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An outstanding events season for Ōtautahi Christchurch

12 August 2019

Christchurch continues to assert itself as a premier destination for events in the South Island. From international cricket fixtures to high-profile conferences, festivals to one-off gigs, Ōtautahi is the obvious yet understated first choice for gatherings.

The ChristchurchNZ Major Events team, ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau, Christchurch City Council, and Vbase, have helped secure a wide range of events for the city in the coming season.
The Christchurch Arts Festival kicks off on 26 July.

ChristchurchNZ is excited to be a partner for this landmark event that regularly draws large crowds and world-class talent to our stages. It is an important event on the city’s cultural calendar, and goes from strength to strength every year.

The Tourism Export Council NZ (TECNZ) conference is coming to Christchurch in mid-August, bringing together important players from the tourism market to network and showcase our new city. It is events like these that shift mainstream perceptions of Christchurch as a visitor destination.

The city will host a raft of international cricket fixtures over the summer season, with the Black Caps facing England in a T20 on 1 November 2019, India in a test match on 29 February 2020, and Australia in a T20 on 29 March 2020. All matches will be held at Hagley Oval . Christchurch will also host the India A team through January and February 2020 for two One-Day international matches, and a four-day Test Match.

These nations represent Christchurch’s core markets for business and tourism, and the broadcast of these matches presents an opportunity for local business and government to showcase the city to these key markets. These fixtures will drive indirect economic benefits for Canterbury, as well as a direct boost through visitor spending and visitor nights.

In other sporting news, Christchurch will host two matches during the Great Britain Rugby League Lions 2019 tour, and the Oceania Cup. On 9 November, Orangetheory Stadium will host a double-header, featuring Great Britain and the Kiwis, and Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

The city will also host the Silver Ferns and the Australian Diamonds on 13 October, as part of netball’s Constellation Cup. This will be the first clash between these proud rivals post-World Cup, which is taking place in Liverpool in July 2019.

Master cellist and musical prodigy Yo-Yo Ma will make his New Zealand debut in Christchurch on 12 November. It is his only New Zealand performance. As a performer, and a humanitarian, Yo-Yo Ma believes in music’s power to instil trust and understanding, and his performance will be a significant milestone for Christchurch Town Hall, which reopened to the public in February 2019.

Elite athletes will once again clamber across our South Island in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, set to be held on 7-8 Febraury 2020. Christchurch relishes this annual chance to celebrate physical endurance and determination, and our privilege to have some of the best terrain for multi-sport in the world. It’s a no-brainer for ChristchurchNZ to be a major sponsor of this epic event.

Bread and Circus returns to the central city in January and February 2020, further adding to our cultural heart. The festival takes over streets and stages across the city, and the 2019 event helped to shift perceptions of the central city for residents and visitors alike. Expect bold performances and big laughs from this annual festival.