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,

Craig Cooper
Festival Director