Thanks for a great 2015
What a phenomenal Festival it's been!
Thank you to everyone who helped bring warmth, light and energy
back to Christchurch - from our sponsors and funders to our staff,
volunteers, Friends and Patrons and audiences.
This year's festival was truly embraced by the whole city, with
The Press calling it "a rich and diverse cultural fondue" that
"genuinely offered something for everyone this year". The
broad programme of theatre, dance, music and more was also a hit
for audiences, with just over 40,000 people attending ticketed
events across the Festival.
We made a strong return to the central city - over 6,000 people
came to the festival hub at the Arts Centre as part of the opening
weekend. The following weekend saw the opening of Arboria in
Cathedral Square, with over 10,000 Cantabrians of all ages visiting
the luminarium over ten days. It was fantastic to see the Square
buzzing with activity once again.
Sold-out seasons included shows as diverse as the Modern Maori
Quartet, New York cabaret artist Lady Rizo, acclaimed marionette
master Ronnie Burkett and top fringe comedy show Kraken. We were
also thrilled with the success of the festival's two new
commissions - the Kate Sheppard punk-rock musical That Bloody Woman
and the powerful The White Guitar which told the story of
platinum-selling rapper Scribe and his family. I'm very proud that
both of these distinctly Christchurch stories are set to tour
nationally next year.
Whether you attended one or several events; thank you for
supporting the Christchurch Arts Festival!
Nga mihi nui,