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Christchurch Arts Centre, 2006 and 2014

Christchurch Arts Centre, 2006 and 2014

In 2006 (left) the Christchurch Arts Centre occupied the Gothic stone buildings that housed the University of Canterbury before its move to Ilam in the 1970s. The centre had become a major tourist attraction, with shops, galleries, theatres, cinemas, bars, cafés and a weekend craft and produce market. The buildings were badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and the activities on site ceased. However, the community was committed to reviving the Arts Centre, and in 2014 (right) the centre was heavily involved in raising funds and restoring some of the buildings.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - Central Christchurch', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015