Friday 22 February 2019 – Earthquake Commemorations

Friday 22 February 2019 is the eighth anniversary of the 2011 quake. There are events to commemorate those we lost; and places where the community can come together to reflect and remember.

Memorial Service at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial - Friday 22 February 2019

The eighth anniversary of the February 2011 quake that killed 185 people will be marked with a civic memorial service. The service will take place on the north bank of Oi Manawa – the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial – at 12.30pm on Friday, 22 February. All are welcome to attend. The service has been developed in collaboration with the Quake Families Trust.

River of Flowers Earthquake Commemorations on Friday 22 February 2019

Thx 4 the Memories / Medway River of Flowers

  • 11am: Opening of 'Thx 4 the Memories' Exhibition at Retreat Reserve by Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
  • In 2013 an exhibition of photos and stories of the people of Avonside created by UC Fine Arts Dept with support from Avonside Blog was displayed down Worcester Boulevard. This will now be on Retreat Reserve (cnr Retreat Rd and Patten St) on a semi-permanent basis; 24 panels will be rotated on 12 display boards along the fence line. Signage will also acknowledge the importance of the reserve as a neighbourhood gathering place following the quakes.
  • The opening will be followed by a free community BBQ and an opportunity to review the exhibition and meet the creators and perhaps some of those featured. Then at 12:15pm, people will be invited to join a walk through the Avonside red zone to the Medway Bridge Memorial on the Avonside bank opposite Medway Street for a simple ceremony.
  • 12:45pm: River of Flowers, with a minute's silence at 12:51pm.
  • Local schools will be participating in both ceremonies. All are welcome to either or both events.

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River of Flowers Earthquake Commemoration

The Avon Loop Planning Association invites you to gather at The Bricks, corner of Barbadoes Street and Oxford Terrace, for a low-key earthquake commemoration on Friday 22 February from 12.30pm. Please bring a flower to be cast into the river. This is an opportunity to remember and reconnect with your community. Everyone is welcome to refreshments afterwards at the Avon Loop Community Cottage.

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Information from the River of Flowers page on Facebook.

Flowers on the Avon, River Road, Flickr CCL-2012-02-22-IMG_1173
Flowers on the Avon, River Road, Flickr CCL-2012-02-22-IMG_1173

CTV Memorial

The Memorial on the former CTV site on the corner of Madras and Cashel Streets opened as a space for reflection and commemoration on 22 February 2018. 115 people lost their lives in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building.

185 Chairs - Earthquake Remembrance Art Installation

Some people find this a place of contemplation and remembrance. The 185 chairs installation was created by artist Peter Majendie and is currently located on the corner of Madras and Cashel Streets.

185 white chairs - Madras Street
185 chairs. Flickr 2017-02-22-IMG_8626

Earthquakes and Butterflies (Friday 22 February 6pm and 8.30pm at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral)

EARTHQUAKES & BUTTERFLIES is being reworked for the 8th anniversary of the February 22nd Christchurch 2011 earthquakes. Last year there were 7 performances of a physical theatre version of Kathleen Gallagher's novel, using the style of object metaphor where cardboard tubes echoing the materials of the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral suggested the earthquake landscape. This year there will be two performances on the day of the anniversary.  This year's production has been edited and directed by Martin Howells and the physical score is being reworked with Christchurch choreographer Fleur de Thier.  It is a different take on the work which builds on last year's presentation.

Find out more about performances and tickets.


Earthquakes and Butterflies Art Exhibition (7 to 28 February at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral)

There will be a Fine Art exhibition to coincide with the Earthquakes and Butterflies performance. Artists Jane Zustersopens a new windowMichael Armstrong opens a new windowand Rua Pickopens a new window will be displaying selected pieces by invitation at the Cardboard Cathedral. The artworks will be available to view during hours when the cathedral is open to the public.

Find out more.

Oi Manawa Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial
Oi Manawa Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial. Flickr 2017-02-22-IMG_8702

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