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Events & Exhibitions

Tīrama Mai Returns

Ngā Toi Māori

Tīrama Mai is the ultimate light festival experience based on Matariki in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Immerse yourself in a stunning display of light and sound that celebrates the Māori New Year and the coming of winter.

Reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the future with your whānau, while exploring a range of lighting installations, projections and illuminated artworks.

Bring your friends and whānau to experience the joy and wonder of Tīrama Mai together. Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate Matariki and the beauty of light with us.

Whakapapa – the genealogy that connects all things – is at the heart of Matariki, accounting for the way in which all things have been created, including the stars, earth, sky, oceans, rivers, elements, minerals, plants, animals and all people.

7 Jul to 15 Jul 2023
5pm to 10pm
Victoria Square
Cnr Colombo and Armagh Streets
Christchurch Central

Tirama Mai is proudly produced by Christchurch City Council. A huge thanks to our partners – The Hits, Dark Sky Project, Christchurch Airport, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, The Crowne Plaza and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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