The Arts Centre Sculpture Festival

Celebrate our city's creativity at the first-ever Arts Centre Sculpture Festival.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Zine Workshop: Diary Comics with Bryce Galloway

Saturday 28 November School of Art

Join artist/zine-maker Bryce Galloway for the making of loose comics that explore the autobiographical everyday.  Walk away with a collaborative publication which you’ve helped create.

Broadway Buddies

Sunday 13 December 2020 Great Hall

The 2020 Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series presents a classic selection of Broadway’s best loved songs and Christmas favourites, presented by, you guessed it, ‘Buddies’.

Creative Stage Spectacular

Sunday 13 December Great Hall

What do Space Aliens, J.S. Bach, Disney Princesses, Indiana Jones, Mozart, Firefighters, Berstein, the North Pole, lukewarm coffee and a McDonalds on Tatooine have in common?

Entry by donation

Café Operana

30 November 2020 Great Hall

Featuring Helen Webby on pedal harp, Sophia Bidwell on accordion and Lois Johnston the vocalist.

Jennine Bailey (jazz vocalist) and Tom Rainey (piano)

7 December 2020 Great Hall

Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo throughout New Zealand for many years now and have collaborated on various recording projects.

The Arts Centre Mākete

Market Square

At The Arts Centre Mākete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies, and more.


The Arts Centre Chamber Series Mini Festival

08 December - 09 December 2020 Great Hall

Join UC School of Music in collaboration with The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora for this mini-festival of Unexpected Musical Celebrations in the beautiful Great Hall!

Arts Centre Chamber Series - Garlands

Tuesday 8 December Great Hall

This concert is a celebration of new and New Zealand works featuring Mark Menzies - violin, Gabriela Glapska - piano, and David McGregor - clarinet, performing music by Witold Roman Lutosławski, Trist

Arts Centre Chamber Series - Baubles

Wednesday 9 December Great Hall

This concert features performers Mark Menzies - violin, Nathaniel Otley - violin, and Ihlara McIndoe - piano, perform compositions by them and others!

New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM