Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022

Hear about key moments and milestones surrounding our heritage building restoration and connection with Pacific Underground.

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series

Enjoy renowned local, national and international artists performing in a beautiful heritage venue.

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Make the most of your visit to The Arts Centre by enjoying one on of our arts, culture, shopping and food-filled visitor itineraries.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.


Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

The Pacific Underground story at The Arts Centre

Friday 21 October The Gym

Formed as a theatre group in Ōtautahi in 1992, PU remains NZ's longest running Pacific performing arts group. The diversification of added events and music shows has been led by Tanya Muagututi’a and

Free


The Arts Centre Heritage Restoration – An Exhibition Designer’s Story

Thursday 13 October First floor, Boys’ High

Hear from an Arts Centre designer currently developing a new permanent exhibition about the heritage restoration of The Arts Centre.

Free


Guided tour of the Observatory Tower

Sunday 9, 16 and 23 October Observatory, Biology and Physics

Join a guided tour of the Observatory Tower and hear the stories of how it was used from 1896 to today.


Second Company presents Sit, Sit

Saturday 15 October 2022 Common Room

Sit, Sit is a one-hour show of everyday actions framed as music. We have curated an evening of performances by composers from around the world, plus a new piece made by us, Second Company.


Arts Centre Chamber Series: Green Doves and Dancing Stars

Sunday 9 October Great Hall

The first of The Arts Centre Chamber Series: Green Doves and Dancing Stars.


A Stonemason’s Story – working on the Observatory Tower

Saturday 8 October Observatory, Biology and Physics

Find out what it was like to be a stonemason, spending years deconstructing and then rebuilding the earthquake-ruined
Observatory Tower at The Arts Centre.

Free


Transforming Death Art Exhibition

11 - 16 October 2022 First floor, Boys’ High

This exhibition is the creative heart of Death Matters month where ten local artists have been invited to each create a short series of work based on their own relationship with death, loss or grief.

Free


Y-Art Exhibition

Tuesday 18 - Sunday 30 October 2022 First floor, Boys’ High

On display are beautiful original oil and watercolour paintings by two local Christchurch artists, Sandie Brown and Therese Boustead. All artworks are for sale and entry is free.

Free


Arts Centre Chamber Series: Ancient Voices

Sunday 13 November Great Hall

The second show in the Arts Centre Chamber Series is 'Ancient Voices'.


New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation Home

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM