After a fantastic cold winter with lots of snow for skiers & snowboarders Spring is here with daffodils, blossom & little lambs arriving.
The Christchurch Arts Festival has just finished up and I was delighted to take the family to Arboria - an amazing balloon-like structure constructed by Architects of Air. As sunlight streams through the fabric it produces a plethora of amazing vivid colours....the smooth texture & curves are simply superb too!
But what's coming up in our wonderful city of Christchurch you ask?
Dux Central (Opened 16th Sept) - Poplar Lane
The return of the iconic Dux de Lux restaurant (Pescatorean) with 3 bars: craft beer, cocktail & wine bars has returned to the central city
Canterbury Software Summit (Thursday 1st October) - Wigram Airforce Museum
Fast becoming the best IT conference in New Zealand with inspirational speakers from across the globe presenting bleeding-edge innovative ideas from the software & technology industries
Maroon 5 (Thursday 1st October) - Horncastle Arena
LA band Maroon 5 stop-in to play their upbeat pop tunes in Christchurch as our city starts to get some better momentum with more happening at night again
TedX Christchurch (Saturday 3rd October) - Isaac Theatre Royal
The legendary TedX conference will challenge your thinking with experts from all different fields presenting inspiring ideas that rebel the norm
Chris Cornell - of Soundgarden (20th & 21st November) - Isaac Theatre Royal
Legendary rock god Chris Cornell takes the stage at the beautifully restored Isaac Theatre Royal playing his acoustic set with a 2nd date already added
Mirror Magic (12th September to 8th November) - Canterbury Museum
Come and be dazzled by this reflective, interactive exhibition for families of all ages
Cup & Show Week (7th to 14th November) - Canterbury Agricultural Park
The glamour event of the year in Christchurch & the highlight of the social calendar - sharpen those stilettos and dust off that suit
The Show - Canterbury A&P Show (11th to 13th November) - Addington Show Ground
Since 1862 Country has been coming into Town to 'Show' off their livestock. Now events rage from dog trials to wood-chopping competitions, with exhibits of ostrich and llama, wine & cheese, Tractors (farm machinery), live music ('The Feelers' this year) and hospitality. A long-standing favourite of mine!
South Island Beer Festival (21st November) - Ilam Homestead
Craft beer aficionados can take in the serenity of the Ilam Gardens while quaffing a whole raft of interesting brews from across the South Island based at the beautifully restored Ilam Homestead on University grounds (family friendly)
Swan Lake (28th & 29th November) Isaac Theatre Royal
The Theatre Royal has hosted some outstanding shows this year including 'Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Spamalot’; they now bring this classical masterpiece presented by the Russian Imperial Ballet
The South Island Wine & Food Festival (5th December) Hagley Park
43 wineries from each of the South Island's wine regions, alongside a delicious selection of gourmet and artisan food makes a great day out in our beautiful central city park!
Shapeshifter / Ladi 6 / Kora / AhoriBuzz / Sunshine Sound System (12th December) Hagley Park
Shapeshifter are coming home to play a one off special show in Hagley Park! They will be joined by the funk/rock masters Kora, and Christchurch legends Ladi 6 and AhoriBuzz, plus Sunshine Sound System.
So get out & about and enjoy our great city of Christchurch!
Paul is founder of IT Recruitment company www.sunstonetalent.com and loves getting people awesome IT jobs in his hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand!
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