WORD Christchurch Festival new dates: 28 October – 1 November 2020

May 8, 2020

An important announcement from WORD


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 A very warm greeting to all our audience and supporters. We hope you are all keeping well in these strange and difficult times.

With everything that has been developing in relation to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we at WORD have been forced to rethink our schedule of events and how we can best serve our audience, our city, and New Zealand’s literary community.

It is clear that our international festival can no longer go ahead as planned in August. Instead we are devising a new, grass roots, festival programme to be held from 28 October – 1 November. We will showcase New Zealand writers and books, with a particular focus on supporting writers and readers in Christchurch. This means you’ll see many of our favourite festival fixtures, such as free family events, the New Regent Street Pop-Up and the Great WORD Debate, but the overall festival will be more intimate.

The biennial WORD Christchurch Festival will now take place in August 2021 and we hope to be able to welcome our international writers back. Whatever happens, things will not be the same, and we will embrace the challenge of finding new and innovative ways to do what we do best – delivering world class literary festivals and events.

We appreciate the support from our audiences who turn out to events large and small and who understand that words are important, world-changing, provocative and comforting.

If you would like to support the work we do by making a donation or signing up as a patron or supporter, please read our other announcement here.

Mark your diaries…

28 October to 1 November 2020.

*We are closely following Ministry of Health guidelines regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and will make any adjustments we need to, including on just how we deliver the events to our audience, ensuring the safety of everyone.

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