Arts festival laughs in the face of adversity

coverChristchurch, gird your loins, pull up your bootstraps and pop a clean hankie in your pocket. Yes, the Christchurch Arts Festival, hard out laughing in the face of adversity, is back, and at the programme launch soirée last night, a varied and exciting array of artsy acts waiting to razzle-dazzle us was revealed.

Spread over eight weekends (12 August- 2 October) with 57 diverse events, The festival is utilising previously unplundered venues including the Rudolph Steiner School Hall, Aranui High School’s theatre and most bizarrely/excitingly of all Ginger Meggs Hair Design studio. Thanks to generous sponsorship ticket prices have been kept an incredibly low $5-$20 per ticket per event leaving us with no excuse to not to feast at the fest.

And what can you expect to enjoy? Theatre, dance, music, food, ideas, a programme for schools and the visual arts: Highlights include actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Rita Angus, the cast of the Simpsons in MacHomer, singer/songwriter Liam Finn, band Electric Wire Hustle Family, singer/songwriter Don McGlashan, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, chef Richard Till, writer Tess Gerritsen, Baby-O an opera for babies, The Press Festival of Ideas looking at Christchurch past, present and future … the list, as they say, is endless.

Tickets are available from Monday on the Christchurch Arts Festival website and Dash Tickets. Get in fast, as demand in culture-starved Christchurch is expected to be high.