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

Applications are now open for Christchurch Heritage Festival 2023

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

The closing date for applications is Sunday 11 June.

If you have any queries email us at

Our Stories of Living and Learning - Friday 6 to Monday 23 October (Labour Day)

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. 

We welcome new and returning event providers to apply to be part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2023 programme. Applications will be open here from Monday 8 May to Sunday 11 June 2023.

If you have any queries regarding the Christchurch Heritage Festival or would like to be added to our mailing list for direct updates please email

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.

To run an event as part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2023:

  • Complete the online application form(external link) – available until Sunday 11 June 2023. 
  • Complete a Health and Safety Plan and attach it to your application.
  • 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.

Note: It is not compulsory to relate your event to the theme.

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