Following on from the success of LUXCITY, this year’s main event for FESTA 2013 is the carnivalesque Canterbury Tales, conceived and led by Free Theatre Christchurch. This extravaganza of light, colour and interactivity will delight, stimulate and offer reflection as we explore the past, present and future of Christchurch. At 8.30pm the procession of large puppets and masked performers will assemble near the Bridge of Remembrance and follow a specific path through the central city at night: along the river to Worcester Bridge before ending at the heart of the city in Cathedral Square. Spectators can join the procession at any point as it moves through different sites that come alive with diverse performances, soundscapes, lights, hospitality, interactive architecture and installations. This unique experience is the major event for this year’s festival, creating a city-within-a-city based around different Canterbury tales - expect to see the city like you’ve never seen it before! Dress up, wear a mask and come join the carnival of Canterbury Tales.
We love theatre, music, cultural events, art –
"The event and its creators achieve the miracle of wonder"
...the interaction between the puppets and the audience was the magical stuff"
You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped right into a children's storybook"
Galleries (clink on the images below)
Views and Reviews
Clare Chapman, Architecture Now, January 2014
Opportunity springs from disaster
Mayor Lianne Dalziel, The Press, 20 December 2013
Creative thinkers engage with real world problems
Ryan Reynolds, George Parker and Peter Falkenberg, The Press, 18 November 2013
Rebuild needs to get moving
Lyall Lukey, 25 March 2014
Giant puppets take over Christchurch streets
Kloe Palmer, TV3 News, 28 October 2013
Puppets parade through streets
Will Harvie, The Press, 28 October 2013
Three best things about Festa
Will Harvie, The Press, 29 October 2013
Pilgrimage achieves the miracle of wonder
Lin Clark, Theatreview, 28 October 2013
Oh sweet nothin'
Bruce Russell, The Wire, October 2013
James Dann, Rebuilding Christchurch, 28 October 2013
Previews and Publicity
Canterbury puppet show: a sneak peek
John Sellwood, Campbell Live, 21 October 2013
From Under the fale Pacific Underground rises
The Big Idea, 24 October 2014
What city do we want to emulate?
Johnny Moore, The Press, 24 October 2013
Better living through puppetry
Grant Cattermole, Christchurch City Libraries, 23 October 2013
Time to bring an empty city to life
George Parker, The Press, 22 October 2013
"A Canterbury tale of Rebirth"
Charlie Gates, The Press, 2013
FESTA - creating a city-within-a-city
Vicki Anderson, The Press, 21 October 2013
Guy Somerset, Listener, 17 October 2013
Lynn Freeman interviewing Tanya Muagututi'a and George Parker, Radio New Zealand Arts on Sunday, 10 October 2013
Influentials: Christchurch arts after the quakes
Sally Blundell, The Listener, 23 September 2013