Christchurch festival of lights draws thousands

Christchurch got a street party and light festival Saturday night.
Iain McGregor

Christchurch got a street party and light festival Saturday night.

The Festival of Transitional Architecture – Festa – drew a crowd of thousands on Saturday night in Christchurch.

Architecture students from Australia and New Zealand created about 18 temporary installations using mostly recycled materials, lit with many colours and blasted with rock and roll.

The temporary structures surrounding the Christchurch Art Gallery were "really well done", said Dutch director Jos de Krieger.

Architecture students created installations of form, colour and sound.
Iain McGregor

Architecture students created installations of form, colour and sound.

"We worked so hard on this," said Unitec architecture student Hayley McDonald. "The crowd has been amazing."

Automated people counters on the art galley doors had passed 9100 people at 11pm.

Many more explored the streets outside.

Festa has been a big post-quake success.
Iain McGregor

Festa has been a big post-quake success.

 

 

 

 

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