Matariki 2019 programme launched

22 May 2019

Pipiri/June and Hōngongoi/July at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is set to delight, entertain and set the mind a-ticking with our Matariki 2019 celebrations, which are much bigger and better than the inaugural year in 2018.

With more than 30 events – including a fundraising concert from our first Creative Resident since the earthquakes, critically acclaimed Kiwi musician Bic Runga – there’s something for everyone from 25 Pipiri to 7 Hōngongoi.

Highlights of Matariki 2019 at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora

Bic Runga Live in the Great Hall

Critically acclaimed Kiwi musician Bic Runga, the first resident in The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora’s newly restored Creative Residences, is performing a special concert to raise funds for the centre’s ongoing post-quake restoration.

The globally renowned musician is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most loved and treasured artists. Her many accolades include being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in 2006 and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as almost every musical honour in Aotearoa, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll song-writing award.

Tickets to this not-to-be-missed fundraiser concert are $100 to $125 each.

For an extra-special experience, tickets including entry into an exclusive post-concert Meet the Artist event with Bic, plus wine and canapés, are $225 (limited to 15 people). This special event is event is generously sponsored by Georges Road Wines.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 24 May 2019 at 10.00am.

NB: Bic is also leading a three-day songwriting workshop while in residency at The Arts Centre in July. More details are available here.

Date: Friday 5 July 2019
Time: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: The Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch.
Cost: Concert general admission $100, concert + Meet the Artist event $225. Tickets go on sale on Friday 24 May 2019 at 10.00am.

FUSH, chips, burgers and te reo Māori

A Kiwi classic – Friday night fish and chips for dinner with a side of te reo Māori!

FUSH, everyone’s favourite casual eatery in Wigram, serves up tasty Kiwi kai and te reo Māori (Māori language) lessons and the team will be doing just that in the stunning Great Hall.

The te reo Māori lesson is being held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Date: Rāmere 28 Pipiri/Friday 28 June 2019
Time: 5.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Cost: Adults $20, children $15. Tickets will be on sale soon, please check artscentre.org.nz/events.

Mākete kai: A Matariki food market

Join us for an evening of kai as we transform the Great Hall into a wharekai (dining hall).

Traditional kai, such as hāngī, will be available to buy alongside other Kiwi classics including fish and chips and pavlova, as well as some interesting local twists on international dishes.

Date: Rāhoroi 29 Pipiri/Saturday 29 June 2019
Time: 4.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: North Quad and Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Cost: FREE to enter.

Kapa haka showcase

Bring the whole whānau to enjoy this showcase of this ancient, and living, Māori performing artform.

Kapa haka means to form a kapa (line) and haka (dance).

Date: Rāhoroi 29 Pipiri/Saturday 29 June 2019
Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: Great Hall, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Cost: FREE

Resourceful skills workshops and tours

These workshops and tours – many of which are free – explore these elements through an introduction to resourcefulness, which is beneficial to the wellbeing of people and planet, and connects people to each other and place.

They include:

  • Tī kōuka leaf basket weaving
  • Doll making with tī kōuka leaves
  • Harakeke raranga (flax weaving)
  • Making beeswax wraps
  • Spoon carving

Dates: Rāpare 27 Pipiri/Thursday 27 June to Rātapu 7 Hōngongoi/Sunday 7 July 2019
Times: Various
Venues: Rekindle, level one, Boys’ High building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch; and Maker Workshop, School of Art building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 1 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Costs: Most are FREE, but some are $10 or $30.

See the rest of the programme.

For more information, please contact:
Jo Gilbert
Communications and engagement manager
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora
jo@artscentre.org.nz
027 609 7973
(03) 364 9725