Next event - Thursday 1 December 5pm - 9pm!

If you would like to be involved as a Sydenham based business, local market stall or food truck, get in touch now - email us at firstthursdays.chch at 

We will be putting out a call for submissions to our group exhibitions in the coming weeks. Follow us on facebook or keep an eye on our blog to stay in the loop.

The theme for our summer event will be released soon! We are still discussing and thinking about it with our partners top online casino .

How do users find the perfect thing to do on gambling sites?

You'll soon be seeing our brochures and maps out and about and around Sydenham. Grab yourself a map and get familiar with what's taking place on the night!

First Thursdays Christchurch is a festival for gamblers

Something wonderful this way comes! First Thursdays Christchurch invites you to ABRACADABRA - join us for a magical night of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, music, markets and more - we invite you to explore and be enchanted by Sydenham.

Art galleries and shops at The Colombo and throughout Sydenham will be open late, as well as numerous pop up exhibitions featuring work by local and national artists. With ABRACADABRA as our theme, come and be whisked away for the night by fae folk, installations and artistic acts of alchemy and transformation! There’s something for everyone!

We’ll be posting more about what to expect in the lead up to the event. Keep an eye on our blog or facebook page for details.


Our next event will be taking place in winter 2016. 

ABRACADABRA will invite artists and local businesses to channel magic, alchemy and illusion to brighten up mid-winter.

Come and get enchanted by Sydenham and the arts!


Thursday 3rd December 2015 - Sydenham - 5:00-9:00pm

Who We Are

The Social

The Social a collective of artists engaged in a practice of interactive and site specific works. The Social aims to create opportunities for artists, encourage public engagement with contemporary art and create conversations and connections between artists, the public and the city at large. 

Arts Voice Christchurch

Arts Voice Christchurch is an independent arts advocacy group. We’re here to make sure the arts become an essential part of the new city, whether it is visual and performing arts, film and music or multi-media and crafts.