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In 2018 the festival is in its 12th year and is running over Labour Weekend from October 19-22

Registrations are now open for big bands!

It’ll be a great weekend with even more new and exciting  venues hosting big bands in downtown Christchurch. As well as tonnes of free performances there’ll be workshops, concerts, and chances to party, dance and jam to the music of big band players from around NZ and beyond…

Summary of the 2017 Festival

Daily free performances at locations around the tram line by big bands from around the South Island. Events included 4 jazz workshops (open to anyone), a big band ball (featuring 5 bands), public performances, an opening concert by the All Girl Big Band featuring female artists through the decades,  and a closing gala concert by Symposium featuring 10 stunning local vocalists!




Download your full gig guide pdf here! BigBandFest 2017 Schedule


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