It may be the middle of winter, but the colder, shorter days aren’t an excuse to hole up indoors. There are plenty of events on that’ll tempt you away from the fireplace and into a Hertz Christchurch Airport Car Rental. Here are a few you won’t want to miss.
The Christchurch Arts Festival this year is spread over five weekends, starting from August 22, and three main venues. Attendees will notice not one, not two, but three world premieres: new play Gifted, which tells the story of when Frank Sargeson met Janet Frame; a collaboration between Mike Nock Trio and NZTrio; and Strike Percussion’s new work created with John Psathas, Between Zero and One. Three major visual arts projects reflect on the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes, and the theatre programme has plenty to offer, including Edinburgh Festival hit The Animals and Children Took To The Streets. On the music front you can look forward to Jon Toogood, Julia Deans, Lawrence Arabia, Fly My Pretties, New Zealand Opera, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. For the youngest audience members, Scottish Opera’s Baby O returns accompanied by Sensory O for toddlers.
Again, there’s plenty to suit all tastes at the International Film Festival. There’s the feature film interpretation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s performance of Giselle, directed by acclaimed New Zealand playwright and film maker Toa Fraser. Or Dirty Wars, a documentary about the US Joint Special Operations unit; or perhaps another documentary, Soul in the Sea, which tracks the famous lone dolphin Moko. There’s local comedy The Deadly Ponies Gang, or the stunning Antarctica: A Year On Ice. Two Hitchcock restorations make up the golden oldies section, with the classics Dial M for Murder (redone in 3D) and North by Northwest both on the schedule.
October 19 marks TEDx Christchurch, a one-day event like no other. The first Christchurch TEDx event was TEDxChCh in 2010. The following two years were focused on the post-quake context, but this year it returns to its broader roots. Speakers announced so far include comedian Dai Henwood, superhero Flat Man, futurist Stuart Candy, entrepreneur Selwyn Pellett, poet Ali Jacs, and Ben Uffindell, editor of The Civilian. National Radio’s Kathryn Ryan will MC. Head along for inspiration, intrigue, and provocation.