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  1. AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE

    Brace yourselves for a ridiculously clever play! Be transported to World War One and follow the stories of two young men; one a keen enlister, the other a conscientious objector.

    • Family
    • Family Prices
  2. AN DÉISE with special guest ROESY

    Dust off your dancing shoes for a night of traditional Irish music with this trio of Ireland's top musicians joined by contemporary singer songwriter Roesy.

    • Music
    • Student Rush
  3. ANATOMY OF THE PIANO (FOR BEGINNERS)

    Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship – he gets a piano! Come on an adventure into the world of pianos – where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Christmas present.

    • Family
    • Family Prices
  4. AT-LARGE

    Auckland art dealer Anna Miles comes to Christchurch for one week only showing ceramics by Richard Stratton, photographs by Allan McDonald and paintings by Adrienne Vaughan.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  5. ATLAS VOICES: POLAR OPPOSITES

    Feel your heart lift and your soul soar with music from modern choral composers from both sides of the globe.

    • Music
    • Classical Music
    • Student Rush
  6. CHRISTCHURCH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BECA ARTIST SERIES - WOLFGANG EMANUEL SCHMIDT

    Described as ‘one of the leading cellists of his generation’ Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt joins the CSO to perform with and lead the orchestra in a programme featuring Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schumann.

    • Classical Music
  7. BEYOND CALLIGRAPHY

    A double bill programme, Beyond Calligraphy highlights the exquisite grace and physicality of Guangdong Modern Dance Company.

    • Dance
    • Student Rush
  8. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: PETER GARRETT - BIG BLUE SKY

    Ahead of Midnight Oil’s Christchurch concert, the band’s charismatic frontman Peter Garrett makes a special appearance to talk about his creative and political life as outlined in his recent memoir Big Blue Sky.

    • Shifting points of view
  9. BOXFRESH LIVE! #4: THE RESPONSE & ADAM MCGRATH

    BoxFresh Live!#4 matches up emerging local indie-pop act The Response, with renowned musical journeyman and The Eastern frontman Adam McGrath.

    • Music
  10. JUAN VESUVIUS: CALYPSO NIGHTS

    Uno, dos, tres, PARTY! Barnie Duncan is Juan Vesuvius – a suavely ridiculous Venezuelan DJ who invites the audience into his world of Calypso and Soca music, maraca virtuosity and endearing idiocy.

     

    • Comedy
    • Student Rush
  11. CHRIST(CHURCH) ALMIGHTY!

    Bloody cathedral. Traffic cones. Bumpy roads. Out East. Out West. Ballantynes. Brown and white. Tangata whenua. Bloody islanders. Go back to where you came from.

    • Cabaret
    • Emerge
  12. MICHAEL GRIFFITHS: COLE

    Dive into the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter with Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths: hedonism, grave misfortune, enduring love and a legacy that sparkles with wit and wisdom… sometimes anything goes.

    • Cabaret
    • Music
    • Student Rush
  13. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: JOHN SAFRAN - DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST

    No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran - Australian satirist, documentary maker and provocateur.

    • Shifting points of view
  14. EPHEMERAL CITY

    Create something magical in the heart of the city. Using just cardboard boxes and tape, a sky-high building will rise in Market Square. Be part of the construction and ... the exciting demolition!

    • Special Event
    • Family
  15. EREWHON REVISITED

    WORLD PREMIERE
    A thrilling expedition into the future in this multimedia adventure featuring love, laughter, music and property speculation. Based on Samuel Butler's classic NZ novel Erewhon (1872).

    • Theatre
    • Student Rush
  16. ERNEST RUTHERFORD: EVERYONE CAN SCIENCE!

    Long-dead scientist Ernest Rutherford claws his way off the hundred-dollar note to give his first lecture in more than 70 years. Bursting with enthusiasm, charm and 19th century wit, Ernest will take you on a verbal walking tour through his unbelievable life of science and adventure.

    • Theatre
    • Comedy
    • Student Rush
    • Family Prices
  17. Selling Fast

    EXPOSING EDITH

    Experience the life, loves and losses of legendary French star, Edith Piaf. A stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds, and the songs which shot Piaf to stardom.

