Arts Festival 2019

26 July — 4 August

Bold, dynamic and unashamedly local, this is the dawn of a reimagined festival that lights up the heart of the city and brings warmth, soul and togetherness to the depths of winter. Prepare for a unique experience of light, sound, movement and food, as extraordinary artists and producers come together for a festival that explores, inspires and reimagines Ōtautahi and Te Wai Pounamu. This is our festival — a chance to enjoy, indulge and celebrate Canterbury’s reputation for bold innovation and dynamic, unusual creativity.


The latest news and updates about the
Christchurch Arts Festival 2019

New director plans to take the city on an epic odyssey.

The new director of the Christchurch Arts Festival wants to transform the event into a grand winter spectacle with a smaller programme and more experimental work by local artists.

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Who got the gig? Re-thinking George Parker.

George Parker, the new Artistic Director for the Christchurch Arts Festival, has some big ideas for the festival’s future. The self-proclaimed dreamer and schemer spoke enthusiastically...

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New dynamic duo announced.

Christchurch Arts Festival Trust Board is very pleased to announce the appointment of new Artistic Director, Dr. George Parker and CEO, Clare Wilkinson.

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Join the team for 2019.

It takes a fantastic team to create something great. If you're interested in being part of the 2019 Festival, check in regularly for our latest positions or feel free to get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!