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Welcome to the Christchurch Big Band Festival webpage. We’re glad you visited!

In 2017 the festival will run over Labour Weekend from October 20-23

The 11th Christchurch Big Band Festival will run over Labour Weekend 2017. There will be free performances all around town by big bands from all around New Zealand from youth to the not-so-young, and includes professionals, community and youth bands. Events include jazz workshops (open to anyone), a big band ball (featuring 7 bands), public performances and a gala concert.


If you’re a band leader, please register your band here for 2017.


 

2016 was the 10 year anniversary of the ChCh Big Band Festival – a fabulous time to be celebrating and enjoying live big band jazz music. Last year’s programme is below, and this year’s exciting new programme is under development!

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 Check out the latest news here

 


 

The Christchurch Big Band Festival has been organised and run by a committee of volunteers from local Big Bands and groups with common interest since 2007. It is currently run in collaboration with The Christchurch Jazz Foundation Trust which was formed in 2015 and is a Charitable Trust. Read more.


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Come and join us for a Big Band Extravaganza on 27 August where we are raising funds to support the Rodger Fox Big Band in their effort to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Rodger and his band members have done a lot to support us here in Christchurch and we wanted to show how grateful we are by making a contribution to their tour fund.

The Extravaganza is being held on Sunday 27 August at Blue Smoke in The Tannery at 3 Garlands Rd from 12.20pm right through to 5.30pm. The following bands will feature in a fantastic afternoon of big band jazz.

12.20 Chisnallwood Intermediate Big Band
12.50 All Girl Big Band
1.40 River City Jazzmen
2.30 Garden City Big Band
3.20 Rangi Ruru Big Band
3.50 Ellesmere Big Band
4.40 Sideline Swing

Entry will be by a minimum of a $10 donation (but more happily accepted for this good cause!) and there will be food and drink available for purchase at the bar.

Please spread the word amongst all your friends and family - it will be a wonderful afternoon and your support will be so appreciated
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Big Band Extravaganza fundraiser

August 27, 2017, 12:20pm - August 27, 2017, 5:30pm

Come and join us for a Big Band Extravaganza on 27 August where we are raising funds to support the Rodger Fox Big Band in their effort to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Rodger and hi...

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ONZA presents Sing, Dance and Play, A Taste of Orff

August 5, 2017, 1:00pm - August 5, 2017, 5:00pm

Orff Schulwerk offers a holistic approach to music education. It integrates singing, speech activities, movement, folk dance and the!playing of percussion instruments to encourage active music making....

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