- home in the heart of the city
Fenton said one question she is frequently asked is whether weekend markets will return to Market Square.
‘‘We’re aware that during the last few years, a lot of other markets have popped up around the city, and we want whatever we do to complement that.
‘‘However, our winter and Easter markets have been really successful and the signs are that people really want to see the regular market return.
‘‘We’ll have a summer market and another at Easter to further test the concept and, all going well, we are committed to bringing regular markets back to the site.’’
During the restoration of the Boys’ High building, lifts have been installed, opening up a section of the Arts Centre to a whole new sector of the community who have never seen it before.
The public restrooms have also been upgraded - the old toilets a mere figment in the face of clean, clear and bright spaces.
‘‘We love opening new spaces on the site and, going by the response to our events, we know the feeling in the community is mutual,’’ said Price.
In the past year, about 17,000 people have attended Arts Centre markets and 3,500 have come along to our outdoor cinema series.
‘‘In addition to our events, we host a huge range run by other organisations including Free Theatre, Two Productions, Christchurch Arts Festival and the World Buskers Festival.’’
This weekend, the centre will feature as part of the Beca Heritage Week Festival, with Worcester Boulevard closed to traffic to celebrate 200 years since the invention of the bicycle.
A vintage market, live music, food vendors, historic movies, and a dedicated art exhibition; you could almost imagine time had never marched on.
But onward it does, and with it comes progress and even more to look forward to.
‘‘We’re looking forward to a great summer ahead, with a summer market planned for December 3 , the return of outdoor cinema from December to February and a fundraising concert in the Great Hall in December,’’ Price said.
With Bunsen’s enlarged mezzanine, Sir Antony Gormley’s Stay in residence in the North Quad, and an ever-changing variety of art and craft on offer, the Arts Centre is once again pumping with life and vitality.
Do yourself and your family a favour and step back into the magic and majesty of our beautiful Arts Centre.
She’s been waiting for you. The Christchurch Mail will be profiling tenants of the Arts Centre during the coming weeks as we celebrate the vibrant and much loved heart of our city.
Tessa Peach from Frances Nation, one of the new tenants in the Boys’ High building at the Arts Centre.
There are plenty of favourites - old and new - to be discovered and rediscovered at the Arts Centre.