Makeshift's Picture House, FESTA 2013. Photo: Ed Lust
Illuminate, Unitec Architecture Department, FESTA 2013. Photo: Guy Frederick
Highlight, Unitec Architecture Department, FESTA 2013. Photo: Guy Frederick
The Arcades Project launch, FESTA 2013. Photo: Jonny Knopp

FESTA 2013 introduction

Over the course of Labour Weekend events, performances and projects happened across the inner city, reintroducing life and urban activity to the centre. People filled the streets and the city’s new spaces to participate in the 2013 programme. Have a look at the city-within-a-city that existed between 25 – 28 October by checking out the FESTA MAP or download the PDF of the FESTA-Programme.

Canterbury Tales, the headline event, created a new way to experience both the city and the festival as its tales of Canterbury urbanism created a city-within-a-city, filled with lights, soundscapes, performances, installations, food and drink, and approximately 6000 members of the public.

The people of Christchurch were invited to get involved in FESTA’s temporary cityscape made up of films, markets, talks, an urban farm, workshops and lots of other projects and events.

  • Free Theatre‘s Canterbury TalesThis year’s main event was a magical carnival and procession through the city.
  • ProjectsHave a look at the creative and transitional projects that took part of FESTA 2013
  • Hands On: See the range of hands-on activities that ran as part of FESTA 2013
  • Talks, Tours and Events: Read about the range of talks and events that took place over FESTA 2013
  • Agropolis: Several workshops took place at this transitional urban farm in the city over the whole weekend. This is an ongoing project.


Our thanks and appreciation to all the collaborators, volunteers, sponsors and funders who worked hard and gave generously to make FESTA 2013 possible. Thank you to space brokers Life in Vacant Spaces, and to Free Theatre Christchurch for their dedicated work on Canterbury Tales.

FESTA thanks and gratefully acknowledges the core funding it has received from the Todd Foundation, the Christchurch City Council and The Canterbury Community Trust towards its 2013 event. We are delighted to receive on-going accounting support from Kendons and legal advice from Duncan Cotterill.