4 Aug 2022

A three-year programme is under way to establish Ōtautahi Christchurch as a world capital of urban play.

The programme is being led by Gap Filler from its new Place of Play HQ in High Street and is aimed at making the city more memorable, equitable, sociable, diverse and fun.

Christchurch City Council and ChristchurchNZ are among the organisations partnering with Gap Filler on the programme.

Kate Kinnerty is the co-ordinator of Place of Play.

She says play has a magic ability to engage the senses, connect communities, prompt conversations and to create new ways of doing things.

“It’s just as important for adults to play as well as children,’’ says Kate. “Play allows us to imagine and find solutions for a future that is different to today.’’

Gap Filler’s Pae Tākaro Place of Play HQ in High Street will be a public shopfront for play in the city, with changing installations and exhibitions every six to eight weeks.

Upcoming Place of Play projects feature projection works, yarn bombs and a playful approach to a Council installation.

“It’s a really exciting programme, there are so many aspects to it, ‘’ says Kate.

“We will work with our partners to dream up projects, events and responses to what it means to play, for the benefit of this city as a whole and, of course, for its people.’’

People wanting to find out more can email kate@gapfiller.org.nz or drop into 153 High Street to talk with Kate on Tuesdays and Thursdays between midday and 2pm.