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Christchurch to become icy city for Antarctic Festival

May 1, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Christchurch will undergo an icy transformation later this year as it prepares for NZ IceFest 2014, the biennial Antarctic Festival being held in the city from 26th September to 12th October.

NZ IceFest was established in 2012 and celebrates New Zealand’s and Christchurch’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.  Over a two-week period in the September/October school holidays, Christchurch city centre will host NZ IceFest 2014 and bring the world’s attention to the importance of the mysterious continent.

NZ IceFest 2014 will be located in a specially designed Hub in the centre of Christchurch. The Hub will be a destination in itself, providing a unique and quirky Antarctic experience, host speaker events, exhibitions and interactive kids’ activities.  By night it will transform with an Antarctic bar and live music. unnamed (2)

The headline exhibitions during NZ IceFest 2014 will be the Antarctica Time Travel Exhibition, which sends people on a time travel journey from 50 million years in the past to generations into the future through a series of zones reconstructed in a series of interconnecting shipping containers, located in the Hub.  This exhibition will be an immersive and interactive experience highlighting climate change and the important role Antarctica plays in a warming world.

NZ IceFest partner, Canterbury Museum, will host Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica an exhibition which will showcase some of the most innovative and progressive examples of contemporary architecture in Antarctica, such as the Halley VI Research Station (UK), Princess Elisabeth (Belgium), Bharati Research Station (India) and Jang Bogo (South Korean), in addition to a speculative design for a future research station to be entirely made from compacted snow (Denmark).

Christchurch will also play host to an Antarctic Arts Trail, taking people around the city to visit art galleries, cafes and outdoor spaces that will be hosting a series of visual art.

A comprehensive Antarctic Film Festival programme will also be developed, including feature length films as well as short films, covering a wide range of topics such as climate change to adventure and history.

New Zealand adventurers and television hosts Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald, made famous by TVNZ’s First Crossings, will be keynote speakers at NZ IceFest 2014. Biggar and Fitzgerald were the first Kiwis to walk the 1,200km journey to the South Pole unaided.

A popular event on the Festival calendar will be the Antarctic Air Day held at the Christchurch International Airport, a chance to go inside the planes that fly to Antarctica.

For more information go to www.nzicefest.co.nzFor more information about what to see and do in Christchurch go to: www.christchurchnz.com

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