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Recreation Centre Activation Project

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Circus arts take centre stage at Lyttelton Rec Centre


If you’ve ever wanted to join the circus, head over to the Lyttelton Recreation Centre and try your hand at contemporary circus arts.
Children and adults alike can try acrobatics, mime/clown, juggling and aerial arts during a series of circus classes, led by creative director and performer Danny Lee Syme.
Mr Syme, who holds a Masters of Professional Practice in Performing Arts, has recently moved to the town and is keen to set up a new circus scene for the harbour community.
“I want to create a hub for contemporary circus arts and produce performances. Lyttelton is a great place for this,” says Syme, who was a core member of Lyttelton’s The Loons Circus Theatre Company.
“It’s a really artistic community with loads of talent and the Recreation Centre, with its high ceilings and distinct character, seems the perfect space to start,” Mr Syme says.
The circus workshops are part of a fresh new programme of classes and events on offer at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre, thanks to a partnership with community group Project Lyttelton.
Christchurch City Council Head of Community Support, Governance and Partnerships, John Filsell, says the Lyttelton Recreation Centre project is the first partnership of its kind.
“By engaging a local community group to actively manage the Centre, we can ensure this iconic facility is reactivated in ways that meet the evolving needs of the Lyttelton and wider Harbour Basin community,” Mr Filsell says.
Lyttelton Recreation Centre Activator Jill Larking says the Centre welcomes anyone seeking a community space to host classes and events.
“This amazing facility is available for the whole community to use,” Ms Larking says.
As well as being the largest facility available for community use in Lyttelton, the Centre’s polished wooden floors and central location make it a versatile venue.
“From adult ballet to yoga, karate and basketball, the much-loved recreation centre is transforming into a thriving community hub – and we’re always keen to host more,” she says.
Danny Lee Syme’s circus arts classes are on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5 November to 21 December. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 021 176 1877.
To book a space at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Rec Centre Seeks Local Leaders 

A new voluntary Lyttelton Recreation Centre Advisory Group is being formed to help the Centre meet the diverse needs and interests of the local community. We are seeking expressions of interest from the local community to help guide the direction of Lyttelton’s much-loved Recreation Centre. 

The Lyttelton Recreation Centre Activation team currently consists of members of Project Lyttelton and Christchurch City Counci, in partnership. This process of recruiting community members has now begun and those that are passionate about the future of the Rec Centre are urged to enquire.   

Please email expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The new advisory group will be enlisted to guide the Rec Centre’s direction in phase two of a Christchurch City Council-initiated activation plan. 

Positions for operational staff are also being finalised and a recruitment process is being set in place. The advisory group will be part of the appointment process. Please email expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

The activation team is also looking for volunteers to meet and greet and operate the Rec Centre reception. Anyone keen to get involved and join a vibrant, friendly team, is invited to contact Jill Larking at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chat and “taster” of what our volunteers do. 

The Lyttelton Recreation Centre Activation Plan was created through a community development partnership between CCC and local group Project Lyttelton. 

Read more about this partnership on Newsline.