Unveiling the Vibrant Canvas: Life in Vacant Spaces and the Summer Unfoldings

As the sun ascends high in the sky, ushering in the warmth of summer, Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) embarks on a bustling journey through Ōtautahi Christchurch. With each step, we paint the city's vacant spaces with colors of creativity and community engagement. It's high time to pour you a cup of excitement and bring you up to speed on the latest endeavors and upcoming adventures in our vibrant canvas of vacant spaces.

A Glimpse into Our Canvas:

Every stroke counts as we partner with Christchurch City Council to infuse life into the city's dormant corners. Here are some highlights that illuminate our path:
  • Over 1842 activation days have illuminated the Central City, breathing vitality into its veins.
  • Welcoming two new licenses: 231 High Street blossoms into a Community Tech Hub, while 160 Lichfield Street transforms into the home of Rad Bikes.
  • Nine LiVS Incubator projects incubate creative visions, nurturing them to fruition.
  • Proudly supporting partner projects like Watch This Space’s Little Street Art Festival and Arts Northern Rivers' Expansive Encounters 2023.

The Incubator: A Nest for Creativity:

Our LiVS Incubator stands as a beacon for creatives and communities alike, offering a sanctuary to nurture ideas into reality. Currently, our doors swing open, inviting passionate souls to join us in our quest. Tap into the potential of our 20ft container on Cashel Mall and let your imagination run wild. Explore the testimonials of past projects and envision your story unfolding within our incubator's walls.

Mark Your Calendars:

The rhythm of LiVS beats stronger as we announce the return of the Good Vibes Mākete on March 22nd, 2024. Held at the Roy Stokes Hall Creative Community Hub in New Brighton, this event promises an evening of surf, skate, and vibrant community spirit. Dive into the festivities, explore over 50 indoor vendors, and savor the flavors of local food trucks.

Art Windows: Painting Stories of Youth:

In the heart of Ōtautahi, Christchurch, windows don a new avatar as canvases for budding artists through LiVS Art Windows. Stay tuned as we unveil this transformation at the end of March, weaving tales of untapped talent and community spirit across the cityscape.

Celebrating Changemakers: The Kūmara Awards:

Nominate the unsung heroes shaping our public spaces for the Kūmara Awards. From community gardens to street art, these awards celebrate projects both big and small that breathe life into our neighborhoods. Let's honor the changemakers weaving the fabric of our vibrant communities.

Project Updates:

RAD Bikes finds a new home at 160 Lichfield Street, thanks to the generous support of Mackersy Property. Witness the wheels of change in motion as RAD Bikes continues its journey of empowerment.

Join Watch This Space Charitable Trust at the LiVS Incubator on 110 Cashel Street until February 28th, celebrating urban art and engagement. Dive into their captivating projects and explore the streets through a new lens.

Te Puna Auaha unfolds exciting developments as it relocates its tool library and enhances its outdoor workspace. Stay tuned for more updates as this transformative journey continues.

Sip on Inspiration:

As you savor the last sip of your cuppa, immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Life in Vacant Spaces. Anticipate the next chapter of our journey with bated breath, knowing that each stroke adds depth to our canvas of community engagement.

For regular updates, follow us on our social channels and visit our website. Let's paint the town with creativity and community spirit!
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Site brokers for creative Ōtautahi Christchurch. Connects owners of vacant land & buildings with people who have big ideas to fill those spaces.