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Necessary Traditions Festival

Necessary Traditions Festival

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  • Sat 10 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 11 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 5:00pm


The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults, entire weekend: $55.00
  • Adults, one day: $28.75
  • Children aged 10 to 18: $17.25
  • Children aged 5 to 9: $11.50
  • Children aged under 5: $0.00



The Necessary Traditions festival is a celebration that's very new and different, yet as old as time.

Held in November at the Arts Centre of Christchurch, Te Matatiki Toi Ora, and hosted by Rekindle, the festival is a celebration of resourcefulness, craft and the re-invigoration of traditions vital to the sustainability of our people and planet.

Its Main Event, on 10 and 11 November 2018, showcases more than 40 skilled, resourceful craftspeople who will demonstrate how and share why they do their work.

The weekend's traditions and craftspeople include beeswax candle making by Jeff Robinson; blacksmithing by Chris Daube; bookbinding by Sandy Corbett; boot/shoe making by Louise Ayling; boot/shoe making by Louise Clifton of Shoe School; buttonhole hand-sewing and darning by Steven Park of 6×4; ceramics with local pigments and clays by Tatyanna Meharry; doll making by Hilary Jean Tapper; felting by Simone Bensorp of Wild Felt; fine woodworking by the Centre for Fine Woodworking; foraging by Peter Langlands; greenwood garden rake making by Greg Quinn; growing your own food by Angela Clifford; hand block printing by Kuva Zakheim.

Heritage earthbuilding by Kerry Mulligan; knitting and spinning by the Spinners and Weavers Guild; kintsugi repair by Yuka O’Shannessy and Yoko Shimoyama, of An Astute Assembly; kuksa and spoon carving by Alex Yerks from the United States; letterpress and typesetting by Ferrymead Printing Society; mandolin making by David Simpson; mutual aid networks by Gen de Spa; pin-hole photography and camera obscura by Stefan Roberts; preserving the season’s bounty by Kate McMillan; rag rug making by Vita Cochran from Sydney; raranga harakeke weaving by Benita Wakefield and whānau.

Refurbishing jewellery by Jacky Morren; repair, refurbishment and recycling of e-technology by Alan Liefting; sewing from reused cloth by Sylvia Houston; soap making by Anthea Madill; spoon carving by Douglas Horrell of Cleft Craft; storytelling by Sharon Moreham; string making by Rekindle; sustainable household products by Samantha Fay; tī kōuka weaving by Rekindle; timebanking by Addington Timebank; traditional chair making by Richard Hare; upholstery by Nigel Cook; willow basket weaving by Peter Greer... and many more!

There will also be good music and local food.
The Main Event is from 10.00am to 5.00pm both days with last entries at 4.00pm.

Tickets are essential and can be bought online. Children aged under five are free.

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