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Christchurch Arts Festival: Imaginary Cities


Sun 30 Aug 2015, 12:00pm–1:15pm

Where: The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • All Session Pass (7 sessions): $115.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: CHCHArtsFest

In association with WORD Christchurch, Shifting Points of View presents new ways of looking at the world: for the curious and inquisitive, for lovers of books and current affairs, and with an exciting line up of local and international writers and commentators who just might change your mind.

Shifting Points of View: Imaginary Cities
Fiona Farrell, Anna Smaill, Hugh Nicholson, Hamish Clayton, chaired by Lara Strongman

Taking the Christchurch blueprint as a starting point, the panel looks at ways we imagine cities; either in fiction, in history, or in contemporary life, whether as utopias or dystopias … cities imagined or reimagined.

Fiona Farrell’s new non-fiction book Villa at the Edge of Empire addresses fundamental questions proposed by any map: Where am I? How did we get here? Where do we go now? Anna Smaill’s The Chimes is set in the musical dystopia of an alternative London; Hamish Clayton’s The Pale North features a post-quake reimagined Wellington, and Hugh Nicholson is principal adviser urban design at the Christchurch City Council. Chaired by Lara Strongman, senior curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery.

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