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FESTA is a vibrant weekend celebration of urban creativity. Be in Christchurch this Labour Weekend (21-24 October) to experience a reimagined city. The theme for this year’s festival is We Have the Means, which focuses on sustainability through the reuse of waste materials in design and citizen-initiated urban regeneration. Enjoy spectacular large-scale architectural installations, workshops, talks, pop-up projects, family events, foraging tours, live performance, artworks and more. Our headline event, Lean Means, is set to attract thousands and is live for one night only on Saturday 22 October (rain date 23 October).


Headline event: Lean Means

Headline event: Lean Means

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Our main event is live for one night only: Saturday 22 October (rain date 23 October). Enjoy a spectacular temporary city made from reused ‘waste’ materials, where inner city spaces are transformed with immense installations.

Inspired by the pioneering practice of leading Dutch architects, Superuse Studios, the Lean Means installations will be designed and fabricated by students from eight leading design and architecture schools from across Australasia. This temporary city will be full of art, events, music, markets, food trucks, pop-up diners, bars, kids activities and more!

FESTA 2016: We Have the Means

FESTA 2016: We Have the Means

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The theme for FESTA 2016 is ‘We Have the Means’. The ‘means’ we are celebrating includes both the people of Christchurch, who care about the the city’s development and flourishing, and the materials that we are able to repurpose and divert from landfill, which are then used to create functioning, beautiful and interesting objects for Christchurch.

The creative director of this year’s festival is Jos de Krieger from the Rotterdam based Superuse Studios, a leader in repurposing materials through design. Superuse has created a material catalogue system called Harvest Map, which is available for use in both Christchurch and FESTA projects.


The 2016 programme

The 2016 programme

The FESTA programme spans the weekend and includes workshops, family events, film screenings, pop-up parties, city and foraging tours, and art installations – all exploring the theme We Have the Means. These creative projects, activities and events bring life to the central city and give people a chance to experience how the city could be different. Keep your eyes open for the programme release at the end of September.
What is FESTA?

What is FESTA?

The Festival of Transitional Architecture is a biennial festival celebrating the unique post-earthquake environment of Christchurch and the creative urban regeneration that has emerged from it. FESTA brings together the movement of experimental, pop-up and innovative projects in a four day festival involving thousands of Cantabrians as well as visitors.

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