Friday 7 to Monday 24 October (Labour Day). An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Applications are now open for Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022

The Heritage Festival will run from Friday 7 October to Monday 24 October (Labour Day).

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 June.

If you have any queries email us at

Our Stories – Milestones and Moments

This year’s theme is an opportunity to explore the events that have shaped us: large and small, public and private, milestones and moments that have shaped our diverse communities here in the Ōtautahi-Christchurch District and the wider Canterbury region.

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

The Christchurch Heritage Festival allows us 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.

If you would like to find out more about holding an event as part of the Heritage Festival take a look at the information below.

To apply to run an event in the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022 you need to:

  • Complete the online application form(external link) – available until 12 June 2022.
  • If you wish to apply for a grant to help run your event, complete the funding section of the application form. There is a contestable small grant fund available, with the usual award range between $100 to $2000.
  • Complete your health and safety plan and attach it to your application.

If you have any queries about the application process or would like to discuss your idea for an event please get in touch at

Before applying, please read our:

Health and Safety Plan information

This plan should be completed first and then attached to your online application.

 We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022.