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Lyttelton Harbour Kura - festival of learning - Programme

With so many interesting and talented people kicking about the Lyttelton area, it seemed about time we had the opportunity to celebrate and share the great knowledge and experience of the people of our area. Project Lyttelton has dreamed up the Lyttelton Harbour Kura - festival of learning. For ten days, the Lyttelton Harbour will become a hot spot for the sharing of skills, ideas and knowledge.

Dates: Saturday 28th September | Sunday 29th September | Monday 30th September | Tuesday 1st October | Wednesday 2nd October | Thursday 3rd October | Friday 4th October | Saturday 5th OctoberSunday 6th October 

Saturday 28th September

Drumathon with Doug Brush

  • 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Lyttelton Civic Square, corner Canterbury and London St
  • Free

We’re kicking off the festival with a big drum event at the Lyttelton Civic Square! Bring your hand drum (or borrow one at the event) and join Doug for a fun, all-ages drum-til-you-drop session. No experience necessary.

Half Hour Urban Eden with Jim O’Gorman

  • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • The Portal, 54a Oxford St
  • $81 waged; $61 unwaged
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

An average of half an hour a week is all it should take to maintain a garden to feed a family of four. Come along and find out how it's done! Learn how to prepare a chemical free garden from scratch and develop high productivity. 

Flax Weaving with Katie Dunlop

  • 9:30 am - 3pm
  • Union Chapel, 38 Winchester Street, Lyttelton
  • $40
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093
  • Tools: Bring a cushion, 10-12 clothes pegs & a non serrated butter knife 

Come and learn how to weave this amazing New Zealand native plant. In this one day course you will learn how to gather, prepare and weave harakeke into a variety of different things including a flower and a small basket or kete. This course is suitable for beginners.

Have a go Lyttelton in The Body Festival: Tap Dancing with the Sintes Brothers

  • Lyttelton Main School Hall, Oxford StTap with the Sintes Brothers
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Free, no registrations

The Sintes Brothers are pleased to be a part of The Body Festival again in 2013! Daniel and Matthew, who grew up in Rangiora, have performed in NZ, Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Europe and New York. This workshop will introduce you to some basics of modern tap dancing and rhythm. Suitable for beginners of all ages and anyone “willing to learn!”

Have a go Lyttelton in The Body Festival: Blues Dancing with the Swingtown Rebels

  • Lyttelton Main School Hall
  • 12.30pm - 2.00pm
  • Free, no booking required

A technique based partner dance with simple rhythms and fun musicality, danced to the smooth sounds of blues music. Great for beginners and also useful technique for those who already partner dance. No partner or experience necessary.

Have a go Lyttelton in The Body Festival: Maori Performing Arts for Beginners with Ripeka Paraone

  • 2.30pm - 4.00pm
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall
  • Free, no bookings required

This workshop is for those interested in learning basic Maori songs, actionsongs, poi dances, stick games and a haka. No previous experience required, just a willing attitude to learn.

Ambidextrous Drawing with Tony Piggott

  • 10:00 - 11:00am and 1:00 - 2:00pm 
  • Tin Palace, 13A Oxford St
  • $11.00
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

If you have ever secretly wanted to draw but don’t believe you can... if you can draw beautifully and you want to learn new skills and find inspiration... this session is for you... this session will be a beautiful introduction to the art of pen and ink... a safe and supportive environment... and it will be fun.

“A Path to Genuine Wealth" with The Harbour Pool group (Margaret Jefferies and friends)

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • Lyttelton Library, 35-37 London Street 
  • Timebank credits or Koha (all proceeds go to children's garden in Lyttelton)

Sex, religion and money!

What do they have in common? They are all things that we tend to shy away from in conversation with others. Let’s break the taboo and talk about our money.

There is a small local savings pool in Lyttelton where the members collectively save (it is all monitored, so don’t freak out!). We then share the use of the money interest free. We have already paid off two mortgages.

The big thing around money is to get the use of it without having to pay interest.  Any debt we may have is burdened by the interest component added.

Come and play the Savings Pool game at this workshop so that you can experience how such a system works. When it comes to money matters it is much easier for many of us to understand what is happening when you are actually engaged in such a way. The game always seems to create ‘Aha’ moments in understanding.

