Necessary Traditions Festival 2018

We are SO excited about our festival Necessary Traditions which runs across a week from 8th to 17th November 2018, for the very first time. This event is based at the beautiful Arts Centre in central Ōtautahi Christchurch, and the festival programme comprises of:

  1. Thursday 8th November – Festival Opening & Pecha Kucha in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre
  2. Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November – Necessary Traditions the main event, you’ll see over 40 skilled people demonstrate their necessary traditions at the stunningly restored Arts Centre. Learn new resourceful skills, enjoy local food & good music, and find new inspiration.
  3. 10th to 17th November – Necessary Traditions Guest Speakers – Hear from botanists, ecologists & other tohunga about the history, use & health of local resources or taonga e.g. harakeke, tī kōuka, tōtara & other indigenous species, basket willow, water & land.
  4. Monday 12th to 17th November – Necessary Traditions Workshops – Learn from craftspeople in a vast array of classes. Bookings will be essential.

The main festival event across the weekend on the 10th & 11th is a ticketed event where you’ll see these skilled people demonstrate their necessary traditions at the stunningly restored Arts Centre –

Beeswax candle making by Jeff Robinson, Blacksmithing by Chris Daube, Bookbinding by Sandy Corbett, Boot/Shoe making by Louise Ayling, Boot/Shoe making by Louise Clifton of Shoe School, Buttonhole hand-sewing & Darning by Steven Park of 6×4, Ceramics with local pigments & clays by Tatyanna Meharry, Doll making by Hilary Jean Tapper, Dying with plants by Arina Terekhova of Blue Gum Fibres, Felting by Simone Bensorp of Wild Felt, Fine Woodworking by the Centre for Fine Woodworking, Foraging by Peter Langlands, Greenwood Garden Rake making by Greg Quinn, Growing your own food by Angela Clifford, Hand block printing by Kuva Zakheim, Heritage Earthbuilding by Kerry Mulligan, Knitting and spinning by the Spinners & Weavers Guild, Kintsugi repair by Yuka O’Shannessy & Yoko Shimoyama, An Astute Assembly, Kuksa & Spoon-carving by Alex Yerks from USA, Leatherwork by Peter OBrien of Village Leather Craft, Letterpress and Typesetting by Ferrymead Printing Society, Mandolin making by David Simpson, Music by Flora Knight & friends, Mutual Aid Networks by Gen de Spa, Pin-hole photography & Camera Obscura by Stefan Roberts, Preserving the season’s bounty by Kate McMillan, Rag Rug-making by Vita Cochran, Sydney, Raranga Harakeke Weaving by Benita Wakefield & whānau, Refurbishing jewellery by Jacky Morren, Repair, refurbishment, & recycling of e-technology by Alan Liefting, Sewing from reused cloth by Sylvia Houston, Soap-making by Anthea Madill, Spoon-carving by Douglas Horrell of Cleft Craft, Story-telling by Sharon Moreham, String-making by Rekindle, Sustainable Household products by Samantha Fay, Tī kōuka weaving by Rekindle, Timebanking by Addington Timebank, Traditional Chair-making by Richard Hare, Upholstery by Nigel Cook, Willow basket weaving by Peter Greer, and many more.

Huge gratitude to our festival supporters:


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