What's in this year's Festival?
We've something for everyone this Festival!
Theatre shows, Variety shows, Family & Kids shows & Movies!
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Take in a dance show, learn some moves yourself, or just blow off some steam in the evening!
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On the STREET
What's in and around the streets of Lyttelton this weekend.
Music your thing? We've got you covered..
Anthea de Milo, Anita Clark & Luke Buda, & Hollie Smith - what a choice!
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- Anthea de Milo - 'the Preacher's Daughter' Album Sneak Peak (@ LAF).
- Anita Clark & Luke Buda (@ Lyttelton Coffee Co)
- Hollie Smith - Coming in from the Dark Tour (@ The Loons)
- Festival After Party at Super, 5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton.
Get hands on and learn a new skill! Get crafty with Weaving or Carving, or blow off some steam learning circus or dance!
Bars & Cafes
Make a day or night of it, and stop in for a bite or a drink.
While you're in town ..
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About the SHOWS - listed in chronological order
Friday 8th July, 8:30pm. LIVE MUSIC
Anthea de Milo Album 'Sneak Peak' show
Anthea de Milo, formerly of country band Runaround Sue and doom metal band Saint Satori has gone back to her soul roots.
With her full band of angels on acid Adam Hattaway, Elmore Jones, Micheal Kime and AJ park they will raise the roof for another spell binding night.
Anthea calling in the metaphysical magic with the power of her voice. This is a night not be missed, so catch this soul train while you can! Anthea performs songs from her upcoming album 'the Preacher's Daughter'.
Friday 8th July, 8:30pm. LIVE MUSIC @ The Loons
Hollie Smith Coming in from the Dark Tour (at The Loons venue)
After almost a year of trying to get this show on the road due to massive COVID hurdles we are finally touring Hollies number one album Coming in From The Dark LIVE!
We cannot wait for you to see the show.
Saturday 9th July, 11:00am. Adult WORKSHOP
Movement Workshop with Fleur de Thier
Well known NZ choreographer Fleur de Thier will guide a fun and inspiring exploration of movement for adults.
No previous experience needed.
Be part of a fun warmup, learn some material, and be creative as you experiment with ideas. 75 mins $10
Saturday 9th July, 11:00am. Circus Arts WORKSHOP at Lyttelton Rec Centre.
Circus Arts Workshop with Danny Lee Syme
Saturday 9th July, 11:15am. Busking Show at Albion Square.
Sport Suzie Busking Show (at Albion Square)
Saturday 9th July, 12:00pm. Hula Hooping Workshop at Albion Square.
Toni Smith Hooping Extravaganza (at Albion Square)
Saturday 9th July, 1:00pm. CHILD/FAMILY SHOW
Mr Fungus - NZ's loudest mime!
World famous in Wellington, the iconic MR FUNGUS presents his upbeat physical comedy show, sure to delight kids aged 4 to 94... Many people will recognize MR FUNGUS, having seen him at schools, orientation gigs and any number of festivals and events around NZ over the past three decades. Some will recall his anarchic street performances at the Christchurch Arts Centre in the 1990s and 2000s, where he brought the European art of mimicry to a high level.
MR FUNGUS is the brainchild of Wellington actor and comedian Fergus Aitken.
Saturday 9th July, 1:00pm. Art Carving WORKSHOP @ Whakaraupo Carving Centre
Introduction to the Customary Practices and Toi Principles of Whakairo
In this free workshop Kaiako/Tutor Damian Mackies presentation will provide korero about the customary practices used by carvers and the Toi Principles used in the creation of whakairo.
Workshop held at Whakaraupo Carving Centre, 30 Godley Quay, Lyttelton.
Free, but bookings essential (limited numbers).
Saturday 9th July, 2:00pm. Puppetry WORKSHOP @ Lytt Primary School
Puppetry WORKSHOP - Try your Hand, with Juliet Neill
Puppetry and mask are as ancient as storytelling, and have been used in most cultures as mediums for storytelling, allegory, and representing myths and gods.
This 90 minute workshop led by puppeteer Juliet Neill will explain simple mask and hand puppet making. Juliet will bring along her collection which she has created and performed with over the years for people to learn to manipulate them, find characters and perform a simple show.
Saturday 9th July, 3:00pm. CHILD/FAMILY SHOW
Superhero Circus - Rollicking Entertainment
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Super Duper Girl and The Ladderman, here to save the day with stupendous stunts, amazing escapes and arbitrary alliteration!
Rollicking Entertainment Ltd, founded by David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache present this family show packed with superhero themed circus and magic for all ages.
Saturday 9th July, 8:00pm. COMEDY/VARIETY
LAF Variety Show
Lyttelton Arts Festival's inaugural Variety Show will see an awesome array of talent share the stage with funny guy and MC Shay Horay.
Fergus Aitken, Louise Kerr, Toni Smith, Miss Candy Applebottom, Lizzie Tollemache, David Ladderman & Danny Lee Syme will each bring their own unique skills to keep you on the edge of your seat through the two hour show.
Saturday 9th July, 8:30pm. LIVE MUSIC @ Lyttelton Coffee Co
Buda (with Anita Clark) plays Buda (at Lyttelton Coffee Co)
“Since the release of his 2022 Taite Music Prize nominated album “Buda” in October last year, Luke Buda (Te Whanganui-a-Tara) has been desperate to play some sweet local music for the local crew down at the local bar!
Luke Buda and Ōtautahi Violinist Anita Clark (Motte) head out on an intimate 4 date tour to play the songs from “Buda”, as well as some old The Phoenix Foundation favourites and… if the mood is right: a Roxette cover.
Sunday 10th July, 11:00am. FAMILY Movie.
Family Movie - SHREK - thanks to Dead Video
Sunday 10th July, 6:00pm. TALKSHOW/COMEDY
Palaver. with Gary McCormick
PALAVER /pe ‘la:ve/
VERB to talk unproductively and at length.
NOUN a show where Christchurch legend Shay Horay interviews international entertainment legends.
Our special guest at Palaver is one of the pioneers of New Zealand entertainment. A poet, television & radio host, story teller, activist and funny man that pulls no punches. Gary McCormick has been household name for 40 years. Grab a ticket and join us talking about the adventures Gary has had over the years and the amazing colleagues he has had the pleasure of working with. This will be another unforgettable night at LAF.
Sunday 10th July, from 8:00pm. DJ Festival wrap party
SUPER Wrap Party at Super Restaurant
No door charge
Hope to see you there