All Shows

Live at Six

Bring your smartphone and be part of the action. A black comedy with a thriller edge that will change the way you watch the news.

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This high energy, enchanting circus show mixes jaw-dropping acrobatic skills with a jet-propelled urban energy.

Fault Lines

When the shaking stops what’s left? Fault Lines exposes the intimate human response to natural disaster.

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Discover a place of faded glamour scorching with passion, rapture and desire in a cabaret show featuring heart-stopping acrobatics.

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Escape with Leo into a world of the impossible ... a gravity-defying show which will trick your brain, challenge your senses and leave you wondering which way is up.


It is 1955. New Zealand’s literary landscape is about to change forever. Janet Frame meets Frank Sargeson in a brand new piece of NZ theatre.


Enjoy the high energy, sheer style and physicality of these superb Black Grace dancers.

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Anybody Waitin'

We’re all waiting for something, mostly for something to happen: come for good dancing, good looks and a good time.

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Hotel Rendezvous Season

What goes on behind the closed doors of the hotel room? Theatre at its most intimate.

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Hotel Heartland Season

What goes on behind the closed doors of the hotel room? Theatre at its most intimate.

I, George Nepia

George Nepia – husband, father, farmer, singer, rebel... and the greatest rugby player to pull on the All Blacks jersey – an Invincible.

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Party With The Aunties

It’s Uncle Angus’ 50th birthday party and the whole whanau is reunited.


A sensory experience that captures the imagination of babies and adults alike.


Toddlers and their adults enter a magical, nighttime world; take a train ride through the jungle, and meet a friendly lion who sleeps under the stars...

The Rite

Three stunning pieces in one magical night including Stravinsky’s Les Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring).

Super Musician

A wild, rock ‘n’ roll cabaret ride, Super Musician is Die Roten Punkte at
its best.

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Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia returns across the desert sands for his second run at the Festival.

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No Depression

The Eastern shakes off the road dust and brings a rollicking, reaffirming roustabout through the history of the kiwi folk song...

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The Hard Road

Join Julia Deans, Tama Waipara and Annie Crummer as they hit the road in song and style.

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Hailing from Arizona, Calexico has been described as “eclectic indie rockers sprinkled with desert dust”.

Adam Page

Adam Page will wow you with his high energy, his sense of fun and his fantastic music.


The Jubilate Singers present Elijah, the most popular of all Mendelssohn’s compositions.

The Great Art War

When a wealthy philanthropist gifts a Frances Hodgkins’ painting to the Christchurch Art Gallery, it ignites a battle between art and politics.

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Totally Weill

Join the musical ride on Planet Weill from the hooded Mack the Knife to the cold-blooded Pirate Jenny.

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Soul in the City

Be prepared to lose yourself in Bella Kalolo’s rich soulful voice.


Four estranged brothers return to the family home to mourn their father Bob.

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Fly My Pretties

A melding of some of New Zealand’s finest musicians and rising stars.

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Noye's Fludde

The community comes together for this opera: A 15th century play telling the story of Noah being told by God to build an ark and fill the ark with animals.

Christchurch Brass

The ultimate ‘band in the park’ concert. ATTENTION: It's official! The weather has held out for us so Christchurch Brass will be going ahead at 2pm today, 29 September. Come and join us in North Hagley Park for the biggest massed Brass band concert to ever be seen in Christchurch! Don't forget to check your clocks due to daylight saving!

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Strike brings its groundbreaking community project to Christchurch schools, creating a massed percussion group.

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Mike Nock and NZTrio

A musical celebration of the worlds of jazz and classical music with two of New Zealand’s most acclaimed ensembles.

With Bold Needle and Thread

Well-known columnist and craft expert Rosemary McLeod offers an enticing collection of 47 vintage projects with a modern twist.

The State of the Play

Three very different and exciting playwrights discuss what inspires, challenges and intrigues them.

Get Off the Grass

Shaun Hendy tells us why we need to start taking science seriously.

A Novel Idea

Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Laing and Carl Nixon talk with Rachael King about their works.

The Soldier's Tale

The CSO performs Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale – a work is based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who makes a deal with the devil.

Beethoven Recycle: Part Two

Part Two of Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE tour comes to Christchurch featuring the famed ‘Appassionata’ sonata.

Philip Norman: A Musical Journey

Philip Norman is alive and well and composing in Christchurch. In this showcase he shares his wit and wisdom, punctuated by his music.

A History of Silence: A Memoir

A moving journey of discovery in which present and past merge as Lloyd Jones describes his early years and attempts to piece together his mother's difficult past.

The National

Renowned New Zealand jewellery maker Warwick Freeman presents a collection of work, both past and present, in his first ever solo exhibition in Christchurch

Going Global Music Summit

The Going Global Music Summit features internal guest speakers and provides industry professionals and music fans the opportunity to interact with the like-minded peers.