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Arts Organisation

Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre

Architecture, Arts Access, Craft & Object, Music, Performance, Visual Arts

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi, Te Matatiki Toi Ora is an Aotearoa landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, eateries and bars, events, creative and educational organisations, hireable venues, accommodation and much more. It’s remarkable Gothic Revival style buildings provide space where arts, culture, education and creativity can thrive. Te Matatiki Toi Ora has a lively events programme featuring regular concerts, exhibitions, festivals, workshops, activities and more, providing stimulation and entertainment for all.

Positioned across a whole central city block, it houses New Zealand’s largest collection of category one listed historic buildings. The centre dates to 1877 when it housed Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury). It also originally housed Christchurch Girls’ High and Christchurch Boys’ High schools. Since 1978 it has been The Arts Centre, an independent charitable trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors.

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