Weather no hindrance on Festa

WILL HARVIE
Last updated 05:00 28/10/2013
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SOUNDS INTERESTING: Members of the public take part in the Sound Garden project using bespoke musical instruments.

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City leaders are starting to listen to the messages coming out of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (Festa), its director says.

Jessica Halliday declared the four-day festival, which closes tonight, a "big success" because "we're seeing discussions building about what are we doing here and what are we creating".

City leaders were also "taking notice and that's a start", she said.

"I hope they begin to listen. It's hard not to when thousands of people attend."

Residents were ahead of leaders, she said, even if they were just approaching Festa as a "pile of fun".

Gap Filler co-founder and creative director Coralie Winn said transitional and temporary architecture allowed residents to "reconnect with their urban environment".

Festa was marred by high winds that forced the cancellation of the headline Canterbury Tales parade on Saturday.

The winds continued last night, but the parade went ahead with a reworked format.

Many other smaller projects were successful.

Whole House Reuse co-ordinator Kate McIntyre said her project's launch "blew our expectations out of the window".

"We had 150 people and couldn't fit all of them into the room," she said. The project aims to turn one whole red-zoned house into an array of artworks, crafts and small architecture. It operated out of a New Regent St shop for the festival and is open today.

Fabrico Fernandes said his Nomadic Sauna was averaging 12 patrons a session when the limit was 14.

"When they arrived, they've been a bit sceptical, but they come out [of the sauna] with shining eyes," he said.

Loud gusting winds could not disrupt the launch of the new Sound Garden in central Christchurch. More than 45 children, parents and grandparents made their own music on Saturday despite the wind at the Gap Filler and Greening the Rubble project on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets.

The larger instruments are permanent, with the public invited to make "sweet sounds in contrast to the demolition/construction noise scape" of central Christchurch, Gap Filler project manager Trent Hiles said.

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