FESTA - Festival of Transitional Architecture

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We facilitate our city-makers and citizens to imagine & experience Christchurch differently, deepening connections between people & the city

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Our Trust presents a unique, free, public event: the Festival of Transitional Architecture - FESTA - in Christchurch every Labour Weekend.

FESTA draws tens of thousands into the city centre for its a diverse programme bulging with creative urban renewal projects, events and community-based activities that celebrates and develops the local transitional culture and draws in national and international participants.

Our inaugural event in 2012 opened with LUXCITY, a city made from light for one night by 350 design and architecture students from across New Zealand. This event made history as it returned the largest number of people (30,000) into the city since the 2011 earthquakes.

We presented FESTA annually in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2015, FESTA became biennial. That same year, CTAT established Te Putahi – Christchurch centre for architecture and city-making - a year-round programme of architecture events and projects developed to grow people and places together. FESTA is now presented and produced by Te Putahi and remains the biggest event in the Te Putahi programme. We presented FESTA in this new cycle in 2016.

Heading into our fifth FESTA, we’re proud to have attracted over 1,200 student participants from 11 design/architecture schools around New Zealand and Australia, engaged over 150 volunteers, and welcomed over 65,000 attendees from across the local community and further afield.

Our fifth event will happen Labour Weekend 2018, from 19-22 October. Watch out for our headline event, FEASTA!, on 20 October!

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Our Trust presents a unique, free, public outdoor Festival - FESTA - in Christchurch biennially over Labour Weekend.

At FESTA people can experienced a reimagined Christchurch. FESTA draws tens of thousands into the city centre for its diverse programme overflowing with creative urban regeneration projects, events and community-based activities. We work with hundreds of architecture and design-students from New Zealand and Australia to create our major event.


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FESTA 2016 is coming this Labour Weekend!  7 September 2016

Christchurch's one and only FESTA is returning this Labour Weekend in its new biennial format. Experience a reimagined Christchurch with over 30 events and projects from 21-24 October, with many of them free!

The theme for this year’s festival is 'We Have the Means', which focuses on citizen-initiated urban regeneration and sustainability through the reuse of waste materials in design. Enjoy spectacular large-scale architectural installations, workshops, talks, pop-up projects, family events, foraging tours, live performance, artworks and more.

Our headline event, Lean Means, is set to attract thousands and is live for one night only on Saturday 22 October (rain date 23 October). Enjoy this spectacular temporary city made from reused ‘waste’ materials, where inner city spaces are transformed with imaginative installations.

Inspired by the pioneering practice of leading Dutch architects, Superuse Studios, the Lean Means installations are designed and fabricated by students from seven leading design and architecture schools from across Australasia. This temporary city will be full of art, events, music, markets, food trucks, cafes, bars, kids activities and more!

FESTA 2016 runs over Labour Weekend from 21-24 October. Additional events and full programme to be revealed!

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