August 20, 2021

After being forced to postpone this week’s Festival, which featured 80+ events and 150 speakers, WORD Christchurch is pleased to announce that the event will go ahead at a later date: 10–13 November 2021 (that’s Show Weekend for Cantabrians). The festival will not run on Sunday 14 November due to a major event in the area already scheduled.

The WORD team has secured the venues, and is now in the process of checking speakers’ schedules. The new programme will be released soon.

“We moved quickly and decisively to postpone the festival once the first lockdown was extended last week, and we absolutely did the right thing,” says WORD Christchurch programme co-director Rachael King. “This new programme may be slightly scaled back, but as much as possible will retain the events that our audience has booked for, so there will be as little disruption as possible.”

“We’re proud of our 2021 programme, and we are grateful to the writers and everyone else who has been very supportive of turning this around.”

All tickets purchased will be eligible for a refund. The ticketing agencies will be in touch with all purchasers once the times and dates for the revised programme are finalised. You will be offered the chance to transfer your tickets or be fully refunded. We ask for your patience while we work through the process.

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