There is a bright constellation of events on throughout Ōtautahi-Christchurch this Matariki.
Matariki is a star cluster that rises in midwinter, signalling the start of the Māori New Year.
Matariki is a time for whānau and friends to come together to reflect on the past year, remember those who have passed away, and prepare for the seasons ahead.
From dazzling artworks to family story times, there’s plenty on around the city throughout the Matariki period. Some are highlighted below.
The second annual Tīrama Mai lighting festival starts Friday 24th June and runs until Sunday 3rd July 2022. The free event features a series of illuminated artworks, dazzling light displays and live performances set up around the central city.
Come along to the free Whānau Day at Tūranga on Saturday 18th June from 10am to 2.30pm. Learn about Matariki and take part of a range of fun, educational activities.
Check out the schedule of Matariki activities and events happening at a Christchurch City library near you. There’s something for everyone - from colouring sheets, to story times with Matariki kōrero (stories) and waiata (songs) – and it’s all free.
There are also a range of activities on offer at Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre from 7th June to 6th July. Matariki celebrations include a Kapa Haka Showcase, The Lion King Reo Māori movie, and much more.
Matariki in the Zone is back this year. Visit Avebury House and the Richmond Community Garden, to trace the path of the Matariki star cluster in the red zone. As night falls the ‘star stations’ will light up creating a star path you can follow after sundown. This event is free to attend and is running nightly from Monday 20th to Thursday 30th June 2022.
The Matariki Glow Show is happening at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Friday 8th July 2022. Two exciting, all-new, giant-scale puppet shows for tamariki, educators and whānau. This is an upbeat show that ‘edu-tains’ and engages the audience for over 50 minutes with patai (questions and answers) afterwards.
Book now on for the Matariki Glow Show (Ticketek).
Inclusive dance company Jolt will be joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra on stage in a performance of
Max Richter’s The Seasons, a reimagination of Vivaldi’s masterpiece.
This is the first time that the orchestra has collaborated with Jolt in a performance within the CSO main stage
concert season. “We have, for many years, partnered with Jolt through our Community Engagement
Programme and have been exploring opportunities in which we can bring this altogether through one of our
concert offerings,” said CSO Chief Executive Gretchen La Roche. “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is instantly
recognisable to a lot of people and Max Richter’s exquisite interpretation, combined with the creativity and
energy of Jolt’s dancers, just adds another layer and allows audiences to experience something they already
know in a completely new way.”
Performing as both soloist and director is CSO Concertmaster Martin Riseley and 26 dancers from Jolt will be
interpreting the music through movement live on stage.
“When I first listened to The Seasons, I was struck by the storytelling and joy in the music,” said Jolt founder
and Artistic Director Lyn Cotton. “It’s incredibly rich and evocative, creating both a sensory landscape and a
journey that is very human. The opportunity to work with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra – to respond
to this landscape through dance – is incredibly exciting.”
The Seasons will have three performances in the James Hay Theatre, June 25-26. Tickets are available from
Friday 25 June, 6.30pm
Saturday 26 June, 2pm (relaxed performance) and 6.30pm
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