Botanic D’Lights coming to Arts Centre

8 to 12 August - North & South quads

Botanic D’Lights will blaze a dazzling new trail that includes the Arts Centre for the first time this year when the interactive lighting experience returns in August.

This year it will extend to the Arts Centre’s North and South quadrangles – the first time the biennial event has reached beyond the grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to activate the Arts Centre mid-winter, and bring large-scale public awareness to the site,” says Arts Centre Acting Chief Executive Jane Parfitt.

If you’re a light installation artist and want to be part of the event, submit an expression of interest by 20 April.


“The Public Art Submissions allows artists and creative technicians to pitch ideas for the event. All ideas, big and small, will be considered, so if you have an idea or want to be involved, please get in touch,’’ says Events Co-ordinator Sheena Baines-Alhawamdeh.

With the theme of ‘escape your reality’, Botanic D’Lights is organised by Christchurch City Council and showcases the talents of New Zealand’s leading lighting artists, designers and creatives.

Council Arts and Events Manager Karena Finnie says extending it to the Arts Centre will add an extra dimension to the experience, shining a light on the after-dark magic of two very different environments.

Entry is free, however people will be encouraged to provide a gold coin donation to the Nurse Maude Hospice.

When Botanic D’Lights was last held, more than 70,000 people visited the spectacular lighting displays in the Botanic Gardens.


House of Travel is naming rights sponsor for this year’s event, which will feature about 47 different lighting and project-based installations by a variety of artists, including students from the ARA Institute of Canterbury.

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Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 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.