The Performing Arts Precinct is the city's outlet for creative performance, offering first-rate facilities for music, drama, dance and other performing arts.

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One of the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, the Performing Arts Precinct is being built in the block bounded by Armagh, Gloucester, Colombo and New Regent Streets.


Performing Arts Precinct map

Update: 4 May 2021

The search is on for a contractor to build the Court Theatre’s new central city home.

Christchurch City Council is calling for registrations of interest from contractors keen to take on the multi-million dollar project in the city’s Performing Arts Precinct.

Read more on Newsline.(external link)

Construction of the new Court Theatre is expected to begin in early 2022 and it is due to open in late 2023.

The preliminary design was released in May 2021 (see images below).

The concept design(external link) was released in November 2020 (see images below).


 A collective vision

The vision document

The Council and the Central Christchurch Development Unit jointly managed the development of the Performing Arts Precinct site before the disestablishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. 

They worked with a stakeholder group to develop a shared vision of what the Performing Arts Precinct could be.  

Rebuilding the Central City with the Performing Arts: The vision for the Performing Arts Precinct [PDF, 2.1 MB] describes the shared vision and aims to provide a picture in people's minds as to what the Precinct could be.

It picks up on themes from the Share an Idea campaign around activation, vibrancy, diversity, mixed uses, collaboration, and access for all.