Music and market for Re:Start Mall
A pedal-powered smoothie maker, live music and a night market are among the things set to fill Re:Start Mall on Friday.
The evening event will showcase local crafters, musicians, artists and street performers and will coincide with late-night shopping in the mall.
All retail shops and food stalls in the Cashel St mall will stay open until 9pm.
The event, organised by Art Beat, is set to be a ''magical evening'', project facilitator Deborah McCormick said.
''A lot of thought has gone into this and we're hoping people really get behind it,'' she said.
''There's going to be an open-air night market where people will be able to buy locally-produced gifts and crafts and vintage clothing and there will be wonderful music on the stage too,'' she said.
Live music from Christchurch performers kicks off at 7pm on the Art Beat stage and local singer-songwriter Tali and guitarist Harry Leatherby will play at 9:15pm.
McCormick said a pedal-powered smoothie maker would be churning out free drinks from local and Fair Trade ingredients and The Social Soup would be served between 8pm and 9.30pm.
Chef Gary Miller is preparing creamy leek and potato soup with bread for 100 people.
McCormick said to secure a place people had to RSVP to email@example.com and bring a spoon.
Street performers The Loss Adjusters and Make Doubt Your Friend were also involved with the event while Christchurch artist Audrey Baldwin would watch passers-by from inside a shop window while wearing candle antlers.
''It's going to be a really magical evening ... I think it's really positive to showcase the emerging talent we have in Christchurch.''
Art Beat is a summer-long initiative of the Arts Voice Christchurch Trust that aims to bring local artists, choirs and musicians into the central city.