Plenty for kids to get stuck into at Festa

Last updated 16:16 22/10/2014

STEP UP: Get your groove on with dance events ranging from hip hop to salsa at the Dance-O-Mat during Festa.

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The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) is back for its third year. It starts on Friday and runs throughout Labour Weekend, offering a variety of dedicated events for children and young people, including:


Children can create a colourful, wobbly city made out of jelly at the hands-on Jelloucity family activity. The idea is to construct your own utopia - out of jelly. The people at FESTA call it "jellyscape".

Come and create a colourful, glowing city that is supposed to shake and wobble.

Different parts of Christchurch form the template which children will add their creations to.

Each builder will receive a box with a range of jelly shapes that they then use to build their house or city.

Joining in the jelly fun is Ruth Carr of well known band Minuit.

The Jelloucity launch is on Friday from 5-8pm; building takes place from Saturday to Monday, 10am-4pm, at Cathedral Junction, 109 Worcester St.


Gap Filler's Light Up Your Life is a parade of glowing wearable arts and costumes through The Arcades, the timber arches on site at The Commons, cnr Durham and Kilmore Sts.

This event is part of the opening night of the Festival of Transitional Architecture on Friday.

The Commons-based maker-space and 3D printing lab, Makercrate will be open from 5pm for people to bring along their outfits that they wish to light up. Small LED creations can be made to add to costumes in order to get them ready to show in the procession through The Arcades.

At 8pm the procession will begin through The Arcades, which will be specially-lit to illuminate Lonnie Hutchinson's artwork I Like Your Form, a giant hinaki or eel trap suspended in The Arcades until mid-November.

This event has been supported by the Winter Chill fund, which was created to support a range of creative activities for young people in the city.


Run by Gap Filler and supported by Creative Junk, Gimme Shelter on Saturday from 10am-12pm at The Commons, corner of Durham and Kilmore Sts, presents Simon Gray's cardboard-box city-building workshop for children 10 years and older.

This is a free event but bookings essential, via and close at 5pm on Friday.

Please see the Gap Filler website for wet weather details.

There is a post-workshop exhibition on Saturday and Sunday.


Christchurch City Libraries is bringing Book Out and Read In to FESTA on Sunday from 11am-1pm. People of all ages are encouraged to bring their own book or get one out from the mobile library and read in among the trees of the sculptural installation Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers.


Dance-O-Rama is at the Dance-O-Mat, corner Colombo and Gloucester Sts from Saturday to Monday.Christchurch's much-loved coin-operated outdoor dance-hall is hosting open dance-related events and classes from salsa to hip-hop every hour from 11am to 3pm daily.


CityUps, Saturday from 6pm-midnight, offers the chance to experience the city of the future, live for one night only.

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Led by Studio Christchurch, more than 250 students from CPIT, Unitec and The University of Auckland transform two blocks of Christchurch's central city with towering, physical installations to create their vision of a future Christchurch.

Beneath these designs are urban spaces where pop-up cafes, performance spaces, an all-ages- youth venue, a night market, dance hall, community bike workshop and bike light disco, bars, street games and much more operate.

CityUps, corner of High, Lichfield and Manchester Sts, 6pm-midnight.

- The Press


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