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Celebrity Sulky Race and Festival Launch

Celebrity Sulky Race and Festival Launch

The official Showtime Canterbury launch will provide a taste of what’s on offer over the following two weeks. As a part of the launch, some of Canterbury’s finest (but maybe not fittest!) local celebrities will battle it out in the very popular Celebrity Sulky Race.

A special course in The Square will see the participants push one another to the limit of silliness, guaranteeing heaps of fun and laughter.

Returning in 2002, by popular demand, (their mothers wrote to us), the Vague As Brothers will perform their own style of polyester pop, running the risk yet again of being arrested for wearing loud clothing in a built up area.

Let’s hope the noise from the screaming lime and orange lounge suits doesn’t frighten the cute and cuddly animals which will be on display courtesy of the A & P Show.

A selection of farm animals – courtesy of the A & P Show – will truly bring the country to town today. Llamas, sheep, and Delia The Cow (star of the Showtime Canterbury brochure cover) will be on hand for a cuddle.

True Canterbury entertainment will be complemented by the magnificent Showtime Canterbury Painted Horses, who begin their transformation into stunning works of art today.

Held: Friday 1 November Time: 11.30pm to 1.30pm Venue: Cathedral Square

The Showtime Canterbury Painted Horses Witness the creation of public art works that depict something special about our region.

Four life size model thoroughbreds, created by Crescendo Solutions, standing 17 hands tall, will be transformed into the Showtime Canterbury Painted Horses between November 1 and 10.

Talented local artists, using the horse models as a canvas and Canterbury as their theme, will create these incredible works of art right before your very eyes from 1st November to the 10th. The public may view the creation process and talk to the artist about their inspiration, materials and techniques. In the week that follows they will be on display.

Inspired by similar public art installations seen all over the world, such as Cow Parade in New York City and Horse Fever in Ocala Florida, these horses are unique in New Zealand and will capture something very special about the Canterbury region.

These “ongoing” works of art will be in Cathedral Square on November 1, where their transformation will begin.

Held: Throughout the festival, beginning Friday 1 November in Cathedral Square and then at locations throughout the city during Showtime Canterbury – to be advised. Time: November 1st, 11.30am, then various Venue: Starting in Cathedral Square

Note: please visit for more information.
New Brighton Carnival

Christchurch’s only seaside carnival takes place over five days on the New Brighton foreshore.

There’ll be carnival rides, food and refreshments, and on the final day of the carnival on Tuesday 5 November, the amazing Meridian Energy Fireworks Extravaganza at the New Brighton Pier will complete a superb five day celebration.

Held: Friday 1 November, 3pm to 10pm Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November, 10am to 10pm Monday 4 November, 3pm to 10pm Tuesday 5 November, 3pm – 9.15pm Venue: New Brighton foreshore Contact: Mary McCammon Phone: 388-9920

Note: The carnival will be extended to Wednesday November 6, if the Meridian Energy Fireworks Extravaganza is postponed due to bad weather.

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