Christchurch Arts Festival Joins Creative New Zealand Toi Totara Programme

Christchurch Arts Festival is one of just two new organisations to be part of Creative New Zealand’s Toi Totara investment programme providing three years of funding with a small increase and recognition of the organistion as playing a key role in the New Zealand arts sector.

The Festival is just one of three New Zealand festivals in the top tier of CNZ’s investment programme alongside The New Zealand Festival and Auckland Arts Festival.

Festival Trust chair Lauren Semple said the move from being a Kahikatea organisation to now being part of the Toi Totara programme is significant and reflects the importance and strength of the Christchurch arts community and the Festival in the national arts landscape.

“This is a acknowledgement of the work done over the past 20 years to grow the Festival and we are delighted it is now seen as a key arts organisation in New Zealand.”

The Festival is the third Christchurch organisation to be part of the Toi Totara programme joining The Court Theatre and The Physics Room.

The announcement of Christchurch Arts Festival as a Toi Totara organisation also included confirmation of funding across the next three years with a small increase from $115,000 annually to $415,000 across the three years. However Festival Director Craig Cooper points out that this funding is a very small part of the overall budget to deliver the biennial Festival.

Mr Cooper said the move from Kahikatea to Totara also recognised the role the Festival has as a leadership arts organisation and “there is an expectation that we build capacity and capability in the sector in the South Island.

“The Festival has already been working closely to support a variety of organisations in developing new work, particularly with That Bloody Woman and The White Guitar which were commissioned and premiered by Christchurch Arts Festival and have gone on to further success.”

The next Christchurch Arts Festival is in August and September 2017.

Further information on Creative New Zealand’s Toi Totara Haemata investment programme is available here.

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact:

Sally Woodfield | Marketing and Communications Manager – Christchurch Arts Festival | 021 868 020 |