Walk-ezy for Physical Freedom and Fun with Belinda Walker

  • 12:00 - 4:00pm
  • $51.00
  • Venue on application
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Rediscover lightness in your step, exploring your options of moving and standing in ways that will ease tired, stiff legs and feet, knocked knees, jarred hips, backs and shoulders. This workshop will inspire and inform you on how to take charge of your health by learning functional movement habits and practicing mindfull awareness - for a very relaxing day out.

Sunday 29th September

Advanced Biology with Jim O’Gorman

  • 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • The Portal, 54a Oxford St. Lyttelton
  • $91 waged; $71
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

This workshop covers the basics of biology and micro-organism technology as it applies to your garden.  You will learn about the balance that you will need to create to have the best soil health for your plants.  You will be introduced to the latest micro-organism production techniques for biological innoculum (compost tea) and the opportunity to take a sample home.  

Butchery of Fish, Lamb, Chicken with Giulio Sturlagiulio

  • 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • $16 per person, additional $5 to have your knife sharpened on the day
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093
  • Tools: Bring your meat and knife to practice alongside.

Giulio from Roots Restaurant has been a cook for just under 20 years. He loves to share his knowledge. Knowing how to butcher meat is a useful skill to have. So come along with your piece of meat and knife.

Dough: Tortillas, bread, pizza dough with Brian Heslop

  • 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Bring a container. Join Brian Heslop from Roots Restaurant as he teaches how to make tortillas (Mexican grandmother style) and bread as well as techniques for making pizza dough.

Dough Day with Toddlers/Kids 2-5yr

  • 1:30 - 3:00pm
  • Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • Free, no bookings required

This is an event for children to come together and play with different types of dough in the courtyard of Roots Restaurant. 

Hands on Sausage Making with Anna and the Preserved Team

  • 2:00 - 5:00pm 
  • Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • $36 adults/children under 14 (must be accompanied)  
  • All ingredients provided
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Roll your sleeves up and get involved in this hands on sausage making workshop. Learn all about pork sausage making, flavor combos, stuffing and of course linking. You get to take home the sausages you make, apart from one.  The day will finish with a blind sausage sizzle cook and an award for the most popular sausage.

Round and round the Mandala with Bettina Evansbettina

  • 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • $11.00
  • Tin Palace, 13A Oxford Street
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

What is a mandala, where does it come from? Create your own mandala from a variety of art materials and get ideas how you can use them at home for your own art making. Come along if you like looking at the world and yourself through creative eyes and want to get some ideas how to play with clay and paints and paper and found materials to create meaningful personal art works. 

Stiltwalking with Daniel Heaphy

  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm stilwalking
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall, Oxford St
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Reach for the sky as you learn to walk on Stilts. This fun and exciting workshop will give you an introduction to the art of Stiltwalkin!

Monday 30th September

Felted Flower Brooch with Anne Mortimer

  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • The Portal, 54A Oxford Street
  • $21 including fibre
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Create your own statement piece of jewellery using a small amount of wool roving, water and soap. This is an ideal class for learning how to make small pieces of felt. Suitable for ages 8+. Please bring 2  towels (1 hand towel and 1 larger), Bubble wrap (approx. 30-50 cm wide by 1m), Net curtain (remnants are fine), a sushi mat (if you have one), natural soap e.g. olive oil soap - I get mine from health food shops.

Kids sausage making workshop with Elizabeth and Anna - Preserved Team

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm 
  • Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • $36 (8 years and up)  
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093
  • All ingredients provided 

Come on kids - who doesn't love a sausage sizzle?  What's even more fun is making the sausages first yourself!  Elizabeth, age 12, from the Preserved team, along with Anna, will show you sausage making is all child's play.  You will get to make your very own sausages, use the stuffing machines and learn how to link chains of sausages.  To finish we will have a sausage sizzle and a drink to show off your skills.

Cooking with Wholefoods & Preparing Fermented Foods with Giulio Sturla

  • 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Roots Restaurant, London St
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093
  • Bring a jar or 2.

Join Giulio as he shares his knowledge about how to prepare wholefoods and making fermented and cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, chilli sauces and yogurt.

Tuesday 1st October

Sculpted Felt Bowl with Anne Mortimerfelt bowl

  • 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • $21 including fibre
  • The Portal, 54A Oxford St
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Discover how to create 3D forms in felt using a plastic resist. This small felt bowl is perfect for storing things like keys or to have as a decorative piece. Please bring 2 x towels (1 hand towel and 1 larger), Bubble wrap (approx. 30-50 cm wide by 1m), Net curtain (remnants are fine), a sushi mat (if you have one), natural soap e.g. olive oil soap - I get mine from health food shops.

