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    What's coming up at the Aurora Centre? This page has details of upcoming events hosted at Burnside High School's Aurora Centre. Both school-based and outside events are featured.

    Please note that not all events are published - due to the nature of the booking.

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    Aurora Centre Events


    JUNE 2017

    North West Music Festival

    Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June 2017

    Tickets available from participating schools.

    JULY 2017

    Alex Williamson - Make the World a Banter Place

    Thursday 6 July - 8:00pm


    Presented by: Frontier Comedy

    “Overwhelmingly politically incorrect” (What’s Good, NZ) Alex Williamson knows how to Banter. Alex has smashed out a new live multimedia comedy show every year since he decided to channel the genius that has earned him 3 million social media followers, into writing and performing live shows. Darkly intelligent and crassly funny Shooter will bring his latest live offering Make The World A Banter Place to New Zealand – See what comedy looks like in the 21st Century!

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    The Canterbury West Coast Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ

    Wednesday 12 July and Thursday 13 July - from 8:00am

    Friday 14 July and Saturday 15 July - from 9:00am


    The Canterbury West Coast Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association of NZ  are holding the New Zealand Highland and National Dancing Championships for under 16 , Under 18 and 18 years and over age groups together with Junior age group events.

    This is a very prestigious Championship week involving competitors from all over NZ. There are 218 competitors registered.

    There is no fee to attend this gathering - just come and enjoy some wonderful dancing and piping.


    Burnside High School - School Production

    Beauty and the Beast 

    Thursday 20 July - 7:00pm

    Friday 21 July - 7:00pm

    Saturday 22 July - 7:00pm

    Sunday 23 July - 2:00pm Matinee

    Thursday 27 July - 7:00pm

    Friday 28 July - 7:00pm

    Saturday 29 July - 2:00pm Matinee


    Burnside High School, in conjunction with MTI Music Theatre International, is proud to announce its musical production of the Disney hit “Beauty and The Beast”. This classic tale is beloved by many and, having been re-released in cinemas this year proves to be enduring to the modern audience.

    The Burnside High School live stage version of ’Beauty and the Beast’ promises to be a fantastic show that everyone will enjoy. Directed by Broadway veteran, Ravil Atlas, Choreographed by Colette Inkster (Studio 42) and featuring a live band, costumes designed by WETA workshops and set design by NASDA, the show promises to be an audio and visual spectacular.

    Tickets available from the Burnside High School, Student Office.

    AUGUST 2017


    Tech Hub

    Thursday 3 August - 5:30pm


    Register online at to be included in the spot prize draw!

    SEPTEMBER 2017

    Takumi 10th Anniversary Concert

    Saturday 2 September - 7:00pm


    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    Presented by:  Christchurch Arts Festival

    Beyond Calligraphy

    Saturday 9 September - 7:00pm


    Guangdong Modern Dance Company

    “One of the big success stories of international dance…a pacesetter with a difference” – The New York Times

    A double-bill programme performed one night only and exclusive to Christchurch Arts Festival, Beyond Calligraphy highlights the exquisite grace and physicality of China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company.

    The award-winning work begins with Upon Calligraphy, developed fromthe stylistic essence of Chinese script styles; while Ink Wash Landscape pays homage to the spiritual essence of ink wash painting and reflects on the cold, emotionless mode of communication in the digital era. 
    Described as a ‘poem of movements’, Upon Calligraphy is comprises five dances named after the five different script styles in Chinese calligraphy.

    “… full of meditative grace, sharp, cut-crystal physicality and languid dignity” – Washington Post

    Ink Wash Landscape is a commentary on the cold, emotionless mode of communication in the digital era, which is resolved in balance and harmony between the water and ink.

    Choreographer: Liu Qi 
    Composer: Li Chin Sung

    Sponsored by China Southern Airlines

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or


    Tommy Emmanuel

    Tuesday 19 September - 8:00pm


    Presented by: New Zealand Entertainment Academy

    With Two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards and repeated honours in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll, Tommy Emmanuel has captivated his audiences as one of the most outstanding solo performers you will ever experience with a unique style . 

    Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. There’s a science to assembling the parts, and Emmanuel’s technical gift has earned him multiple awards. But the average fan could listen without even considering the precision behind the work, focusing instead on the artful tension and release of Emmanuel’s melodies.

    Emmanuel’s technical precision, his virtuosic improvisations and his unusually broad repertoire, which encompasses not only country and bluegrass, but pop, jazz, blues, gospel, even classical, flamenco, and aboriginal styles makes for one of the most enjoyable music experiences. Don't miss this opportunity.

    Box Office Opens: 6.30pm
    Doors Open: 30 minutes prior to performance start time
    Running Time: 2hrs 15mins approx. Including Interval

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or