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Cultural Festival has been held annually since it’s initiation in 1981 (with the exception of one year). Official charitable trust status was obtained in 2000. The festival has no official membership however annually involves a Steering Committee, over 200  volunteers, 60 primary and intermediate schools,one long-term event manager and over 20
short-term contractors. The Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival offers one of the only children’s multicultural experiences offered on a city-wide scale, which has been developed from grassroots level in Christchurch.

What is the Cultural Festival?

The Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival — popularly known as ‘Cultural Festival’ is an annual, Canterbury-wide children’s arts festival featuring a showcase of multicultural Performances, Visual Art Exhibition and Wearable Art Pageants. Featured in this extravaganza are traditional and contemporary performances by around 70 of Christchurch’s most accomplished Primary and Intermediate Schools and children’s performance groups, representing over ten different nationalities. Cultural Festival is a unique opportunity to experience an authentic, vibrant celebration of the many different cultures in Aotearoa.

What is the Cultural Festival’s vision?

To create a festival where primary and intermediate children in Canterbury and further afield, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to perform and participate fully in a quality setting which allows them to achieve their best, while maintaining a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.

How do I become a Participant in the Cultural Festival?

Click here to download the information in PDF format.

about img femaleCultural Festival objectives

  • To acknowledge and promote Tangata Whenua
  • To foster participation not competition whilst striving for excellence
  • To create opportunities for development and upskilling of both participants and key personnel
  • To celebrate and promote cultural diversity
  • To instill in children a sense of pride and excitement in their culture and performance.

Cultural Festival growth

The Festival has experienced steady growth over the last few years. The number of children performing has more than doubled since the year 2000 with over 3,100 children now participating annually. A further 2,900 children come to spectate their peers perform, meaning ‘Cultural Festival’ now impacts over 6,000 children each year. Audiences have grown by 140% since the year 2000, with over 8,000 people now attending annually.

Who runs the Cultural Festival?

Cultural Festival’ is co-ordinated by The Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival Trust. An annually appointed Steering Committee of teachers from Christchurch schools work voluntarily to produce the festival, in conjunction with a professional Event Manager.



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