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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 citizen-initiated urban regeneration and sustainability through the reuse of waste materials in design. 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).


Help FESTA to put on Christchurch’s biggest street party, Lean Means!

FESTA is asking the public to help transform Christchurch with its biggest street party, Lean Means! A bold, reimagined Christchurch, packed with imaginative installations, music, markets, food, bars and more is live for one night only on Saturday 22 October. Help FESTA to create this spectacular temporary city for Christchurch, which creatively explores the sustainable ways we could regenerate our city, by making a pledge for Lean Means. Join in a collective celebration of lights, colours and buzz, involving thousands of Cantabrians as well as visitors. Watch the fantastic video to find out more!


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 and visitors to the city, 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 urban 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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