And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. Long before Masterchef, there was Hudson & Halls. Be transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.
See Henri Matisse’s spontaneous and intensely coloured Jazz, unarguably one of the most loved artworks of the 20th century.
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.
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.
Kate McIntyre’s work exhibits a strong, distinctive, graphic style and is inspired by natural geometry; the patterns in the world around us.
Disco divas, dazzling acrobatics and sizzling chanteuses: Welcome to Wonderland… Boogie Wonderland!
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.
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)
The University of Canterbury’s School of Music presents a series of three concerts: Virtuosity Series.
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 North Quad, The Arts Centre on Festival weekends.
Explore one young man’s journey to find the balance between traditional Samoan culture and modern life.
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.
Sample the best of the city’s live music before or after a show or stick around for a long listen in the warmth.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
The National presents a small selection from two recent bodies of work by Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu jeweller) and Mark Adams (pākeha photographer).
Works by Ngāi Tahu jeweller Areta Wilkinson.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In a starburst cabaret show Sven Ratzke and his band bring to life the mad, bizarre, androgynous and fabulous universe of David Bowie.
What lies under the surface? Fishamble: The New Play Company brings this blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret.
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.
No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran - Australian satirist, documentary maker and provocateur.
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!
A double bill programme, Beyond Calligraphy highlights the exquisite grace and physicality of Guangdong Modern Dance Company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combining music, dancing, lasers and comedy in an experience of light and sound like you've never witnessed before.
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.
Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Violin and Piano performed across three concerts by acclaimed New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun and Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova.
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.
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.
BoxFresh Live!#4 matches up emerging local indie-pop act The Response, with renowned musical journeyman and The Eastern frontman Adam McGrath.
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.
“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.
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.
She’s Australia’s online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere!
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.
It’s the ultimate cooking show... This high energy show features insanely talented beatboxing, acrobatics, brilliant breakdancing and slapstick comedy.
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.
Feel your heart lift and your soul soar with music from modern choral composers from both sides of the globe.
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.
If music be the food of love, play on… a musical imagining of Shakespeare's great soliloquies featuring a roll-call of great NZ contemporary musicians.
A sunlit piazza, the candlelit corner of a noble ballroom, a moonlit balcony… when young lovers meet, the world is stilled… then changed forever.
We regret to advise that due to film commitments, Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante is no longer able to travel to New Zealand to perform at Christchurch Arts Festival on Sunday 17 September.