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Project Lyttelton's Festivals


Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights

Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights is a “light spectacular” in mid winter. Lyttelton Harbour is turned into a magical space with lights, art, music and festivities. The famous Street Party on London Street has a spectacular parade, buskers, performers, music, an outdoor street market with winter warmers, quality art and craft and a brilliant fireworks display. There is something for every age group.


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Spring is a time for making changes. This festival encourages us all to think about a change we want to make and to give it a go, with support from others. We can share our learning, find out what is possible and learn to live in accord with our values. Spring challenges we have taken on include goals to do with waste, transport, food, health, exercise, wellbeing and social connection.


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 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

The Festival of Walking is held in and around Banks Peninsula in November each year. Up to 50 walks are scheduled from level downtown Lyttelton to the high tops of Mt Herbert. 

Lyttelton SummerFest

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.

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.


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Lyttelton Community Grown Dinner

In Autumn we celebrate the harvest with the Lyttelton Community Grown Dinner. For this meal, prepared by award-winning chef Giulio Sturla, of Roots Restaurant, the diners themselves must grow and provide the ingredients. Gathering for dinner together takes on a whole new meaning when the food served to us is 100% from within Lyttelton basin, the fruit of our own efforts. It is a time to reflect on the value of what we have and what is possible.


Lyttelton Harbour Kura: festival of learning

The Lyttelton Harbour Kura festival took place September 28th - October 6th, 2013 in various locations around Lyttelton Harbour. Around 40 workshops and classes made up the Kura programme, with a wide range of options including kids' drama classes, cheese-making, organic gardening, stiltwalking, dancing, singing and massage. This festival has now been incorporated into the Harbour Harvest Festival, and the Lyttelton TimeBank has offered many workshops and classes during "our year of education".

Festival Enquiries

If you want to get involved in any of our festivals or events, you can contact us on 328 9243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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Glow Paint not Glow Sticks

Glowsticks are lots of fun, but not so great for our environment. The chemical generally used in them is Dibutyl phthalate, which can cause irritation or nausea.

The outer of glowsticks is made of plastic. The combination of Dibutyl phthalate and plastic is a nightmare! We think they would take 1000+ years to breakdown in landfill. If they don't make it to landfill (which they often don't) they're not something we want polluting our waterways.

So we have come up with something that has less of an impact on our environment: Resene have a paint called "Nightlight" ( Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video ( to make glow-in-the-dark bracelets that your children will want to keep and bring out every night! You could also create glow in the dark wands using sticks if short of time. And there must be many other creative ways to play with this stuff!

Happy glowing!