|15 December 2000|
Big Canty Weekend Starts
Canterburys biggest party will start tonight in Cathedral Square to mark the 150th anniversary of the province.
The 1850 Ball, with many guests in period costume, will start at 8pm in Victoria Square. Dignitaries will be led by the Governor General, Sir Michael Hardie Boys, and the Mayor, Garry Moore.
Tickets are still available at $45 and, if not sold earlier, some will be available at the door.
Tomorrow, Saturday 16 December, Canterbury Showcase of music through the ages will be held in Cathedral Square from 8pm to 9.50pm before the Son et Lumiere event, called "Turning Point i mua: a muri," will be staged.
This will be an extravaganza of sound and light during which Canterburys historical highlights will be recalled. A cast of hundreds will be seen along with various vehicles, including weather permitting - a helicopter.
On Sunday, 17 December, a Civic Service will be held in the Square at 10am at which a variety of music will be performed. The Governor General will attend and a statue of the Risen Christ will be unveiled in front of the Cathedral. The service will also be relayed from a giant scene in the Square. Afterwards the Grand Parade A Living History will start from the Square at 10.45am. This will make its way to the Botanic Gardens with colour, costumes, pageantry and music.
At the Gardens a Victorian Garden Party will be held from noon to 5pm. Entertainment will be provided all afternoon along with the sights and sounds of Victorian times.
Visitors are encouraged to take picnics or food will be for sale.
All events, except The 1850 Ball, are free.
Further information: Rae Finlay, CEO: 379 2008 or 025 542 000.