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Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights 29th June 2018

Festival info.....

6:30 Food stalls, DJ

7:00 Parade

7:15 Music and MCs Shay Horay and Backyard Davey

Main stage at Collett's Corner. Family zone at Albion Square. Youth zone with DJ at Skate Park.

Lindon Puffin, The Settlers and more.

8pm Lyttelton Port Company Fireworks


Other Festival Supported Events in 2018

Sunday  June 24th
The Creative Sampler Sponsored by the Lyttelton Harbour Timebank  11am – 4pm Trinity Hall, Lyttelton Recreation Centre.
A Lytel Street Concert 5-7pm outside Supervalue London Street
Wednesday June 27th
Tom Trevella’s Quiz Night  8pm Eruption Brewing
Lyttelton Library – Printing Making with Bridget 6.30-8pm
Thursday June 28th  
Interplay - Explore the Gifts of Music Voice and Story Trinity Hall, Lyttelton Recreation Centre
Lyttelton Library Stories After Dark 6.30-7.30pm
Friday June 29th
Street Party 6-10.30pm London Street see programme above
Lyttelton Arts Factory Shut Up & Dance 8.15-9.15pm
Infinite Audio & Super restaurant present "SUPER BASS" 9pm -3am $10

Art Installations
Light installations all night, all around town include creations by artists Hannah Beehre, Ben Brown and Amber Moke. Ben’s work will be projected onto Lyttelton Primary School. Amber and Hannah’s work is at Eruption Brewery on London Street. There is also an exciting installation on the Lyttelton Museum site at 33-35 London Street. Sarah Amazinnia and Holly Cunningham, well known in Lyttelton for their art projects, are creating the Museum site installation for Mātāriki and the Festival of Lights that will focus on the early history of Te Pātaka o Rakaihautū (Banks Peninsula) with themes of mahinga kai (food and natural resources) and manaakitanga (hospitality). Artworks will include steel tuna (eels) from Piri Cowie, large woven kumara baskets from Paula Rigby, video projections from Rewa Nolan and lighting design by Carl Pavletich (Fab Lab). The installation and site will evolve over the next few months so come see on the night and keep watching this space.

A special event for this year is Bioluminaire.  Lyttelton Primary School has teamed up with 2018 New Zealander of the Year Nominee and  microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles to create ‘Bioluminaire: a glowing art gallery’. Check it out at the Port Talk building, corner Oxford and London streets.  

Public Transport Information

There will be two Park and Ride locations in Christchurch to come to the Festival. These will be run half hourly starting at 5.30pm by Leopard Buses:
Chapmans Road.
The Pick up point at Chapmans Road is the corner of Lock Cresent  and look for signage
Countdown Ferrymead
The pick up point is the bus stop outside of Countdown on Ferry Road (and it will be shared with regular service).  

Drop off in Lyttelton
There is a temporary bus stop for the Leopard park and ride buses and Redbus shuttle buses ,( pick up and drop off )outside of the Fulton Hogan yard, Norwich Quay.

There are also direct shuttles to Lyttelton from Eastgate and the bus interchange to Lyttelton. They are in addition to the regular services.

Direct to Lyttelton Red Bus Shuttles
Departing platform L at Bus Interchange- 17.05, 18.05, 19.05
Departing Eastgate- 17.40pm and 18.40pm.

Departing Lyttelton- to Interchange via Eastgate

20.20, 20.30 ,20.45, 21.00, 21.30, 22.15, 22.45

Normal services also continue on 28 and 535 routes

There is no car parking available in Lyttelton.

Programme Street Party Friday June 29th

This year the much anticipated Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights will be on the 29th June 2018 from 6:00 - 10:30pm
Albion Square Stage
with Backyard Davey

7.00 Street Parade
7.20 Lyttelton Primary School
7.30 Rapaki Whanau Kapa Haka
7:45 Lyttelton Arts Factory Dance Crews
8.00 Lyttelton Port Company Fireworks display
8.30 The Secret Lives of Ukulele
9.00 Backyard Davey
Main Stage at Collett's Corner
with Shay Horay

7.00 Street Parade
7.15 Lindon Puffin and The Bad Bax
8.15 The Settlers
9.00 The Preservatives
9.50 AL P and his PAL’s
Lyttelton Skate Park
7.30-9.30 DJ Rang

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Don't miss the art installations around town.....

Maria Bettina

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!