Salt it! Cure it! Eat it! with Anna and the Preserved team 

  • Time: 10am -1pm 
  • Venue: Roots Restaurant, 8 London St
  • Cost: $66  
  • All ingredients provided 
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Learn the basics of salting, brining and curing meat.  Anna will take you step by step on how to preserve and transform simple cuts into flavour rich delicacies using beef, lamb, salmon, pork and duck.  After the demo indulge in a platter lunch of cured meats and  homemade preserves accompanied with a glass of wine. 

Self-Sufficient Library Catalogue User

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Lyttelton Library, London Street
  • Free, no bookings required

Learn how to find your way around the Christchurch City Libraries catalogue (Bibliocommons). Find out how to keep track of your library account – books borrowed, holds waiting, money owing - and also how to add your own reviews, tags comments, and create your own reading lists.

A Storytelling Workshop with Hermione Rivison

  • 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall
  • $11.00
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

A fun way to help you tell stories anywhere and to find your own comfort level with your voice and your body. This workshop is open to anyone aged 8 years and older. 

Jam and Sing Along with the LSSO (Lyttelton Short String Orchestra)

  • 7:30 - 9:30pm
  • 94 Governors Bay Road, Cass Bay
  • Free, no bookings required

Bring your ukuleles (or other instruments) and join the Lyttelton Short String Orchestra for our weekly practice. The Lyttelton Short String Orchestra is a group of friends who meet once a week to enjoy playing ukulele together and working on arrangements and techniques to extend their skills.

Wednesday 2nd October

Ecology Field Trip to Quail Island with Tina Troupquail island

  • 9:50am - 4:00pm 
  • meet at the Lyttelton Information Centre, Oxford St
  • $13.50
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

A guided field trip to Quail Island to learn about the Otamahua/ Quail Island ecological restoration project - including plants, birds and other wildlife (lizards, invertebrates etc.).  We may see little blue penguins. This is a good way to learn about our local native plants and animals, and how together they form a distinctive ecosystem.

Self-Sufficient Library Website User

  • 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Lyttelton Library, London Street
  • Free, no bookings required

Learn how to navigate your way around the Christchurch City Libraries website. Find out how to start your family history, enjoy some recommended reads, follow the library’s blog, or discover some great resources for your children to use.

Practical Happiness: The Science of Wellbeing with Ciaran Fox 

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • The Portal, 54A Oxford St
  • Free
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Understanding positive mental health as a precious resource and how it can be used to improve wellbeing, resilience and productivity.  Strategies from the science of wellbeing that really work.  Understanding the psycho-social consequences of the Canterbury earthquakes, what the research tells us and how the All Right? campaign works to promote wellbeing at a population level.

6:00 - 9:30pm Massage for Women with Lisa Bevan

  • 10 Days Road, Lyttelton
  • $41.00 (stay for a cup of tea afterwards)
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Come and join Lisa in an introduction to the wonderful medium of massage, a loving and healing touch we can all learn to give each other.   In warm and comfortable surroundings, Lisa will share some of her many years of experience in a range of bodywork modalities to enable you to give and enjoy a relaxing back massage.

Thursday 3rd October

"Improvisation and Character Building" and "Devising Performance" with Liz Kerslake 

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • $8.00 single session or $11.00 for both
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall, Oxford St
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Drama workshops at Lyttelton Kura are designed to engage, inspire and delight, providing a supportive environment for kids to learn the basics of Improvisation, Character Building and Devising Performance.  The workshops are open to children aged 8-12 years old.

Self-Sufficient Library Subscription Database User

  • 10:00am -12:00pm
  • Lyttelton Library, London St
  • Free, no bookings required

Discover The Source - the amazing range of databases made available to you for free by Christchurch City Libraries. Find out how to make the most of this fantastic resource that includes full text access to national and international newspapers, family history databases, scientific and medical articles, and lots more.

Pull it Apart and Make it Art with Jacky Morren

  • 10am - 12pm
  • Tin Palace, 13A Oxford St
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

We’ll be reclaiming broken bits of jewellery, watches etc. We will pull them apart and take elements from several pieces and re-assemble and combine into a new wearable piece. Please bring your own bits and pieces to play with.

