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Christchurch City Council Media Release

Cantabrians gear up to ‘show off the province’.

Showtime Canterbury, 1 to 16 November 1997

Cantabrians are gearing up for a fortnight of events and activities aimed at showing off the region to visitors and celebrating the province’s uniqueness.

Showtime Canterbury, one of the South Island’s largest festivals, encompasses major events such as the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show, the Canterbury Draught New Zealand Cup Carnival and the DB Draught New Zealand Trotting Cup Carnival - all of which take place within the first two weeks of November and attract a significant number of visitors to the region. The festival aims to enhance the stay of visitors with numerous other events and give Cantabrians the opportunity to celebrate the special qualities of their province.

From street parties and fashion extravaganzas to marathons and spectacular fireworks displays, Showtime Canterbury is the perfect time for visitors to experience just what makes the province such a wonderful place. Festival co-ordinator, Steve Horsley says “It’s a really special time for the region. Cantabrians are well known for being staunchly proud of their province and the festival is all about expressing that pride through activities such as sports, arts and entertainment.”

In addition to the three feature events, other festival highlights include the AMP City of Christchurch Triathlon, the Running of the Rams, a jazz cabaret featuring students of the Christchurch Polytech Jazz School, a ‘work in progress’ exhibition of sculpture in central Christchurch, the NZ Greyhound Racing Championship Cup and a showcase concert series featuring top Canterbury musicians.

1997 marks the second year of the festival. Showtime Canterbury brochures giving details of all events, will be available in early October.

For further information contact the

Showtime Canterbury Publicity Co-ordinator: Katie Macbeth,

ph (03) 941 8495, fax (03) 941 8262, email

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