Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival (Heritage Week) is on its way, and we’re pleased to announce that this year’s theme is Encounter Our Stories as we bring together a wide range of community events and activities from 7 to 28 October.

Encounter our stories

The theme ties in with the Tuia – Encounters 250 commemorations taking place around the country this year, marking 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here in Ōtautahi/Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu, the European settlers, Pasifika and people of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made the city home. 

The Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

Event applications have now closed

Thanks to everyone who sent us their applications. We will be in touch with applicants before 30 June.

Check back late-August to see the range of events that will be part of this year's heritage festival.

If you have any questions please email

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Beca Heritage Week 2018

It was fantastic to see so many heritage events running across the city, Banks Peninsula and Selwyn during Beca Heritage Week 2018. 

For an overview of last year's festival see the Beca Heritage Week 2018 event summary [PDF, 5 MB].