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Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights

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The Festival of Lights Street Party - 23 June 2017 from 6:30pm

The Street Party is a night to remember, with our own parade, food stalls, Live music from The Eastern, Mundi, and The Settlers on the main stage, entertainment throughout the night on the Albion Square stage and Colletts Corner and the much loved Lyttelton Port of Christchurch Fireworks display at 8pm (note new time).

Throughout the week of The Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights, light art installations will pop up in and around Lyttelton. Following on from our exciting and successful first time last year, LIGHT.CREATIVITY.CELEBRATION is back with light-related art works being created and exhibited around Lyttelton. These include artworks in alleyways, shop-fronts, and projections onto buildings and other locations.

We are pleased to announce the return of the popular Creative Sampler to the Festival of Lights programme this year. This event is a combined effort between the Lyttelton Harbour Timebank and Project Lyttelton’s Events Team. As the days grow shorter and the nights draw in what a perfect time to open wide our creativity and make or create things together! The event was run for the first time as part of Projects Lyttelton’s Lyttelton Summerfest in February of this year. It was a great success.

The first event in February was so well received. Its success lay in its truly collaborative and simple nature. From tutors to workshop attendees, (time bankers and non time bankers) to organisers we all pitched in, it was magic, we want to create this again. Timebank members will be able to pay with timebank credits to attend the workshops and non timebank members will be asked to pay a koha.
So please join for the Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights and enjoy our exciting week of events!

Applying to be a Food Vendor

If you are interested in having a stall at the Street Party, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form. Do not send any money with this form (the process had changed from last year).

Waste Minimisation

We are committed to mimimising waste at this event. Please be thoughtful and where possible bring your own.

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.

Apply for a stall

Please email office@lyttelton.net.nz for an application form. Do not send any money with this form.

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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" (http://www.resene.co.nz/comn/whtsnew/FX-Nightlight.htm). Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1ZHnVn-vPc) 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!