    • Cabaret
    • Student Rush
  18. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: FAIL SAFE / FAIL BETTER

    How good are you at failing? Can you fail better? Our panel shares tales of failure and its role in this lives and careers: Featuring Clementine Ford, Witi Ihimaera, Glenn Colquhoun, Lianne Dalziel, Hana O'Regan and Victor Rodger.

    • Special Event
    • Shifting points of view
  19. FESTIVAL LOUNGE

    Sample the best of the city’s live music before or after a show or stick around for a long listen in the warmth.

    • Music
  20. Sold Out

    CLEMENTINE FORD - FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

    She’s Australia’s online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere!

    • Shifting points of view
  21. HELL OR HIGH WATER

    Immerse yourself in this mash-up of theatre and live electronic music which asks the BIG questions: When are we adults? How do you make a really good sandwich? How do we prepare to take the reins of the world?

     

    • Theatre
    • Emerge
  22. JAZZ

    See Henri Matisse’s spontaneous and intensely coloured Jazz, unarguably one of the most loved artworks of the 20th century. 

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  23. HUDSON & HALLS LIVE!

    And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. Long before Masterchef, there was Hudson & HallsBe transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.

    • Theatre
    • Comedy
  24. JANE EYRE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation in Charlotte Bronte’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance.

    • Theatre
    • Student Rush
  25. CHRISTCHURCH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: LAMB & HAYWARD MASTERWORKS - TCHAIKOVSKY 5

    Internationally acclaimed British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen performs Samuel Barber’s ‘Violin Concerto’ in a concert also featuring Edward Elgar’s poignant ‘Sospiri’ and ending with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent fifth symphony.

     

    • Classical Music
  26. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: MADWOMEN IN THE ATTIC

    Sit back and enjoy dark tales of gothic houses, damaged men, plucky heroines and secrets lurking in attics as an actor, a novelist and a librarian discuss the enduring appeal of gothic women in literature.

    • Shifting points of view
  27. MANIFESTO 2083

    Enter the mind of a killer. An extraordinary insight into the mind of Anders Breivik - a man who radicalised himself online in order to commit an act of terror that shocked the world.

    • Theatre
    • Student Rush
  28. MATAI

    Explore one young man’s journey to find the balance between traditional Samoan culture and modern life.

    • Theatre
    • Emerge
  29. MICHAEL HOUSTOUN AND BELLA HRISTOVA

    Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano performed across three concerts by acclaimed New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun and Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova.

    • Classical Music
    • Student Rush
  30. MOA HUNTER FASHIONS

    Works by Ngāi Tahu jeweller Areta Wilkinson.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  31. MY OWN DARLING

    In the beating heart of the city, everybody is someone’s darling. Part road movie, part love song, award-winning poet and TED talk sensation Grace Taylor brings her unique voice to theatre in this not-to-be-missed show.

    • Theatre
    • Music
    • Family Prices
    • Student Rush
  32. ORESTEIA EXPERIENCE

    A specially curated tour of the University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum and Logie Collection of Antiquities sets the scene for the spine-tingling NZ premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ operatic take on Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

    • Classical Music
    • Student Rush
  33. PERHAPS, PERHAPS... QUIZÁS

    If at first you don't succeed, try again... and again... and again. Heart-wrenching and hilarious, this clown piece plays with the idea of loneliness; the wait and hope for Mr Right.

    • Theatre
    • Comedy
    • Student Rush
  34. POROPITI

    Told through movement, song, sound and theatrical lyricism, Poropiti is a beautiful surrealist duet with Tola Newbery’s innovative physical theatre and Mara TK’s deep and soulful musical explorations.

    • Theatre
    • Music
    • Student Rush
  35. REPATRIATION

    The National presents a small selection from two recent bodies of work by Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu jeweller) and Mark Adams (pākeha photographer).

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  36. RIA HALL: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

    A blazing female force in New Zealand music, Ria Hall is free-thinking, edgy and unapologetic. Featuring tracks from her debut album with a full band.