Intro to Contra Dance

  • 7:30 - 9:30pm 
  • Lyttelton West School Hall, 41 Voelas Rd
  • $6
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Contra dance is an energetic American style of barn dance/ceilidh/woolshed dance. It is easy to learn, all dances taught, no experience or partners needed!

Friday 4th October

Pull it Apart and Make it Art with Jacky Morren

  • 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • Tin Palace, 13A Oxford St
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

We’ll be reclaiming broken bits of jewellery, watches etc. We will pull them apart and take elements from several pieces and re-assemble and combine into a new wearable piece. Please bring your own bits and pieces to play with.

Superhero Singing with Lisa Tui

  • 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Union Chapel, 40 Winchester St 
  • $21
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Develop the strength of your voice through singing. We will make musical and superhero sounds together, progressing steadily and improving how you feel about speaking, singing and your voice.

Saturday 5th October

Random Acts of Music at the Lyttelton Farmers MarketRAM

  • 10:30 Lisa Tui 
  • 12:00 Random Acts of Music
  • Free event, no bookings required

Join Lisa Tui, Nikki Berry and the Muse team to experience a form of street performance where the lines between audience and performers merge. First we collect words from the crowd. Our singers improvise songs based on the words gathered, solo instrumentalists improvise, and everyone present interacts to create a unique musical experience. Anyone can participate, with no previous experience of music. The results are often beautiful, always surprising and leave everyone smiling. 

Massage for Women with Lisa Bevan

  • 9:30 - 1:00pm 
  • 10 Days Road, Lyttelton
  • $41 including simple lunch afterwards
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Come and join Lisa in an introduction to the wonderful medium of massage, a loving and healing touch we can all learn to give each other.  In warm and comfortable surroundings, Lisa will share some of her many years of experience in a range of bodywork modalities to enable you to give and enjoy a relaxing back massage.

Lyttel Book Fair at the Garage Sale

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • The Garage Sale, 54a Oxford St

Books for all ages kindly donated by Harbour communities. Proceeds to the Lyttelton TimeBank.

Chicken Tractor Workshop with Sacha Healey

  • 10:30 - 2:00pm
  • Living Gardens, 580 Bamfords Road, Allandale
  • $16 waged; $11 unwaged
  • All materials provided / shared afternoon tea afterwards
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

A hands-on workshop building a chicken tractor - a small, moveable home for your chickens, that lets you keep them contained while working your land for you, tilling, weed-eating, and manuring patches to planting perfection. Useful if you have a large paddock or just a few square metres in which to grow your veggies.

TimeBanking Speed Skill swap! Lyttelton

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm 
  • The Portal, 54A Oxford Street

Can you tie a few useful knots? Can you teach a few handy stitches, like a french knot or a blanket stitch? Would you like to learn how to turn a napkin or piece of paper into an origami flower? Do you know how to make hair gel or lip balm from natural ingredients? What else do you want to learn about? What would you enjoy teaching someone else? As part of the Lyttelton Harbour Kura , the Lyttelton TimeBank will host a two hour long speed skill swap for any and all of the above.

Body Percussion for ages 8 to 108 with Maganui Stewart

  • 12:00 - 1:00pm 
  • Lyttelton Main School hall 
  • $6
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Through Body Percussion, Maganui will help you realise your potential in a fun and supportive environment. Working at a range of abilities, whether or 8 or 108  you will find yourself stomping, clapping and laughing in no time.

Walk-ezy for physical freedom and fun with Belinda Walker

  • 12-4pm
  • Venue to be advised
  • $51
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Rediscover lightness in your step, exploring your options of moving and standing in ways that will ease tired, stiff legs and feet, knocked knees, jarred hips, backs and shoulders.

This workshop will inspire and inform you on how to take charge of your health by learning functional movement habits and practicing mindfull awareness - for a very relaxing day out.

Picture House hosts LIFT Library Films

  • 1:00 - 5:00pm and 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • 36A London Street (next to Storm hairdressers)
  • Timebank credits or koha

Lyttelton artists Makeshift Studios have created the Picture House - a portable two-person cinema - which will host the LIFT Library’s incredible programme of short, educational films during the final weekend of the Kura. Come down, take your seat and choose from the following programmes: Climate change action; Community resilience; Earthships; DIY Energy; Environmental protection; Food production; Food & Health; Gardening Tips; Localization vs globalization; Money and its alternatives; Permaculture; Political issues (TPPA, Food Bill, GE); Sustainability & Transition Towns; Water; Wifi etc & health.

