Lyttelton Arts Festival 2022 Collection of What's On

Lyttelton Arts Festival

Welcome to the first year of the Lyttelton Arts Festival!

We've created a weekend of workshops, theatre, bands, and performance arts to celebrate and promote the vibrant and varied artistic community of Te Whakaraupō, Lyttelton, and its venues.  Our aim is to make our events affordable so that everyone has the opportunity to get along to whatever you're into.  Come along and check out something new!

What's in this year's Festival?

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Music your thing?  We've got you covered..
Anthea de Milo, Anita Clark & Luke Buda, & Hollie Smith - what a choice!

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Get hands on and learn a new skill!  Get crafty with Weaving or Carving, or blow off some steam learning circus or dance!

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Bars & Cafes

Make a day or night of it, and stop in for a bite or a drink.

While you're in town ..
click on the venue for more info

About the SHOWS - listed in chronological order

Friday 8th July, 5:30pm. DANCE SHOW

The Next Case Please - Fleur de Thier

Fleur de Thier presents .. The Next Case Please
Professional dancers Julia McKerrow and Aleasha Seaward perform with Rebound Dance Co in this quirky film and live dance fusion.

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'.

Hollie Smith
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

Come and have fun in this circus arts workshop with Danny Lee Syme from Cirko Kali.
Exploring floor acrobatics, object manipulation, aerial, clown, mime, stretching and flexibility.
All Ages
At Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Winchester St, Lyttelton.
Saturday 9th July, 11:15am. Busking Show at Albion Square.

Sport Suzie Busking Show (at Albion Square)

Sport Suzie is New Zealand's Crazy Aerobics, Sport and Circus fanatic.
Get out your old retro Adidas shorts, Lycra tights, and sweat bands and join Suzie as she fills the streets with her comedy workout show.
FREE (weather dependent).
Saturday 9th July, 12:00pm. Hula Hooping Workshop at Albion Square.

Toni Smith Hooping Extravaganza (at Albion Square)

Get your hoop on! Whether you are young or old, big or small, Toni Smith will inspire you to get hula hooping and loving it, through her engaging performance and hands-on teaching. Hoops provided.
Toni Smith is an expert international circus hula hooper and physical comedian from New Zealand with over 17 years experience in Circus Arts.
FREE (weather dependent).
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Buda play Buda
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

Dead Video and ‘Heisenburger’ present this family favourite, Shrek.
With lounges available for those who come early, or bring your own beanbag. You’ll feel right at home for this cinema experience. Dress-up as your favourite fairytale character, or just wear your onesie!
Family Fun
Sunday 10th July, 3:00pm. Poetry Discussion

Eight Great Poems: with Joe Bennett

Joe introduces eight of his favourite poems, from Shakespeare to Larkin, purely for the pleasure.

Joe Bennett is an award-winning Lyttelton-based writer, columnist and playwright.

Palaver with Gary McCormick
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. 

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Sunday 10th July, 8:00pm. THEATRE/POETRY

Ma Te Wa : A moment in Time

Tom Trevella, Popi Newbery & Ben Brown feature in this original show.

Hinemauri, Tom and Tāne TK have never met. They each receive a mysterious invitation that promises the WORLD in a way they find impossible to refuse.

Sunday 10th July, from 8:00pm. DJ Festival wrap party

SUPER Wrap Party at Super Restaurant

Come and celebrate the wrap-up to the inaugural Lyttelton Arts Festival at SUPER Restaurant with live DJ's, great food and creative people.
DJ's E.T, Alley, BBFIII, TANSY, and Chamber will be bringing you some live mixing to get your body and soul moving.
Pop down after 'Ma Te Wa', or come in early for some of Lyttelton's most delicious Japanese/fusion kai. Check out their mouth watering menu via:
8 till LATE
No door charge
Hope to see you there
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