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

The Heritage Festival runs from Friday 6 October to Monday 23 October (Labour Day) 2023.

Event details are available through What's On(external link) and a printed guide is available through libraries. 

Our Stories of Living and Learning 

The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people. 

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Theme for 2023

Our Stories of Living and Learning. The theme for 2023 looks to recognise our legacy of learning and education.

Let’s explore the different ways we have learnt from the past and how those who came before us learnt, through educational institutions and through the passing of knowledge between the generations.

This year's Heritage Festival is a time to reflect on how education and learning have shaped our diverse communities here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch, Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula and the wider Canterbury region.

Application information

For approved event providers:

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2023