Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival at The Arts Centre

11 - 27 October 2019 - Across The Arts Centre

The Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival features more than 80 heritage events for all ages across Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and Selwyn in October.

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is holding six of these events:

  • Ōtautahi on Film – Sit back in the magnificent Lumière Cinemas, the new arthouse cinema at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, and enjoy an hour of carefully curated heritage movie clips selected from the archives.
  • Viewpoint/Tirohanga: The Shoebox Collection – A free public exhibition of 23 stunning black and white architectural photographs from Christchurch in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • He Whare, He Taiao… Kia Matapopore..! – A discussion on why integrating Māori narratives and values into the shaping of our urban environments could help guide us towards a more respectful and meaningful way of living cohesively with our natural environment.
  • 142 Years of Unfolding History – Experience 142 years of The Arts Centre’s history unfold over 60 minutes! The talk will encompass a wonderful set of ancient photographs and anecdotes that illustrate the development of the central city historical site now known as The Arts Centre.
  • Architectural Encounters – Designing Colonial Canterbury 1850-1876 – In this lecture, Dr Ian Lochhead examines the challenges settler architects faced when designing buildings for Christchurch and Canterbury during the period from first settlement until the end of the provincial government era.
  • Family fun: Look, gather, make – Come and learn about The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora and turn our stories into something creative. Three creative activity stations will be set up across the site that will get the whole family excited about making art at The Arts Centre!

The University of Canterbury Arts in the City in the Chemistry building at The Arts Centre is also holding four events:

  • Forget Me Not Memorial Trail – A special scavenger hunt for families to enjoy! Collect the trail activity booklet from either venue listed below and go on a hunt around Christchurch’s arts precinct looking for memorials that celebrate the achievements of special New Zealanders (and a few ancient Romans for good measure!).
  • Marion Steven: An Academic Legacy – This talk will focus on Miss Marion Steven’s life and achievements. Miss Steven was the founder of the James Logie Memorial Collection at the University of Canterbury and dedicated her life to arts education.
  • Our People, Our History: The story of Professor Francis Haslam – This talk will explore the story of one of Canterbury College’s early professors and his contributions to college life. Francis Haslam was professor of classics at the college from 1887 to 1912. Throughout his time at Canterbury College he was an advocate for student social clubs and sports teams, student accommodation and military training.
  • Hugh Stewart’s Odyssey: A story of WWI and the Bridge of Remembrance – This talk is on Hugh Stewart, classics professor, New Zealand Army Officer, and RSA president. His story influences our memory of WWI, not least by making us think about the inscription on the Bridge of Remembrance: Quid non pro patria.

Dates: Sunday 13 to Sunday 27 October 2019

Times: Various

Venues: Across The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.