Venue shortage impacts Chch Arts Festival

00:33, Aug 07 2013
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Traces is one of the headline acts for this year's Christchurch Arts Festival.
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Australian act Cantina has been described as deliciously twisted.
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Traces "fuses the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance".
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The Chinese/New Zealand collaboration Fault Lines explores the human response to both the Christchurch quakes of 2010-11 and the Sichuan quake of 2008.

The programme for the 2013 Christchurch Arts Festival has been released, with venue shortages still impacting the event.

The festival will feature more than 50 events from August 22 to September 22. 

Festival Director Philip Tremewan said the 2013 festival would follow a similar structure to the 2011 festival, which also ran across a series of weekends.

"We still face challenges with venue availability," Tremewan said.

"And by spreading the festival across a longer time period, and centring the core events around the weekends, we give everyone a chance to come and see more." 

Three world premieres feature in the festival - a new play Gifted, which tells the story of when Frank Sargeson met Janet Frame; a collaboration between Mike Nock Trio and NZTrio; and Strike Percussion's new work created with John Psathas, Between Zero and One. 

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Three major visual arts projects run for the duration of the festival, which each reflect on the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes.

On the final festival weekend, Christchurch's Hagley Park will play host to the ultimate 'band in the park' concert.

Christchurch Brass starts with a lone military musician and gradually builds as seven brass bands join in to create the biggest massed band ever seen in the city. 

More information can be found at www.artsfestival.co.nz

The Press