and contemporary performances by 72 children’s performance groups, representing 10 nationalities and from all over Canterbury. Cultural Festival is a unique and colourful stage show that celebrates the many vibrant cultures in our schools and Aotearoa – don’t miss out on this very special experience. Official Website: Click here.


Christchurch Food Truck Market @ The Commons

4 September // 4-9pm // 70 Kilmore St

The Christchurch Food Trucks are having their final Winter Fling on Friday September 4th, 4-9pm. Entertainment, Music, Games & of course… Food! Get down to the Commons, on the First Friday of the month to get your fix of some of Christchurch’s top food vendors. Brought to you by Gap Filler & The Commons. Friday Night Food Trucks was started by CCC in Cathedral Square across Summer 2014-15 as a pilot project. To keep it going, Gap Filler hosted a Winter season of the event, Monthly, at The Commons – a site we oversee and manage day-to-day. It is available for hire over Summer. The CCC will continue its series, weekly in Cathedral Square, from October.  *If weather is adverse we will postpone to the following Friday – See Facebook Event for details


Scarecrow Saturday

5 September // 10am – 1pm // on green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln

Come join in the fun at this annual Lincoln event. Perfect opportunity to get creative as a family to produce a prize winning scarecrow creation. Some fantastic prizes to be won. Bring along your scarecrow between 9.30 – 10 am for registration. Winners announced at midday. New category this year includes your on site creation – see how inventive you can be making a SCARECROW against the clock between 10 – 11.30 (with items supplied by the market). Judging begins at 11.30 am. There will be live music throughout the event to enjoy PLUS all the great selection of genuine locally grown fruit/veg/plants, award winning produce inc. preserves, cheeses, artisan baking, honey, hazelnuts…. and diverse range of handcrafted gifts – perfect time to start getting your Xmas shopping in early!! See for full details.


Christchurch Arts Festival 2015

27 Aug – 20 Sept 

Christchurch Arts Festival is a major feature on the South Island event calendar showcasing a programme of arts and entertainment by leading international and New Zealand performers and artists. The Festival experience in 2015 will span four weekends with a range of theatrical enticements that lead the city out of winter and into the lightness of spring. It’s a Festival promising a burst of creative energy, vitality, amusement and adventure. Featuring an exciting programme of cabaret and magic, high quality theatre and dance, that sits alongside a diverse offering of classical through to contemporary music and a range of community events. Make the Festival part of your year and bring the central city alive through the arts in 2015! Official Website: Click here