Things to do  |  13 Dec 2021

One of Christchurch’s most loved events is returning to North Hagley Park after a one-year hiatus.

The classical music extravaganza Sparks will be held on Saturday 22 January 2022 with popular conductor David Kay making a return appearance with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and a dazzling fireworks finale.

“We are so excited this event is able to go ahead under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework protocols. The evening’s programme promises to be packed with creative cultural collaborations,” says Council Events and Arts Manager Lucy Blackmore.

“We want people to be mindful that Sparks will be a fenced site this year and that we will have staff on board checking vaccine passports before entry for people aged 12 years and three month or older. Please allow extra time for entry and be patient with those checking the passes – we all want to have a fun and safe night of entertainment.”

The theme for 2022 is ‘travelling through the ages’ and attendees are encouraged to plan a picnic, grab a rug, and come with a group to enjoy traditional classics, modern day favourites and a few surprises in between. Bag checks will be carried out to stop any glass entering the site.

People can purchase food and drink from a wide range of food trucks onsite and for those being dropped off at the free event, which runs from 6.30pm-9.30pm, there will be a drop-off point on Park Terrace outside The Cathedral Grammar School.

A shuttle service will run every 15 minutes between 4 and 6.30pm, leaving from the Bus Exchange (Lichfield Street side) and dropping people off outside Christ's College (Rolleston Avenue).

The Botanic Gardens Armagh Street carpark will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm but there are thousands of carparks available in the central city, which can be found using this interactive map

Bike stands will be located in Hagley Park opposite the roundabout over the Armagh Street and mobility parking is available on Chester Street West (off Park Terrace.)

Numbers to the site will be limited to ensure safety, with staff monitoring the amount of people within the contained area during the evening.

The 2021 concert didn't go ahead due to the Covid-19 2020 lockdown occurring during crucial planning time. Instead Symphony in the City was held, with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra performing at three smaller shows in Victoria Square.

Check out the What's On listing.