The full programme for the 2013 Christchurch Arts
Festival has been released featuring more than 50 events spread
across five weeks from 22 August to 22 September.
Four top events for the Festival were announced in
May, and today the rest of the programme was unveiled with
offerings including theatre from Germany, Britain and New Zealand;
dance from Ireland, China and New Zealand; a fantastic music
programme; two opera works; classical music; inspiring writers and
even two shows for babies and toddlers.
Festival Director Philip Tremewan said the programme
brings exciting weekends filled with shows and activities to "take
you out of winter and reinvigorate your senses for spring.
"Kick up your heels, move to music, be astonished by
circus and cabaret performers and enjoy quality theatre - we're
really excited to bring Christchurch a Festival to amuse, enliven
The 2013 Festival follows a similar structure to the
2011 Festival which also ran across a series of weekends. "We still
face challenges with venue availability," Mr Tremewan said. "And by
spreading the festival across a longer time period, and centring
the core events around the weekends, we give everyone a chance to
come and see more."
Three world premieres feature in the Festival - new
playGifted, 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
Three major visual arts projects run for the duration
of the Festival, which each reflect on the effects of the
For the youngest audience members, Scottish
Opera'sBabyOreturns and they're also bringingSensoryOfor
It's high-energy action and heart-stopping acrobatics
in two very different shows - from Montreal Les 7 Doight de la Main
brings urban acrobatics and circus moves inTraces; while seductive
cabaretCANTINAturns up the heat and takes audiences into an
intoxicating world of scorching passion and desire.
The Festival's theatre programme offers plenty from
the gravity-defyingLeo, from Germany to the gloriously grim and
wickedly funny Edinburgh Festival hitThe Animals and Children Took
To The Streets;and two New Zealand actors are centre stage in two
different solo shows -I, George NepiaandOn The Upside Down of the
Three dance pieces feature in the 2013 Festival.
Joining the China/Christchurch dance collaborationFault Linesis
Black Grace'sVaka, while Ireland's Ponydance performsAnybody
Waitin'in the CBD Bar.
The Fletcher Building Festival Club at the Arts
Centre will be the hub for the music line-up - choose from eclectic
indie rockers Calexico (USA), Die Roten Punkte's wild rock'n'roll
cabaret rideSuper Musician, Lawrence Arabia, The Eastern's
new showNo Depressionas well as Adam Page, Bella Kalolo and Fly My
Two great song-writers feature - Kurt Weill inTotally
Weillfeaturing Christchurch favourites Delaney Davidson and Naomi
Ferguson, and Jacques Brel inThe Words and Music of Jacques
Brelwith Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Jon Toogood, Julia Deans and Tama
Waipara. Julia and Tama also team up with Annie Crummer inThe Hard
New Zealand Opera bringsDon Giovanniand everyone can
join in the community opera,Noyes Fludde- no auditions
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch
Symphony Orchestra perform Mozart and Stravinsky in three
concerts, while soprano Jenny Wollerman and pianist Michael
Houstoun explore the emotional spaces between darkness and light
through a series of songs.
The New Zealand Guitar Quartet, the Lazarus String
Quartet, Michael Houstoun and the Goldner String Quartet with Piers
Lane all feature, in association with Chamber Music New
Alongside this packed programme of theatre, music and
dance sits a programme of ideas with writers sharing their thoughts
And on the final Festival weekend, Christchurch's
Hagley Park will play host to the ultimate 'band in the park'
concert. Christchurch Brassstarts with a lone military musician and
gradually builds as seven brass bands join in to create the biggest
massed band ever seen in the city.
Christchurch Arts Festival takes place from 22 August
to 22 September 2013.