How the Council is enlivening places

As part of the Enliven Places Programme, the Council delivers temporary projects that transform empty or underutilised spaces into vibrant and inventive areas in the central city and suburbs.

kids running under balloons A variety of artistic, social engagement, greening and wayfinding projects in collaboration with local communities to support activities and entertainment have been completed, and contribute to, Christchurch's unique sense of place.

Our latest project is ShoPOP

Three empty shop fronts have been transformed by artists in the city centre. Learn more about ShoPOP and how you can find these displays.

A selection of past projects

Central City Mural 2017

We asked the people of Christchurch to tell us what they wanted to see in a new Central City mural - and over 5,000 people got involved!

Watch Councillor Dion Swiggs ask the city for their input(external link)

Over a two week timeframe, onlookers marvelled as the design they chose came to life.  Watch the video below to see Brandon Warrell paint his design onto the wall of the Ibis Hotel in Hereford Street.

No Place Like Home 2017

Artist Flox created a vibrant and colourful mural to celebrate the opening of the Lichfield Car Park and Plymouth Lane.

Read about how Flox delivered this mural(external link)

Streets for People 2017

Streets for People was a large central city street party filled with family fun. It attracted 22,000 people back into the city to enjoy market stalls, food trucks, free entertainment and live music.

The event also served to encourage neighbourhoods to have their own party and set the ground work for a simplified street closure process.

Learn more about how to hold a street party with your neighbours.

Tiny Huts Design Competition 2016

The New Brighton Tiny Huts Design Competition invited people from near and far to submit their designs for small temporary structures that would attract and delight passers-by, capture people’s imagination, and inspire people to visit or to learn more about New Brighton. 

124 unique designs were submitted which were displayed at a public exhibition where people could vote on their favourites. The 5 winning designs spent the summer being enjoyed by visitors and the local community in New Brighton.

Past projects gallery

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ShoPOP

Projects that have transformed empty spaces into vibrant and inventive spaces.