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FESTA 2016


FESTA returns to central Christchurch Labour Weekend, 21-24 October 2016, with major event Lean Means held on Saturday 22 October 6-12pm (rain day: 23 October).

What is FESTA?

The Festival of Transitional Architecture is a biennial festival celebrating the unique post-earthquake environment of Christchurch. FESTA has nurtured a movement of experimental, pop-up, transitional projects and has involved thousands of Cantabrians as well as visitors.

Over Labour weekend, FESTA transforms the city through many types of events, reimagining what the city can be. Our major event, features large scale temporary structures designed and built by architecture studios from around New Zealand and Australia as well as markets, food trucks, hospitality, family activities and live performances. The rest of the FESTA programme spans the weekend featuring workshops, family events, film screenings, pop up parties, city tours and art installations just to name a few.

FESTA 2016

The theme for FESTA 2016 is ‘We Have the Means’. During FESTA, creative projects, activities and new events bring life to the central city and give people a chance to experience new urban ideas. Interest in FESTA has become international and we welcome many contributions from Australia as well as from The Netherlands.

The ‘means’ we celebrate will include both the people of Christchurch who want to reuse waste materials and the materials we are able to repurpose, divert from landfill, and create new interesting objects for Christchurch.
This year’s festival brings Jos de Krieger from The Netherland’s Superuse Studios http://superuse-studios.com/ . This Rotterdam based studio are leaders in repurposing materials. They have created a material catalogue system called Harvest Map which can be used in both Christchurch and FESTA projects. Join one of his workshops.

Lean Means

Our main event will appear for one night over Labour Weekend. Enjoy a spectacular temporary city made from reused ‘waste’ materials! 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!