Festival Opening Event

Band of Magicians

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Christchurch Arts Festival
NZ / Scotland

Come and celebrate the opening of the 2015 Christchurch Arts Festival as Worcester Boulevard is transformed into a visual feast of fire, warmth and light with two outdoor performance pieces and the revealing of Ngāi Tahu artist Priscilla Cowie's sculpture Rama Tuna.

The Opening Event will be an interactive journey created by the communities of Christchurch, where visual storytelling weaves tales of attraction and allure for the audience's delight - transforming, bold and beautiful... it will be a journey of magnets, gravity, love and eels. This promenade production along Worcester Boulevard is a celebration of all those things that cajole, charm and lure us.

Concept by Dougie Irvine (Visible Fictions, Glasgow)

Watch a Live Stream of the Opening Event HERE

Wet weather alternative: Saturday 6pm

Opening Event Traffic/Parking

Please be advised that the Opeing Event will effect traffic in the area on 28 August.

Worcester Boulevard between Rolleston Avenue and Montreal Street will be closed to traffic from 2pm-10pm, as well as a section of Rolleston Avenue from Hereford Street to Gloucester Street from 5pm-8pm. Detour signage will be in place.

Audiences attending the Opening Event and/or performances at the TVNZ Festival Club and Fletcher Construction Festival Studio on 28 August are advised to allow additional time for travel and parking. If you have any questions, please contact admin@artsfestival.co.nz

Eel Mother

Created and directed by Alex Rigg (Oceanallover, Scotland) and Adam Hayward (The Body Festival), Eel Mother uses elaborate costumes, live music and physical theatre.

And don't be surprised to see Eel Mother in unexpected pop-up performances in various locations around the city in the week leading up to the opening event as it makes its progress towards the central city.


  • FRI 28 AUG, 6.00PM


  • Worcester Boulevard



Formal event starts at 6pm


Eel Mother: times vary; Opening Event: 60 mins

Worcester Boulevard

Running from the Museum up towards the Square

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