| Event Dates ||
Annually for 10-days in October each year |
| Event Venue ||
Christchurch City plus Waimakariri and Selwyn districts |
| Event Size ||
Beca Heritage Week includes over 100 events across 10 days |
| Key Roles ||
360DE is responsible for the overall project management of Beca Heritage Week plus the planning and delivery of Christchurch City Council's Key Events |
| Website |
Celebrating Our Heritage!
Each year Beca Heritage Week has a new theme intended to showcase various aspects of local heritage. 2009 was the first year that 360 Degree Events project managed the festival and the theme was 'Doves and Defences', with a focus on how peace and conflict shaped Christchurch. In 2010 the theme was 'On the Horizon - Rediscover the settlement of our city', it encouraged residents to take a fresh look at Christchurch and Canterbury settlers, when they arrived and what adventures and discoveries they made in this new land. In 2011 the theme will be around our Sport and Recreation heritage however given the devastating 22 February 2011 earthquake which claimed many of the city's heritage buildings, the messages behind Beca Heritage Week will be more important than ever .. Kia Kaha Christchurch!
Key Events from the 2011 programme under 360 Degree Events management included:
Beca Heritage Week Ambassador Awards and Opening Night Concert with Ariana Tikao (Ōhākī)
The official opening of Beca Heritage Week 2010 will be marked by a spectacular awards presentation and an impressive public concert in the ChristChurch Cathedral.
Each year the Heritage Week Management Group is delighted to honour a deserving person or group with the Heritage Week Ambassador Award. The recipient is a community event organiser who has made valuable contributions to Heritage Week by organising or promoting a quality event. The presentation of this award will take place during the Opening Night celebrations.
Following the presentation of the Ambassador Awards, guests will be treated to an inspirational and moving concert performed by Ariana Tikao (Ōhākī). Mixing whānau, whakapapa and whenua, Ariana Tikao’s (Kāi Tahu) show 'Ōhākī' explores through music, the dying words of her ancestor, Tamati Tikao. His ōhākī was spoken to his family at Opukutahi, on Banks Peninsula on 27 September, 1885. Ariana collaborates with tāoka pūoro legend, Richard Nunns and video artist Louise Potiki Bryant (Kāi Tahu) to produce a spellbinding work, highlighting the enduring relevance of her tīpuna’s words.
This event is free and open to the public to attend. It promises to deliver a memorable experience for all, so come along and help to launch Beca Heritage Week 2010.
Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair
The Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair is a wonderful family day out; set amongst the park’s historical buildings and arboretum of towering trees you will be able to relax as you explore the variety of market stalls and enjoy live entertainment. A range of food vendors will cater to all tastes and visitors will be encouraged to picnic on the lawn while they listen to local bands. The Rhododendron gardens will also be open for walks while pony rides, a bouncy castle and amusements will ensure that the kids enjoy the day as much as you do.
The park has an impressive collection of old farm buildings including a stone cottage which dates from 1848 and a replica of the original Bradley cottage. The Mill House, waterwheel, dairy, stables and implement sheds have also been restored and there will be working displays of old farm machinery throughout the day.
Add a harbour cruise to the programme and this really is a fun-filled day of family entertainment. Free transport has been arranged from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour (return) with Black Cat Cruises. Upon arrival a shuttle bus will pick you up and drive you to the Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair or alternatively there is ample parking available if you prefer to drive yourself.
The Bailies Bar Heritage Week Quiz Night
The Bailies Bar Heritage Week Quiz Night is both a tradition and a highlight of Beca Heritage Week.
While it follows a traditional format there are always a few surprises for participation and this year’s event will be no exception …
Following the ‘On The Horizon: rediscover the settlement of our city’ theme, participants will board one of the First Four Ships that carried the first settlers into the region and will be taken on a journey across the oceans before disembarking in their new land.
The ship will have space for both Colonists and Emigrants. The Colonists will travel as cabin passengers and will be given money to buy land in the new settlement towns of Lyttelton and Christchurch; these people will be earmarked as the future leaders of the new colony. The Emigrants however will travel in steerage and will become the labourers, tradesmen and domestic servants once they arrive. It is anticipated that the cabin passenger allocation will fill up fast so book your team in early to avoid a future of hard labour.
The Town Crier will make the ‘Boarding Call’ to get the voyage underway and then Ship Captain and Quiz Master, Dean Lester will ensure a safe sailing to your new land.
Escape From The Zoo
Its astonishing to think that in 1864, the Botanic Gardens was full of wild animals, exotic birds and even a Canadian Bear!
All this came about during the great acclimatisation period of the 1860’s when The Canterbury Acclimatisation Society used a site near the band Rotunda for housing, acclimatising and breeding animals to be liberated into Canterbury. The main focus was on trout and birds, but also other breeds which became the starting point of many of our pets today.
So, as a slice of our fantastic heritage and as a celebration of Beca Heritage Week, a fun adventure show has been devised by the Botanical Gardens team with a comical and educational view of this era in time. Outwits and Buskers performers have been brought together by director Mark Hadlow; to play all sorts of fauna and human roles to create a mesmerising, entertaining show for the whole family.
Escape From The Zoo is written by Jared Corbin of the Outwits and it will prove to be a wonderful adventure through the Botanic Gardens. There will be stories and fun, and appearances by the animals themselves… up close and personal.
Do you honestly expect people to believe there were monkeys, emu’s, parrots and deer, and a bear running riot in the Botanic gardens? There were, and you have to see Escape From The Zoo to believe it.
Celebrating 150 years of the Christchurch Fire Brigade
Imagine our fire fighters battling fires with buckets and hand pumps; that was the reality in 1860 when the Christchurch Fire Brigade was formed. Over the last 150 years the Christchurch Fire Brigade has been the driving force behind many of the changes that have evolved nationally within the NZ Fire Service.
To commemorate the significance of their 150 year anniversary, the public are invited to watch a street parade highlighting the history of Fire Service appliances over the last 150 years. The parade will commence at the Central Fire Station on Kilmore St and will continue down Colombo St, where the vehicles will become part of a large showcase in Cathedral Square. In addition to the fire engines there will be fire fighting equipment and uniforms on display plus demonstrations, activities and exhibitions dedicated to profiling the changes that have occurred.
Beca Heritage Week is proud to support the Christchurch Fire Brigade by way of the production of a documentary entitled ‘Always Ready: Semper Paratus’ which is based on the book by the same name, written by local fire fighter Tony Phillips. The documentary will be shown in the ChristChurch Cathedral throughout the celebrations. In a creative mix of interviews, archival photos and footage captured on the streets of the city as the Christchurch Fire Brigade go about their daily duties. It is intended to give you a glimpse into the life of a fire fighter while highlighting the significant changes that have taken place over the last 150 years.