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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 - What's On At The Aurora Centre


    August 2017

    Selwyn House School

    Shrek The Musical, Jr - Year 7 & 8 Production

    Friday 25 August - 7:00pm

    Saturday 26 August - 2:00pm & 6:00pm


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    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

    Hereora Cultural Festival

    Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 September - 6:00pm


    The Hereora Cultural Celebration evening is a time for some of the kura in the Waimairi-iri Kahui Ako to get their cultural groups together to perform in front of whānau and friends. We see ourselves as one whānau or 'He whānau kotahi tātou,' so this offers us an amazing opportunity to share each other’s strengths with a focus on whanaungatanga and manaakitanga. The event will be run over two nights and tickets will be sorted out within each of the kura. 

    Tickets available at participating schools, please contact your school's office.

    Presented by: Christchurch Arts Festival

    The Absurdity of Humanity

    Friday 15 September - 7:30pm

    Arts 2

    The New Zealand Dance Company

    Striking works by acclaimed NZ choreographer Ross McCormack (Matter) and Australia’s Lina Limosani (Whispers from Pandora’s Box) form a stage-blazing trans-Tasman double bill from The New Zealand Dance Company for one night only.

    Matter is an exceptionally inventive work created by one of New Zealand’s finest and internationally renowned choreographers. This highly acclaimed piece contemplates indecision, environment and questions of purpose within a surreal network of giant pillars. Matter invites you to delve into the depths of humanity, including your own.

    Whispers from Pandora’s Box is a theatrical exposition where Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I, a true romp of action-packed pandemonium. With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist music, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences.

    “The Absurdity of Humanity is a powerful and compelling commentary on the human condition and it should not be missed.”- NZ Herald

    Supported by Creative New Zealand

    Recommended for ages 11+

    Running Times:

    Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.

    Box Office: 6:30pm
    Doors Open: 7.15pm
    Show Starts: 7:30pm
    Duration: 90mins

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    A Capella Extravaganza

    Saturday 16 September - 3:00pm and 7:30pm



    A show not to be missed, a marvellous extravaganza of a cappella and barbershop at it’s very best! 

    The Christchurch City Chorus is proud to bring world champions The Westminster Chorus, and Love Notes international champion quartet to Christchurch. Come and hear the thrill of live a cappella singing.

    Based in southern California, The Westminster Chorus is widely appreciated as one of the finest a cappella ensembles in the world. In addition to the chorus’ three Barbershop Harmony Society international gold medals, The Westminster Chorus also won Choir of the World title in 2009. 

    Please check them here:

    This is a first-time New Zealand visit for LoveNotes quartet. LoveNotes won the International Rising Star contest in 2005 and then went on to become Queens of Harmony, 2014 Sweet Adelines International Champions. They are a thrill to hear and experience live!

    Watch the amazing ladies here: 

    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

    Modern Maori Quartet: That's Us! Album Tour

    With Annie Crummer

    Friday 22 September - 7:30pm


    Presented by: muchmoremusic

    Following a month in Edinburgh, Kiwi crooners Modern Māori Quartet return for a national tour with their debut album “That’s Us!”. Taking in some of the finest halls and theatres Aotearoa has on offer, the Quartet are guaranteed to entertain with their signature blend of off-beat comedy, stage routines and an array of original songs, New Zealand classics and traditional waiata.

    Annie Crummer, local superstar and Pacific Music Awards “Lifetime Achievement” recipient, will be joining the boys on tour, as will frequent MMQ collaborator Awhimai Fraser, making this a Kiwiana show not to be missed.

    “… the new face of Maori showbands, handsome, hilarious and harmonious ... entertainment at its best” – Theatreview

    Running Times:
    Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

    All Shows (except New Plymouth)
    Doors: 7:00pm
    Show Starts: 7:30pm
    Finish (Approx.) 9:10pm

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    October 2017

    Friday 13 October - 7:30pm


    As seen on 7 Days and Chopper’s Republic of Anzakistan.

    Chopper is back for one night only with all his hits, in a grab-bag of his choicest jokes from Ronnie Johns to Anzakistan.

    It’s All Killer.

    This best-of-show is jam-packed with the most gut-achingly, side-splitting, tap out, and beg for mercy, grade A gear that Chopper has to offer from 10 years of touring.

    “Australia’s funniest comedy character.” ★★★★★ The Sunday Mail

    Running Times:

    Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.

    Box Office Opens: 6:00pm
    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Show Starts: 7:30pm
    Approx Finish: 8:30pm

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or

    November 2017

    Dublin's Irish Tenors & The Celtic Ladies

    Monday 20 November - 7:30pm


    Presented by: Tricia & Stewart Macpherson

    Two of Ireland’s best-loved groups DUBLIN’S IRISH TENORS and THE CELTIC LADIES combine to present one beautiful concert tour of New Zealand this November. 

    Moving tirelessly from opera to pop, jazz to classical, each member of DUBLIN’S IRISH TENORS and THE CELTIC LADIES showcase their unique talents, from lively fiddling, to marvellous melodies, to perfected piano pieces. 

    These two groups bring an excellent mix of traditional Irish tunes, adult contemporary and classical music. 

    Hits powerfully and beautifully performed throughout the concert include Danny Boy, Cockles and Mussels, Twist & Shout, Hey Jude, Nessun Dorma, That’s Life, You Raise Me Up, Scarborough Fair, We Are the Champions, Smile, O Sole Mio, Loch Lomond, Rolling in the Deep and Ticket to Ride

    Each number carefully choreographed to combine different additional elements and actions such as dancing humour, special effects, sets and audience interaction enhance the total audience enjoyment of the show.

    DUBLIN’S IRISH TENORS and THE CELTIC LADIES have become one of the most popular shows Ireland has seen in years. With wonderful harmonies and lilting melodies, listen in amazement as these talented singers take you on a breathtaking musical journey.

    To see their video please click here: 

    Tickets available from Ticketek:  0800 842538 or