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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.

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