The Festival has opened!

Stunning sunshine and blue skies provided the backdrop for the opening of the 2013 Christchurch Arts Festival!

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Crowds gathered in front of the Christchurch City Council Building off Worcester Boulevard to open the Fly Me Up To Where You Are exhibition. Artist, Tiffany Singh, who created the exhibition spoke about what the flags mean to her and to the children who created them and Roger Sutton spoke of the importance of the Festival in Christchurch and officially declared the Festival open.

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Those in attendance were also treated to a beautiful waiata from Shirley Intermediate and a song written especially for the Festival from Woolston Primary.

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Each of the kids had created flags for the exhibition and were excited to be able to find their own among the mass of colour.

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Less than an hour later, the crowds had made their way down Worcester Boulevard to the Fletcher Building Festival Club where the launch of the powerful Thx 4 the Memories exhibit took place.

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A representative of McConnell Dowell, the sponsor of Thx 4 the Memories, spoke about the impact of the exhibtion and how importance documentation like this is to the city.

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Lawrence Roberts who appears in Thx 4 the Memories then spoke of his experience, highlighting how the stories represented in the exhibition were the stories of many.

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Lianne Dalziel then spoke of leadership, opportunities for the city and then formerly opened the Thx 4 the Memories exhibition.

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What a fantastic day. Thank you all who came down and were involved. The Festival is off to a great start. We can't wait to see you all at Arts Festival performances over the next five weeks!