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Diverse range of lunchtime performances on offer during festival.

Canterbury Showcase Series, 12.00pm to 1.00pm, Cathedral Square

Throughout the Showtime Canterbury festival visitors to Cathedral Square will be able to enjoy a diverse range of performances at lunchtimes.

The Puffins, Monday 3 November, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

The series kicks off with an entertaining show from outlandish and original pop band The Puffins. Fresh from their high profile appearances on Television One’s ‘Showcase’, the costume-clad, make up -wearing band promise a lively performance.

Culture Connection, Wednesday 5 November, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Christchurch’s diverse ethnic heritage is celebrated with Culture Connection, an event mixing performances, displays, hands-on activities and food sampling. Culture Connection, an annual event, is particularly popular with children who can learn to say ‘hello’ in Dutch, try on a sari and learn an African dance.

Cathedral Grammar School Choristers, Friday 7 November, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Cathedral Grammar School has educated every chorister for the Christchurch Cathedral since 1881. The boys have won national and international recognition for their performances for world dignitaries and for their renditions of national anthems at sports events. The mixed choir led by Headmaster Richard Couper, will sing a variety of traditional and popular songs.

Fiddlesticks, Monday 10 November, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Fiddlesticks, twice winners of the instrumental section of the Golden Guitar awards, have been described as lively and imaginative musicians. Their music encompasses country, blues, jazz, Irish and rock and their performance style is pure energy and fun.

Torres, Wednesday 12 November, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Latin American band Torres bring their mixture of traditional Latin Caribbean music from Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico to the heart of Christchurch. Torres features Gerrardo Torres on lead vocals and a full line up of keyboards, bass, drums, backing vocalists, guitar plus a six piece horn section. The band performs a variety of styles including salsa, merengue, cumbia, punta, rock jazz and cha cha cha.

Scared Scriptless, Thursday 13 November, 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Ace improvisers, Scared Scriptless, will have their audience clutching at their sides as they weave hilarious stories using the audience’s suggestions for situations, locations, characters and scenes. Neither the audience nor the actors have a clue what’s going to happen next.

NB: There will no lunchtime concert on Show Day, Friday 13 November.

For further information contact:

Katie Macbeth, Showtime Canterbury publicity co-ordinator, phone 941 8495,

fax 941 8262 or email (

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