The Festival of Transitional Architecture is a free, biennial public event that engages with the city of Christchurch by exploring urban regeneration through large scale collaborative projects and urban interventions. It is the first and only festival of its kind in the world.
Over the course of Labour Weekend, events, performances and projects happen across empty sites and in vacant buildings within the city’s four avenues, reintroducing life and urban activity to the centre. This rediscovery of the inner city invites a variety of collective investigations into the nature of civic life and opens it up to the community’s desire to participate in the remaking of their city.
This collection holds photographs, videos and site documentation of the first three FESTA events (2012 - 2014).
- FESTA Promotional Video
- A video made by Julian Vares about FESTA - the Festival of Transitional Architecture. The video includes explanations from FESTA director Jessica Halliday and key collaborators about what FESTA is about, and the important role it plays in the rebuild and recovery of Christchurch. It also includes a compilation of footage from the first three FESTA events of 2012, 2013 and 2014. This footage was shot by Rick Harvie (Belmont Productions), Peter Young (Fisheye Films), Ed Lust and John Chrisstoffels.
- FESTA 2012
- The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) celebrates and explores temporary architecture and DIY urbanism in Christchurch. FESTA made its debut over the week of 20 - 28 October 2012, with large and small transitional projects providing a way for the public to creatively and immediately reoccupy and regenerate the central city. The main event of 2012 was LUXCITY, "a city of lights" that existed for one night on Saturday 20th October, while numerous other events encouraged the public to discover more about transitional buildings and urban projects in the central city.
- Contains 569 items in 14 collections
- FESTA 2013
- FESTA's main event for 2013 was a processional performance of the carnivalesque Canterbury Tales, led by Free Theatre Christchurch. The festival also delivered a full programme of talks, performances, events, projects and activities for all ages.
- Contains 806 items in 19 collections
- FESTA 2014: The Future Will Be Live
- The Future Will Be Live was the third iteration of FESTA, the Festival of Transitional Architecture. Alternative futures were explored through a multitude of projects, activities and events that took place throughout the central city and returned life and energy to Christchurch's heart.
- Contains 313 items in 18 collections