Cheesemaking with Christopher Musgrave

  • 2:00 - 3:30pm
  • Roots Restaurant
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Learn a simple, low-tech cheese-making technique for the home kitchen, producing a deliciously tasty, raw, probiotic soft-curd cheese, with variations; with practical demonstrations of the stages. Taste some I prepared earlier, with variations including feta, and flavoured with some herbs and spices.

Poetry with Leslie McKay

  • 2:00 - 4:00pm 
  • the Portal, 54A Oxford Street 
  • $6
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

If you would like to write poetry but need to kick start your confidence and imagination, this workshop is for you. Come and discover how easy it can be. Bring a pen, paper and your sense of adventure.

Compassionate Communication with Christopher Musgrave

  • 7:30 - 9:00pm
  • The Portal, 54A Oxford St
  • $11
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

An introduction to the art of Compassionate Communication, informed by the system/theory of Non-Violent Communication, and the work of The Virtues Project - with a view to forming a facilitated monthly practice-group. Find greater authenticity in all your relationships, increased understanding, deepening connection, and conflict resolution.

Sunday 6th October

Picture House hosts LIFT Library Films

  • 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • 36A London Street (next to Storm hairdressers)
  • TimeBank credits or koha

Lyttelton artists Makeshift Studios have created the Picture House - a portable two-person cinema - which will host the LIFT Library’s incredible programme of short, educational films during the final weekend of the Kura. Come down, take your seat and choose from the following programmes: Climate change action; Community resilience; Earthships; DIY Energy; Environmental protection; Food production; Food & Health; Gardening Tips; Localization vs globalization; Money and its alternatives; Permaculture; Political issues (TPPA, Food Bill, GE); Sustainability & Transition Towns; Water; Wifi etc & health.

'Good Things of Spring' Foraging Workshop with Darren Tatom

  • Time: 10 am - 1 pm
  • Venue: Lyttelton and surrounds
  • Cost: $16 / kids $6
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Spring is not well known for it's foraging bounty. There are not those lovely autumn fruits, nuts, plants and funghi, but there are a surprising number of useful and tasty plants and the occasional funghi to be found if you know where to look. Our workshop takes us around Lyttelton and a local reserve. We will discuss, not only the useful plants and their locations, but also some of the philosophical, social and environmental issues.

Natural Art Workshop with Heather Watson

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm 
  • Snowdrop Cottage
  • $10 (drink and snack included)
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Snowdrop cottage offers a creative art workshop using nature as its theme. Engage with the spirit within and discover how nature can heal and allow you to express yourself. Bring your own lunch.

Make a “Spring Fling” Upcycled Frock with Justine Belcarjustine dress photo

  • 10:30 - 12:30am
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall, Oxford St
  • $26 
  • age 13 +
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Come along to a redflax recreative workshop and learn how to transform a pillowslip into a pretty dress for your little princess! Bring 2 favourite pillowslips (retro/vintage are best) and a sewing machine (if you have one - there will be some available) and get creative. Dresses can be created for girls aged 2 - 8 or 9 yrs. You don’t need to be a good sewer for this workshop - you will learn basic sewing techniques, the art of shirring, as well as making straps, and fabric yo-yos.

I'm a Volcano and You are the Sea with Bettina Evans

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • $16
  • Lyttelton Main School Hall, Oxford St
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093

Who are you? What is your landscape? Let your hands and heart create a personal three dimensional landscape with a variety of art materials. Come along if you like looking at the world and yourself through creative eyes and want to get some ideas how to play with clay and paints and paper and found materials to create meaningful personal art works. 

TimeBanking Speed Skill swap!

  • Diamond Harbour School
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Repair workshop. Help share your skills. How to darn a sock, how to mend some clothes. how to alter a hem…... What would you enjoy teaching someone else? As part of the Lyttelton Harbour Kura, the Lyttelton TimeBank will host a two hour long speed skill swap for any and all of the above. 

Body Cream Making with Christy Martin

  • 10:00 - 11:00am
  • Roots Restaurant
  • $16
  • Bookings essential - 328 9093
  • Tools: Bring a little container to take some cream home, or $5 for a cream pod on the day.

Christy has been making her own creams for the past 3 years and would love to share how to make a simple body cream with you.

 

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