Tiny Fest brings dance, music, performance art and fringe theater to Chch

Sally Stockwell will present her new show


Sally Stockwell will present her new show ‘We have so much to talk about’ at Tiny Fest in Christchurch.

Tiny Fest returns to Christchurch after a year’s absence to fill the void left by the lack of a parallel festival and contemporary dance event in the city.

The arts festival will run from November 26-28 and will bring performance art, dance, music, spoken word and fringe theater to Christchurch.

Co-producer Virginia Kennard said the recent loss of the Christchurch Arts Festival adds to the lack of performance events in the city.

“Christchurch no longer has a fringe festival or dance festival, so there is a big void in the city,” she said.

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“There has to be something for the grassroots and artists like me to aim for.”

The full program for the festival will be released on Tuesday, but Kennard said the lineup will include new work from Christchurch choreographers Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski, Auckland performance artist Alexa Wilson, writer Hohepa Waitoa, by dance artist Alice Weber and actress. Sally Stockwell.

Christchurch dancers and choreographers Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski will perform at Tiny Fest.


Christchurch dancers and choreographers Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski will perform at Tiny Fest.

The Alice Weber Show Solo for a body is taught to New Zealand artists via Zoom. Weber is based in Sydney and is unable to travel to New Zealand for the festival.

Kennard said that due to the pandemic, many talented artists were now based in New Zealand and could present new work at the festival.

“We are really excited.

“The global pandemic means Christchurch is full of artists who wouldn’t normally be here.”

The festival first took place in Christchurch in 2019, but did not take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and funding issues.

Kennard said the festival would continue regardless of the Covid alert level. The festival would transition to online live streaming at Tiers 3 and 4. All performances will be streamed live regardless of the alert level.

“We want this to happen. We see shows being postponed two years in a row. We don’t want to do that.

She said the festival’s title came from the concentrated nature of the event, which will host 21 consecutive shows over just two and a half days.

But the name also refers to the gap between audiences and performers at the shows, which will be held in Little Andromeda and smaller spaces at Christchurch Town Hall.

“It will never be in a traditional theater. It’s up close and personal. There is a small gap between the audience and the performers.