Festa street party begins in Christchurch
Lights, music and food stalls have attracted hundreds of people to central Christchurch.
The main event of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (Festa) runs on Saturday evening in the streets around the Christchurch Art Gallery.
Lean Means is a free street party of lights, forms and music by architecture students from Australia and New Zealand runs until 11pm.
Previous Festas attracted a collective audience of 50,000, organisers estimated. The inaugural Festa in 2012 saw thousands throng into central Christchurch at a time when cordons blocked access to most of the city and was viewed as the most successful creative public event of the year.
More than 200 architecture students have created 18 temporary installations outside the art gallery using recycled materials, including wood, steel, plastic bottles and waste plastic.
The theme of Festa is recycling and reuse. We have the means – the resources – to make use of waste before it goes to the tip, Festa director Jessica Halliday said.
"If we want to change how materials are used, we have to educate the new generation of architecture students," said Jos de Krieger, the Dutch architect who directed Saturday night's event.
His architecture firm, Superuse Studios, specialised in recycling materials into temporary and permanent buildings, interiors and public spaces.
He wanted architects to consider waste on every decision they made on materials. "It won't work for every project, but when it fits, it might be an opportunity to do it differently," he said.
Other free Festa events over the long weekend include:
- Zero Waste Village of Resourcefulness: Skilled craftspeople undertake high quality, zero waste crafts in a village of temporary shelters. Art gallery, Saturday, 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
- Unlikely Talismans: Jeweller Anita Parris makes supersized trinkets fashioned from recycled materials. The Commons, 70 Kilmore St, all weekend.
- Lost Christchurch: Danielle Rose Mileo from the Melbourne School of Design stresses the value of remaining heritage architecture and asks viewers to reflect on waste on multiple levels. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-3pm, 65 Cambridge Tce.
- Walking tours by Greening the Rubble, Life in Vacant Spaces, Gap Filler and others. Saturday & Sunday.
Check festa.org.nz for details.