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Lyttelton SummerFest 2017

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With the Lyttelton SummerFest, Project Lyttelton aims to support the community of Lyttelton Harbour to be strong, healthy and connected, with a focus on sustaining our natural environment and creating a living future.

There are two new events in the SummerFest this year – a traditional kiwi community BBQ at The Grassy, and a day of creative taster workshops, offered by some of our amazing local arts and crafts people. We'll have the fifth Strange Bedfellows at Lyttelton Arts Factory, with a whole new group of artists mixing it up together and presided over by the inimitable Viktor Kropotski.

The SummerFest goal is to bring people together through the arts, music and broad appeal social events. We also list other community events in the programme to help promote all the wonderful things that are happening in our community this summer.



Saturday February 11th

7pm Valentine's Cabaret at the LAF

$30 pp

A variety show at the LAF. This time it's all about love.

Sunday February 19th

11am – 4pm The Creative Sampler

Sports Hall, Lyttelton Recreation Centre

Want to have a go at the art of Japanese visible mending? Learn to fold an origami lotus flower? Choose from a rich smorgasboard of short creative workshops at this TimeBank event (non TimeBank members welcome too). Move, sing, paint, write and get creative. Workshops start on the hour. Full programme will be available at

Creative Sampler Timetable

Saturday February 25th

6pm Harbour Grown Dinner

A fully catered dinner showcasing the skills of Diamond Harbour School students. Students will be preparing, cooking and presenting a 3 course dinner using locally sourced produce. All funds raised will be used to invest in Diamond Harbour Schools Te Mahi Kai, a school wide programme teaching students a broad range of gardening and cooking skills.

Diamond Harbour Rugby Club Rooms $15 + 500gm of produce per person

Sunday February 26th

7:30pm Strange Bedfellows

Lyttelton Arts Factoy

Tickets 0.04x your weekly wage. Bookings on

Surprising collaborations between artists of different stripes. Witness the results when different art forms brush up against one another and create fireworks. MC Viktor Kropotski – retired human canonball and talent scout – makes it a night to remember. Doors open at 7pm.

Saturday March 4th

12.30pm – 7.30pm Nostalgia Festival

Ferrymead Heritage Park

Tickets $44 -

Nostalgia is a daylong festival of music, food and culture that takes place within the 1900s replica township of Ferrymead Heritage Park. The festival offers a creative atmosphere in which to discover local food, wine and beer, a diverse array of cuisine and beverages from some of the cities best producers. Travel through the vintage festival environment while some of New Zealand’s top indie artists perform between two stages. Featuring Liam Finn, Lawrence Arabia, Sal Valentine & the Babyshakes, Nadia Reid, Minisnap + more.

Sunday March 5th (rain date Sunday 12th)

2pm - 8pm The Big Whakaraupo Lyttelton Community Barbeque and Pool Partyat the Grassy

The Grassy. & Norman Kirk Pool. Koha entry to the pool.

Keep it real – a good, old-fashioned kiwi BBQ for the whole community. Come down and enjoy your favourite BBQ food with friends and neighbours. Games for kids of all ages. Music. Bouncy castle. The Lyttelton Timebank Lifeguards will open the summer pool from on the day. Entry is by TimeBank credits or a gold coin. Money raised will go towards Project Lyttelton and the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank. 

Friday 10th March (rain date 17th March)

5pm - 8pm Rainbow Youth Mardi Gras
Albion Square, Lyttelton
Free admission
The Mardi Gras party is a celebration of all young people, both from the LGBTI (rainbow) communities and the wider youth sector, their families and friends. It will include performances, food, art and fun activities for the whole family. Mardi Gras is all about masks, costumes, beads, music and dance. Get dressed up or come and check out the costumes and join the fun!

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