An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Christchurch Heritage Festival 2020

Planning is underway for a smaller, simpler festival in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding for the event to be confirmed when the Council’s Annual Plan is adopted at the end of July. 

The Heritage Festival is proposed to run from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 8 November.

Watch this page for further updates on the festival and the application process, or email us at

Theme for 2020

Encounter our Stories – Arts, culture and identity

Anniversaries reflect aspects of the history of our district and provide a starting point for this year’s festival to explore and celebrate the arts, culture and identity of the many communities that live here.

Some of the anniversaries in 2020 we know about so far include:

  • 150 years since the opening of the Canterbury Museum building and the city’s first major art exhibition
  • 75 years since the end of World War II in Europe and the Pacific

Here in Ōtautahi Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula, we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu, European settlers, Pasifika and people of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made this place home.

The Christchurch Heritage Festival 2020 is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that explore and celebrate our historic journeys through arts, culture and identity.

How to be part of the festival

Email us at if you are considering submitting an event for this year’s festival as this will give us an indication of the level of interest from event providers.

The application process will open for two weeks in mid-August once the festival is confirmed as going ahead following the adoption of the Annual Plan. If you’d like to apply to hold an event you will need to have it scoped and an event plan underway by the end of July, so it is ready to submit when applications open.

Keep checking this webpage, as more information on applications will become available in the coming weeks. 

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2020.

Event plan template and example

Download and complete the below event plan template. This must be submitted with your application.

If you're unsure on how this template should be used, have a look at the below event plan example. 

Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019

For a summary of last year's Heritage Festival see Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019 Wrap-up [PDF, 1.4 MB].