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25.11 2023

What’s On at The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

25 November 2023 12:00pm - 6:00 pm
/ Join us at the D Lawn in the Arts Centre for an afternoon of amazing performances from amazing Ōtautahi artists and musicians..
The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

Te Roopu Tūhono

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 12 Noon

Te Roopu Tūhono kapa haka group from Skillwise performance.

Melanesian Mini-Fest!

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 12:30 – 1.25pm

Canterbury Vanuatu Association, South Island Solomon Islands Association, and Canterbury Papua New Guinea.

A range of cultural dancing and music from multiple provinces across the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu

Showstoppers – The Showbiz Singers

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When:1.30pm – 1.55pm

Showstoppers is Showbiz Christchurch’s no audition, musical theatre choir of around 40 singers. Formed two years ago, they have presented concerts for our sponsors Ryman Healthcare Villages over a limited season each year. At the Block Party Showstoppers will present a selection of choral versions of musical theatre songs representing a range of musicals from different eras.

Poets on the Block!

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 2.00pm – 2.25pm

Catalyst is a literary arts journal published in Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha – the ‘Bewildering Plains’ of Waitaha/Canterbury, in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Publishing poetry, fiction, experimental writing as well as artwork, design and spoken word recordings on CD from around New Zealand and the world. For the Block Party, Catalyst will present Doc Drumheller, Ciaran Fox, Melanie McKerchar, Andy Coyle, and Ray Shipley reading original work.

Lucy Gray

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 2.30pm – 2.55pm

Upcoming artist Lucy Gray is a performer, singer and songwriter from Ōtautahi, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently studying at Hagley School of Music. Her writing is inspired by alternative pop, pop, alternative rock & indie styles, with Lucy finding a personal harmony in the less orthodox melodic & conceptual tropes usually associated with these genres. She released in 2023 three singles ‘pretty’, ‘coffee breath’ and ‘not fair’. With public support for her music growing, ‘pretty’ was placed on the NZ Hot New Singles Chart at #19.

Lee Martin

Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 3.00pm – 3.25pm

Lee Martin is a Christchurch-based singer/songwriter who has been impacting the music scene with her thought-provoking lyrics and storytelling writing style. In 2022, Lee released her sophomore album “Gypsy Soul” which went straight to the Top 20 New Zealand Official music charts and has received international attention from radio and press alike. Martin is an old soul with a versatile writing style that allows her to cross genres as she glides easily between Soul, folk, rock, blues, and country, all the while maintaining her unique sound.

Mellow Studios

Where:  The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 3.30pm – 3.55pm

Marley Sola and wife, Honor, began Mellow Studios in July 2021 sitting in Coffee Culture at Bayfair in Tauranga. Marley and Honor’s vision for the studio is to build a safe space for tamariki, rangatahi and adults alike, to express, heal and learn about their voices and artistry.  For the Block Party, Mellow Studios are presenting performances by Flynn Adamson and Thursday Collective.


Where: The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 4.30pm – 5.20pm

Christchurch-based artist K.E.I (pronounced key) has been making a name for herself in the local live scene, selling out her first ever headlining show at the Darkroom in November of 2022. K.E.I brings a fierce and energising performance to any stage, channelling her greatest inspirations such as Silk Sonic, Jordan Rakei, Gin Wigmore and J. Cole. In 2021, K.E.I worked with the likes of KIMBRA after placing in the Top 12 of TVNZ’s Popstars. Some of her most significant performances to date include headlining the Go Live! Festival, opening for PAGE on the Christchurch leg of her tour, and performing with the Levites at Galatos. As a prolific songwriter and producer, K.E.I likes to visualise her songs from the stage backwards; and uses Ableton live to create both the vocal and instrumental parts of her music.

The E.C.H.O

Where:  The D-LAWN at the Arts Centre Market Square

When: 5.30pm – 5.55pm

The E.C.H.O is a guitar-featured rock band with an electrifying combination of precision drum beats and deadly bass lines that will send shivers down your spine!


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