Right now the weather in Christchurch is still wintery but Spring is only a few weeks away. So we’ve listed below some of the events coming up – if anything takes your fancy and you live outside the city, jump into our accommodation section and book yourself in to really make a weekend of it.
NZ International Film Festival, August 8 – 25, 2019 Isaac Theatre Royal and Lumiere Cinemas, Arts Centre
With more than 80 films and documentaries from around the world, this year’s NZIFF is promising to be better than ever! For the first time, movies will be screened either at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal or the more intimate surroundings of the newly open Lumiere Cinemas in the Christchurch Arts Centre. Both environments bring a special atmosphere that takes you outside the usual moviegoing experience. Check out the full programme of movies and book your tickets here.
Ferrymead Night Market, September 7 2019, 4pm – 8pm
As the days get longer, it is time to head on down to Ferrymead Heritage Park for a relaxing stroll around the village and the market stalls. This family friendly event runs on the first Saturday of every month, so if you miss it in September, you can get down there in October.
Entry to the park is a gold coin per person.
– Food Vendors
– Entertainment – Live Music – Bouncy Castle – Face Painting
– Sorry no dogs allowed except for service dogs.
– Tram – small fee
– Vulcan Train – small fee
– Print Shop, Post Office, the Theatre, and Curragh House are open.
– Make sure you bring ample cash for this event as there are no ATM’s. We do not offer cash out.
– Some stalls and most food stands have eftpos
– Please consider public transport to help ease parking.
The Early Early Late Show, September 1, Court Theatre Addington
Something new for the city’s kids – every first Sunday of the month, the Court Theatre Jesters will be bringing back their very popular improv show for kids of all ages.
Our clever cast of Court Jesters are the masters of fast, funny, improvised comedy. They’ll create scenes, stories and songs on the spot with nothing but your ideas to inspire them.
The only show in town that both your seven and twelve-year-old will enjoy, The Early Early Late Show is unmissable comedy for tweenagers – and their grown-ups.
Miss Saigon, Isaac Theatre Royal, September 27 – October 6 2019
Madam Butterfly is given new life in this epic adaptation of Puccini’s 1904 opera, exploring love and loss in the Vietnam conflict.
A tragedy of passion and beauty, Miss Saigon is one of the most daring theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is the second massively successful musical from the creators of Les Misérables.
In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, American GI Chris and Vietnamese girl Kim fall in love and marry but are distressingly separated when Saigon falls. Alone, Kim gives birth to Chris’ son and waits faithfully for his return. Unable to contact Kim, Chris remarries and attempts to move on with his life.
Circumstances bring Chris back to southeast Asia where he learns the truth… but with tragic consequences.
Miss Saigon is an epic pop musical that is universal in its emotional power.