    • Music
    • Student Rush
  37. ROB RUHA: THE PŪTAWA COLLECTIVE

    With his award winning music and soul-stirring performances, acclaimed ‘Haka-soul’ artist Rob Ruha leads The Putawa Collective featuring Tyna Keelan (The Nok) and Mike Barker (Swamp Thing).

    • Music
    • Student Rush
  38. RODRIGO AMARANTE

    Melding classic Brazilian beats, alt-rock and soaring folk, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante sings of places and spaces, familiar and foreign.

    • Music
    • Student Rush
  39. ROMEO AND JULIET

    A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever.

    • Dance
  40. Selling Fast

    SCRIPTLESS: FIRST CLASS

    Alumni of Scared Scriptless, New Zealand’s longest running comedy show, descend on The Court’s stage to pull on their improvising pants once more.

    • Theatre
    • Comedy
  41. SHARE / CHEAT / UNITE

    Featuring works by international and local artists Gemma Banks, Yu Cheng-Chou, Chim-Pom, Sasha Huber, Anibal Lopez (A-1 53167), Pilvi Takala and Johnson Witehira.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  42. SIRQUS ALFON: I AM SOMEBODY

    Combining music, dancing, lasers and comedy in an experience of light and sound like you've never witnessed before. 

     

     

    • Physical Theatre
    • Family
    • Student Rush
    • Family Prices
  43. STARMAN

    In a starburst cabaret show Sven Ratzke and his band bring to life the mad, bizarre, androgynous and fabulous universe of David Bowie.

    • Cabaret
    • Music
    • Student Rush
  44. STOPPED SHORT BY WONDER

    Inspired by a flash of light and a thunderclap, Len Lye: Stopped Short by Wonder includes kinetic sculptures, paintings and films by one of New Zealand’s most innovative artists.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  45. THE ABSURDITY OF HUMANITY

    Striking works by acclaimed NZ choreographer Ross McCormack and Australia’s Lina Limosani form a stage-blazing trans-Tasman double bill from The New Zealand Dance Company for one night only.

    • Dance
    • Student Rush
  46. THE BLACK RIDER: THE CASTING OF THE MAGIC BULLETS

    Roll on up, for a magical, musical carnival ride! By special invitation, Free Theatre Christchurch’s sell-out sensation The Black Rider: the casting of the magic bullets returns for two nights for CAF 2017. 

    • Theatre
    • Music
  47. THE LOVER AND THE LOOKOUT

    An unmanned spotlight randomly scanning a public area detects people when they walk in a certain area. Be part of this Light Installation work in Market Square on Festival weekends.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  48. THE THINGS BETWEEN US

    WORLD PREMIERE
    Dom and Sam fall in love. But it’s complicated. Will these opposites attract or repel? A new musical from Luke Di Somma (co-writer of 2015 hit That Bloody Woman) 

    • Musical Theatre
    • Student Rush
  49. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: DAVID GALLER & GLENN COLQUHOUN - THINGS THAT MATTER

    “The doctor will see you now…” A superb, engaging speaker and storyteller, Dr David Galler discusses life and death, and the things that matter with poet and fellow medicine-man, Glenn Colquhoun.

    • Shifting points of view
  50. TO THE TIDELINE

    Kate McIntyre’s work exhibits a strong, distinctive, graphic style and is inspired by naural geometry; the patterns in the world around us.

    • Visual Arts
    • Free
  51. Selling Fast

    SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: TUTAE PATU LAGOON WALKING TOUR

    On this walking tour through Tuhaitara Coastal Park at Woodend Beach, Joseph Hullen (Ngai Tuahuriri, Ngai Tahu) uncovers the rich history and significance of Tutae Patu Lagoon.

    • Special Event
    • Shifting points of view
  52. UNDERNEATH

    What lies under the surface? Fishamble: The New Play Company brings this blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret.

    • Theatre
    • Student Rush
  53. VIRTUOSITY SERIES

    The University of Canterbury’s School of Music presents a series of three concerts: Virtuosity Series.

    • Classical Music
  54. SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW: RENI EDDO-LODGE - WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE

    We invite you to come and listen as award-winning British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, discusses modern and historic issues of race with playwright Victor Rodger, while also offering a framework to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

    • Shifting points of view

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