What’s on this week - Christchurch

Published: Mon 5 Mar 2012 10:33 AM
Monday 5 March 2012
What’s on this week?
Friday 9 March
Farewell to the Godwits
Southshore Spit Reserve, South New Brighton
A full complement of Christchurch’s much-loved visitors, the bar-tailed Godwits, will embark on their epic journey back to Alaska. Traditionally, at the end of each summer, Christchurch residents have the opportunity to bid farewell to the Godwits (kuaka) at a brief and informative ceremony before they head back to their Alaskan breeding grounds. The return path takes several weeks with stopovers around China’s Yellow Sea, the Korean Peninsula and Japan, before the home-run crossing of the Bering Sea to Alaska.
Saturday 10 March
Culture Galore
Ray Blank Park, Maidstone Road
Cancelled if wet
Experience the world and celebrate cultural diversity at Culture Galore! Be entertained with more than 50 cultural performances and demonstrations, a huge variety of ethnic foods, art and crafts for sale and loads of fun activities for the whole family. Tempt your senses and delight your taste buds with the huge array of exotic smells and flavours to sample and purchase. Children’s activities include a bouncy castle, Plains FM recording booth, baseball batting cage, origami, stone and soap carving and face painting. BYO rug or chairs and make a day of it. Limited parking is available.
Sunday 11 March
Akaroa Rhythm Method (The Breeze Lazy Sundays)
Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens, 3.30pm–5pm
A motley mixture of peninsula people who come together for the love of music to play anything, anywhere, anytime! With a wide range of cultural and musical influences, they can keep it cool or fire it up, depending on where the music takes you.
Sunday Bandstand
Addington Brass, Central Lawn, Botanic Gardens
Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass, Scarborough Reserve, Sumner
Sumner Silver, Allandale Community Fete, Allandale Domain
These events are all free and part of the Garden City SummerTimes festival. For more information please visit

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