Help us light up the city

The Enliven Places Programme is seeking ideas and designs to ‘light up the city’ over the winter period. There are a number of ways you can get involved.

1. Open category design competition

This is your opportunity to showcase your artistic or written talents in a unique way. We are seeking designs that can be projected onto footpaths and public spaces for everybody to see and enjoy.

The theme:  What I love about Christchurch

This is your opportunity to show us what you love about Christchurch. You can submit a poem, text, design or a drawing. Simple black and white designs work best.

A few colour designs will be selected but must only use a maximum of three colours.

Why get involved?

Winning designs will be showcased on one of the ten projectors for a limited time over the winter period to help light up the city.

If your design is selected you will receive a $100 central city voucher

Gobo Lighting(external link)

Entry details

More information, template and how to submit your design [PDF, 429 KB].

Entries open Friday 15 March and close 5pm Friday 12 April 2019.

Application and artwork can be emailed to as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file at a high resolution.

Alternatively, printed copies can be posted to:

Christchurch City Council
C/O Laura Quaid, Urban Regeneration
PO Box 73016
Christchurch 8154

All artwork or text must be your own original work.                        

2. Specialist category design competition

Lighting Installation Vivid Sydney(external link)

We are seeking proposals from specialist lighting professionals for the design and installation of an innovative and interactive lighting display for the central city. 

The winning lighting display will use the latest technology to create a display that is engaging and interactive.

Why get involved?

The finalist will be chosen by public vote and the display will be installed in either a laneway, on a central city wall or in one of the city’s public spaces.

The winning design will receive support to deliver their design and a $2,000 design prize.

Entry details

More information, design and evaluation criteria and how to submit your design [PDF, 1.5 MB].

Entries open Friday 15 March and close 5pm Friday 12 April 2019.

For any further questions, email 

Specialist category timeline

Request for proposals

15 March to 12 April

The Council’s Enliven Places Programme is seeking proposals for the design and construction of one interactive lighting display to be located in the core of the Central City over the 2019 winter period. You will have just over four weeks to create your proposal. All details are outlined in the request for proposal document. 

Panel review

16 April to 18 April

All proposals will be evaluated by a review panel to ensure the proposal meets the design and evaluation criteria. The panel will select the top three designs in the specialist category for a Facebook vote. 

Public vote

29 April to 6 May

The top three designs from the specialist category will be posted on Facebook for public vote. The design with the most likes will be delivered. 

Winners announced

7 May to 10 May

The winning installation will be announced on Facebook. The Council will work with the designer to finalise the details of the installation. 

Building and installation

13 May to 28 June

The winning designer will have six weeks to build and install their installation.