An annual festival held in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula to celebrate the heritage of our district.

Heritage Festival 2021

Applications are now open for Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021

The Heritage Festival will run from Saturday 9 to Monday 25 October (Labour Day) 2021.

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 June 2021.

If you have any queries email us at

The theme for 2021 is People and Place – our stories revealed

Here in Ōtautahi-Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū-Banks Peninsula, we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu and other iwi, European settlers, Pasifika and people of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made the district home. 

The Christchurch Heritage Festival allows us to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

This year’s theme is an opportunity to share stories that reflect the relationship of our diverse communities to places here in the Christchurch District or the wider Canterbury region.

To apply to run an event in the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021 you need to:

  • Complete the online application form(external link) – available until 11 June 2021. 
  • If you wish to apply for a grant to help run your event, complete the funding section of the application form. There is a contestable small grant fund available, with the usual award range between $100 to $2000.
  • Submit your event plan, including your health and safety plan. This should be completed first and then attached to your application.

If you have any queries about the application process or would like to discuss your idea for an event please get in touch at

Application information

Before applying, please read our:

Event plan information

This should be completed first and then attached to your application.

We look forward to working together with event providers to produce the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2021.