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Christchurch City Council Media Release 12 September, 1998

Fortnight of festivities to showcase Canterbury.

Showtime Canterbury, 31 October to 15 November 1998

Canterbury is preparing up a fortnight of events and activities which will showcase the best that the region has to offer in sports, arts, fashion, cuisine, entertainment, culture and attractions.

Centred around the long-held DB Draught Trotting Cup Carnival, the Canterbury Agricultural Show and the Canterbury Draught New Zealand Cup, Showtime Canterbury has evolved over the past few years into one of the largest festivals in the South Island. The three feature events attract thousands of people to the region and have been the inspiration for many of the other activities which take place across the fortnight.

The two national Cup meetings which attract racing enthusiasts from as far afield as Australia and Asia are complemented by meetings at Ashburton, Kaikoura and Banks Peninsula. Other sporting highlights include the Bell Tea South Island 3 Day Event, the AMP 1998 Triathlon, the Flight Centre Canterbury Marathon, rounds one and two of the Shell Super Max Cricket competition, the Fowler Memorial Christchurch to Hanmer Road Race for cyclists and golf tournaments in Kaikoura and Templeton.

Entertainment is in no short supply during Showtime Canterbury. Events include the popular Export Gold Street Party, the Canterbury Showcase Series, the New Brighton Carnival and Guy Fawkes Fireworks Extravaganza, Last Night of the Proms, Bill Bailey Live, the Gala Cup Ball, the Heartbeat Charity Tattoo, a battle of the bands competition and fashion shows.

Christchurch’s two main galleries will be exhibiting works by both renowned and up and coming Canterbury artists. One of the exhibitions, Forty out of Forty, looks at 40 years of Canterbury painting from 1958 to 1998 with each year represented by one work.

While the festival is a time for Cantabrians to celebrate the special qualities of their province, Showtime Canterbury also enhances the stay of visitors to the region. The buzz of all the activities taking place and the hot Nor’ West weather which is traditional in November lends the festival a unique atmosphere and ensures a memorable time.




For further information contact the Publicity Co-ordinator: Katie Macbeth,

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

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