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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.

Fantastic Feasts

06 April 2019 - 30 August 2020 Chemistry

Explore food in the ancient world, examining what ancient Greeks and Romans ate, food-divinity connections, and their feasting traditions.


Creative Residencies

Applications close 31 March 2020 Second floor, West Lecture

This residency programme supports creative professionals practicing in any creative media to work on a project for up to three months at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday Market Square

At The Arts Centre Mākete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies, and more.


Resourceful skills workshops

Throughout the year Boys’ High

Social enterprise Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness, or making what we need from what we have around us, through a variety of workshops.

Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020

Specific Mondays Great Hall

March and April concerts have been cancelled. Concerts from May onward are still happening at this stage.

Michael Lawrence (piano)

8 June 2020 Great Hall

We are thrilled to have Michael return to the Great Hall stage where he will be performing favourite works by Beethoven, Chopin and Bartók.

Chamber Music Showcase

15 June 2020 Great Hall

As part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020, this performance showcases some of the talented musicians from local secondary schools.

Movers - James Cain and Red Scare Theatre Company

28 June 2020 Great Hall

Aspiring comedian Tai starts work at a moving company and finds the perfect material in his salt-of-the-earth co-workers. When Tai’s impersonation of co-worker Bruce impresses audiences, he must decid

Yulia (vocals and guitar)

29 June 2020 Great Hall

It is wonderful to welcome internationally acclaimed vocalist Yulia to the Great Hall stage as part of the Great Hall Lunchtime Concert Series 2020.

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

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

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