Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park – Saturday 27 November

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has become one of the highlights of the Christchurch year. A time to gather family together and head to Hagley Park for an evening of Christmas songs, dance and performance. This high energy show will get even the most staunch blokes toe tapping and yodelling along to ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’.

This year the concert is particularly exciting for our family. My eldest daughter is performing as part of the Christmas Crew. This group of 14 Christchurch children is selected to dance and sing along with Si and Gary and company. They’ve been rehearsing hard and it’s all coming together brilliantly.  See you at the Park on Saturday. It’s going to be a great evening!

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 2010 fact sheet

  •  The first Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park concert was held in Auckland in 1994 and there have been 34 concerts since  (16 in Auckland, 4 in Wellington, 14 in Christchurch)  
  • This year’s Christchurch will be the 35th performance  
  • Over 500 talented performers audition in Christchurch and Auckland each year and the event provides a once-in-a-lifetime performing opportunity for this year’s most exciting new talent. 
  • Over 300 of this year’s most talented singers, dancers, musicians, television and radio personalities will take part in the concerts 
  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park takes almost a whole year to produce – as soon as this year’s concert is over, the organisers will get started on next year’s event. 
  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park features one of New Zealand’s biggest Christmas trees on display.  It is 22 metres high, complete with jumbo-sized decorations, and requires a very large crane to put it together. 
  • The Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park stage is now twice as big as the original stage and is flanked by two giant super screens which offer concert-goers a 180 degree view of the show. 
  • The new stage and set takes more than seven days to assemble – the crew works through the night to dismantle it after the Christchurch concert; and within 8 hours it’s on its way to Auckland. 
  • Over 125 people are involved in the production Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park – from sound and lighting to stage construction and management plus over 300 more who get involved on the day including police, road marshals, parking attendants, first aid workers and security guards. 
  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has raised over $2,000,000 for youth charities. This year our charity partner is Surf Life Saving who will recruit nearly 200 volunteers to help out at the concerts by selling light sticks, Santa hats, chocolate bars and collecting donations.

Go to our page on Christmas in Christchurch and Canterbury for more local Christmas stuff.

Where library and art meet…

Upper Riccarton Library continues to be a hub for art lovers…

Following on from the successful exhibition held in October by local Korean painting group Chichi Geureemteo, the library is now privileged to be hosting two more art exhibitions.

The white wall nearest to Main South Road features a  3- Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition by Rev. Canon Gon Loong, QSM. This is a fascinating collection of works blending Chinese and Western sensibilities with the aim to educate the viewer.  The 3-dimensional aspect has nothing to do with the current cinematographical 3-D craze – the 3 dimensions refer to art, wisdom and eternity, to inspire, in the artist’s words, a “deeper understanding of the living wisdom of a harmonious world”.

12TU Art Works In the Young Adult area visitors can admire instead the fantastic works of students  from 12TU and 12WR,  the Special Needs classes at Riccarton High School.  Their pieces include amazing paintings and sculptures, some of which have also been exhibited in the COCA gallery as part of the IHC/Telecom Regional Art competition. The senior class, 12WR, focused first on a sea theme, and then on masks; whereas the junior class, 12TU, used mixed-media and recycled materials to make mobiles, sunflowers and placemats, as well Jackson Pollock-inspired pieces.

In addition to these exhibitions, works by Riccarton High School Year 10 Art students are scattered throughout the library. Year 10 Art Pieces

The 3-Dimensional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition finishes on Sunday 28th November,  while the exhibition by 12TU and 12WR continues to the end of the school year – so why not take a break from the Christmas shopping, and  come visit?

In the interim, here’s a taster from the Pulse Te Auaha Flickr photostream. My personal favourite are the iridescent seahorses – what about yours?

Pioneers at Akaroa- Image of the Week

Image of the Week has taken a break with all of the earthquake madness and other such adventures. But we’re back highlighting more great images from our collection.

Pioneers at Akaroa

“Pioneers at Akaroa” 1886. Photograph by A. E. Preece, 1863-1946.

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Also contact us if you have any further information on any of the images. Want to see more? You can browse our collection.