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FESTA 2014: The future will be live

Join us to give Christchurch a spectacular night out on 25 October with a unique, large-scale event called CityUps and make Christchurch feel like a city again – buzzing with animation, excitement and street life. Help us to build CityUps by making a pledge and spreading the word!

The first and only festival of its kind in the world, the annual Festival of Transitional Architecture is a free, public event that celebrates collective and creative city-making. Each Labour Weekend, FESTA brings the people of Christchurch back into the city centre with a diverse, engaging programme of creative urban renewal and a major large-scale ‘live architecture’ event.

Make sure you are in Christchurch this Labour Weekend (24-27 October) for FESTA 2014: The future will be live.

Over the course of Labour Weekend, alternative futures are explored through a myriad of projects, activities and events that take place throughout the central city, which return life and energy to Christchurch’s heart. We don’t need to wait for the future – futures can be present now and are live.

From transitional ‘vacant-space’ projects and a pop-up zero impact restaurant, through to an immersive installation where plants have overrun Christchurch, a diverse range of potential futures are open to the public of all ages to experience and be part of.

CityUps – the city of the future

This year’s headline event is CityUps – the city of the future, imagined and created by the next generation of architects. 265 New Zealand architecture and fine arts students take over two blocks in the central city to create their version of a future Christchurch, led by Studio Christchurch. This elevated future city will involve 10 metre high frames that support spectacular installations. Beneath these outrageous designs are buzzing city spaces where pop-up cafes, performance spaces, bars and markets operate.

This future vision is not limited to the physical world, but in true futuristic form is expanded upon with an immersive digital world for the public to experience. A special digital app, CityUps+ on a platform developed by HIT Lab NZ, will allow the public to view a virtual future Christchurch created by architects from across the globe.

CityUps+ competition

To build this digital world, Studio Christchurch is calling for submissions to its augmented reality competition, CityUps+. Up to 100 designs will be used in creating this digital city-scape. The three best submissions will be awarded an ‘avatar for a night’, and through their avatar’s viewing platform, the winners will be able to participate in CityUps with the people of Christchurch, no matter where they are in the world. Read more about the competition here.

CityUps will be live for one night only on the 25th of October.

Come into the city for FESTA 2014: The future will be live and help to give Christchurch a dense, exciting street life. Be part of the creative possibilities of this large-scale transitional festival and help us to make this the city we want to live in.